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ERIC Number: ED257720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Making of Curriculum.
Goodson, Ivor
The study of how subjects are or are not accepted for inclusion into the curriculum is an area which has largely been ignored but which offers opportunities for a new integration of historical, sociological, and educational approaches. Some of the areas open for such study include the structural and political factors influencing the making of curriculum, the negotiation of entry and status of the curriculum in schools, and how the curriculum was constructed and reconstructed. Internal and external processes involved in the making of curriculum are identified. The internal processes include invention of the ideas necessary for the creation of the subject and the development of coalitions to promote the subject as a discipline. External processes include the influence of constituencies outside the educational system on the evolution of academic disciplines and curriculum. Combining these internal and external processes allows for the development of an evolutionary model of the political processes involved. Stages in this process include the invention of a new subject, promotion of the subject by those interested in seeing it adopted, legalization or acceptance, and mythologization, the final stage in which a subject receives automatic acceptance. (IS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).