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ERIC Number: EJ1147533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1881-4832
Did There Exist Two Stages of Franklin Bobbitt's Curriculum Theory?
Liu, Xing
Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, n11 p71-81 Mar 2017
Franklin Bobbitt is the founder of modern curriculum theory. There is a generally supported saying that Bobbitt's theory went through two stages, the first focused on social efficiency with a mechanical and behavioral approach, and the second a more progressive approach, caring for the living experience of pupils. A close reading of his so-called turning point paper proves that this is a misunderstanding and that these two parts actually composed an organic unity in his theory from the very beginning. This misunderstanding happened mainly in the 1970s, with a tendency to criticize the Tyler Rationale as scientism. It influenced the canonical narrative in curriculum textbooks later and became a stereotype in our understanding of Bobbitt. It obscures the complexity of the history of educational thought.
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