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ERIC Number: EJ1080599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
The School Curriculum and Liberal Education
Crittenden, Brian
Education Research and Perspectives, v33 n1 p105-127 2006
This article illustrates imaginative ways in which the building blocks of a liberal education (the systematic intellectual disciplines) can be assembled into a school curriculum. The advocacy of liberal education as the distinctive work of schools does not require a curriculum of isolated academic subjects. The historic ideal of the school as a distinct institution for inducting the young into the life of a literate culture is completely at odds with the practice in which students, with little if any understanding, memorize large quantities of content and are mechanically trained in the application of methods in response to appropriate cues. The efforts to integrate areas of systematic knowledge in a curriculum must take care to reflect, as accurately as possible, the similarities and differences in the various kinds of knowledge and the methods of verification on which they are founded.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia