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ERIC Number: EJ794941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Human Agency and the Curriculum
Alexander, Hanan A.
Theory and Research in Education, v3 n3 p343-369 2005
It is generally supposed that a curriculum should engage students with worthwhile knowledge, which requires an understanding of what it means for something to be worthwhile: a substantive conception of the good. Yet a number of influential curriculum theories deny or undermine one or another aspect of the key assumption upon which a meaningful account of the good depends--that people are the agents of their own beliefs, desires and actions. This renders a significant encounter between the curriculum and substantive ethics highly problematic. In this article I explore the meeting between curriculum and human agency in four seminal curriculum theories, and offer a framework to engage the curriculum with this key concept of substantive ethics. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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