The Politics of Curriculum Decision-Making: Issues in Centralizing the Curriculum

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Education - 236 pages
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Recent proposals for school reform have involved a significant shift in how curriculum decisions are made, particularly at the state level. In response to these proposals, actions taken by educators have underscored the critical nature of the issue regarding who makes curriculum decisions. This book examines the issues involved in how this pivotal concern has been addressed in the past and how it is being handled now.

Each chapter contributes to a more complete understanding of the complexities involved in the recent trend toward the centralization of curriculum decision-making. The book will assist both researchers and practitioners in better understanding the issues involved as well as the impact of the movement.
 

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Contents

Curriculum Making as a Sociopolitical Process
9
A Conceptual Framework for Curriculum Decision Making
24
Two Visions of Federalism and the Control of the Curriculum
42
Centralizing Curriculum at the State Level
67
Historical Perspective on Centralizing Curriculum
98
Teacher Education and Curriculum Decision Making The Issue of Teacher Professionalism
121
Centralized Curriculum Effects on the Local School Level
151
Organizational Metaphors Curriculum Reform and Local School and District Change
167
Centralized Curriculum Decision Making The View from the Organized Teaching Profession
198
Issues from Curriculum Theory in the Centralization of Curriculum
210
Index
227
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M. Frances Klein is Eminent Scholar Visiting Professor at Jacksonville State University, Alabama.

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