ERIC Number: ED188954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Dissemination as Planned Cultural Diffusion.
The author traces the change from the use of the term "diffusion" to the term "dissemination" with reference to curriculum projects in Britain and discusses implications of the change. Although at one time the two terms were used interchangeably, the term "dissemination" now emphasizes techniques of effective management rather than the educational problem of transmitting meaning. The author suggests that in abandoning the term "diffusion" curriculum developers have lost access to a theoretical framework. The task of curriculum diffusion is to transmit culture. In the interactions of the school and classroom it is difficult to introduce the new culture of an innovation without recognizing that teachers and pupils are guardians of the old culture. Attempts at planned innovation must help both pupils and teachers accept the culture carried by innovation. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Convention of the American Education Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).