ERIC Number: ED265956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
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The Interrelationship between One's View of Man, Culture and Curriculum.
Steyn, I. N.
This paper states that school is an institution created by society to transmit the valuable life contents to be found in culture to children in the shape of learning contents. Discussed are (1) the ontological issues underlying curriculum; (2) the coherence between reality, culture and curriculum; and (3) man's cultural rights. Curriculum is viewed as a composite body of knowledge resulting from man's search for and discovery of the concrete reality of God's will (law) within creation. Cultural reality is the result of man's execution of his vocation as steward of nature. The curriculum includes knowledge about culturally formative activities that include a whole spectrum of reality. The way in which communities and nations throughout the ages have discovered the laws underlying reality and ordered these for an orderly existence is to be found within the culture. This is a concretization of "the right of peoples to preserve their culture." The homogeneity of cultural groups in the same school is a prerequisite for the orderly existence and functioning of any curriculum. On the basis of the foregoing information, it is, in the last analysis, essential to point to the futility of the adoption of curricula from countries with conflicting cultures. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa