What's Worth Teaching?: Selecting, Organizing, and Integrating Knowledge

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SUNY Press - Education - 147 pages
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In his daring and ground-breaking work, Brady argues that the most satisfactory way to make the general education curriculum a coherent whole is not by bridging between the parts but by recognizing them as integral, logically-related components of larger entities. These “larger entities” are socio-cultural systems.

When considering what's worth teaching, administrators and faculty typically have faced issues such as these:

For decades we have been in the center of an information explosion. How can we decide what new information to teach, and what old information to exclude to make room for the new?

Vast domains of knowledge lie neglected outside the traditional disciplines and subjects. How can these domains be identified, and their relative importance determined?

Learning theorists insist that learners must make new knowledge part of a logically-integrated conceptual framework. How can educators help students construct these frameworks?

Certain ideas are so powerful they should be introduced early and elaborated year after year. What are these ideas?

Until now questions such as these had no answers. But What's Worth Teaching? does suggest answers. In clear and thoughtfully crafted language, Brady lays a theoretical foundation for a general education curriculum surpassing in comprehensiveness and coherence anything now offered in America's schools and universities.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Organizing Knowledge
35
Integrating Knowledge
79
Appendix A Notes on Teaching
115
Appendix B Illustrative Instructional Material
131
Index
145
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Marion Brady teaches social science at Brevard Community College. He has extensive experience as an educational writer and consultant.

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