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ERIC Number: ED201556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Focus on Students in Curriculum Knowledge: A Critique of Curriculum Criticism.
Vallance, Elizabeth
Student involvement in the area of curriculum criticism would provide a more comprehensive view of curricular and educational needs. Curriculum criticism is premised on an analogy between the curriculum (as a set of materials offering experience to its recipients) and the work of art in any medium. The curriculum critic attempts to portray the experience offered by the work and especially the experiences offered to students. The critic serves as a bridge between a curriculum and school officials who must make a decision about it. This inquiry tool goes a step beyond the participant-observer methodologies of ethnography. To bridge the gap fully, between participant and observer, however, it is necessary to use students' perspectives either by studying students; folk knowledge about the curriculum or to train students to work explicitly as critics. A focus on students and their perceptions of the curricular experience would provide valuable data as well as help demystify the concept of criticism. It would bring curriculum criticism closer to its full potential by portraying the experience offered by schooling. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 1981). For a related document, see SO 013 300.