ERIC Number: ED366235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
A Century of Curricular Perspectives: Which Curricularist Has Been the Most Influential?
This study examined which curricularists have been most influential in the formulation of curriculum theory in America since the beginning of this century. In addition the study sought to uncover the extent of theorists' reliance on the Cartesian-Newtonian model. Using a Delphi technique, the project mailed two successive questionnaires to 169 members of the Society for the Professors of Curriculum. The initial mailing asked respondents to identify those curriculum theorists they considered most influential in this century. Responses (n=115) listed from 1 to 80 theorists. The second survey listed the 11 most frequently mentioned names from the first results and requested respondents to select the five theorists they believed to be most influential. Responses to the second survey numbered 126. The most frequently mentioned theorists in this round were John Dewey (selected 109 times) and Ralph Tyler (108) followed by Hilda Taba (69) and Franklin Bobbitt (62). These four theorists are seen as representing philosophies commensurate with the traditionally dominant scientific, Cartesian-Newtonian curriculum model. An appendix contains two tables showing data from each survey. (Contains 15 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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