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ERIC Number: EJ1143438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Standing in Need of Justification: Michael Apple, R. S. Peters and Jürgen Habermas
Wheeler-Bell, Quentin
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v49 n4 p561-578 2017
Curriculum decisions are increasingly seen as technocratic or bureaucratic problems, rather than democratic issues that must be deliberated over. As such, curriculum decisions are placed in the hands of a small minority of bureaucrats and business elites who assume the only purpose of education is to prepare children for college and/or the labour market. Within these times, it is essential to revisit classics works in order to move forward a critical theory of the curriculum. To develop a critical theory of the curriculum, I shall revisit two classic books in curriculum studies--R.S. Peters's "Ethics & Education" and Michael Apple's "Ideology and Curriculum". I place Michael Apple and R.S. Peters in conversation with each other because both believe, albeit differently, that the curriculum "stands in need of justification": both agree the curriculum must be publically justified through democratic deliberation. Furthermore, Apple and Peters develop different sets of tools for a critical theory of the curriculum--Apple provides tools for critique and Peters tools for the normative standards. However, both inadequately develop the normative standards for determining when the curriculum is democratically justified. These normative standards, I argue, are developed by Habermas's critical theory of discourse ethics which is capable of building upon and expanding the insights of Apple and Peters.
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Language: English
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