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ERIC Number: ED543197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1950
Reference Count: 0
Core Curriculum in Public High Schools: An Inquiry into Practices, 1949. Bulletin, 1950, No. 5
Wright, Grace S.
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
Educators of youth have always been concerned with the organization of the content of instruction. When the prime purpose of secondary education was preparation for college, higher education institutions very largely determined the content, form, and standard of instruction of the preparatory schools. As the numbers of youth seeking a high-school education increased, secondary schools found it necessary to provide curriculum which were not primarily intended to meet college entrance requirements since most of the youth would not go to college. Modifications of the secondary school program have taken many forms, one of which is the development of a core curriculum that combines and integrates two or more subjects which formerly would have been taught separately. The relatively larger block of time provided for the core makes it possible for the core teacher to come to know better the needs of the boys and girls with whom she works and to plan with them for units of work which take those needs into consideration. The core, then, becomes an important factor in taking the school program from the realm of the strictly subject-centered to that in which needs and concerns of youth play an important role. In so doing the core curriculum makes a significant contribution to Life Adjustment Education, a long-term program in which the Office of Education is engaged and which has for its purpose the provision of a high-school program to meet the imperative needs of every youth. It is believed that this bulletin represents the first specific attempt to provide a systematic picture of the status of the core curriculum in this country. It is hoped that the findings presented here will be of assistance both to elementary and to secondary schools as they search for better ways of helping youth adjust to life. The One-Period Cores are appended. (Contains 6 tables.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: College Preparation, Secondary School Curriculum, School Activities, Curriculum Development, Core Curriculum, High Schools, Public Schools, Educational Practices, State Surveys, Administrator Attitudes
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, Office of Education (ED)