ERIC Number: EJ1084388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Crisis? A Commentary on Michael Young's Article "Overcoming the Crisis in Curriculum Theory"
Lundgren, Ulf P.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v47 n6 p787-801 2015
Michael Young's article "Overcoming the crisis in curriculum theory: a knowledge-based approach" ("JCS, 45", 2) is discussed from the starting point that the claimed crisis is constructed from a decisive solution, that is the solution determines what is a crisis. But curriculum research and curriculum theory are in need of change. Curriculum research is discussed from an international and historical perspective. The focus is on how economic changes and changes in modes of production have created demands that have been met by an increasing trust in competition between schools and nations. Curriculum construction has been globalized. Curriculum research and curriculum theory ought to problematize and analyse these changes in the conditions for curriculum construction and the politics of education. It is insight into these changes that are needed as well as a serious discussion on the meaning and direction of formation ("Bildung") as a framework for research on the knowledge that has to be selected and organized for teaching.
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Research, Educational History, Economic Factors, Competition, Global Approach, Politics of Education, Guidelines, Program Content, Educational Philosophy, Futures (of Society), Social Change, Relevance (Education), Educational Objectives, Mass Instruction, Achievement Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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