ERIC Number: ED319690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Key Concepts of Curriculum: Toward Identifying a Field.
Mullinax, Jane P.
The boundaries of the curriculum field are often confused with those of other fields in education. This paper proposes 10 recurring themes, called key concepts, that are unique to the curriculum field. The key concepts, identified from select curriculum textbooks, delineate the field's content, establish its boundaries, and permit a greater understanding of its historical and contemporary significance. The 10 key concepts identified are: (1) sectarianism, (2) definition, (3) organization, (4) curriculum planning processes, (5) curriculum planning personnel, (6) intention, (7) selection, (8) sequence, (9) evaluation, and (10) purpose of education. These key concepts provide boundaries for the curriculum field and eliminate extraneous content from it. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).