Rethinking the School Curriculum: Values, Aims, and Purposes

Rethinking the School Curriculum: Values, Aims, and Purposes

Rethinking the School Curriculum: Values, Aims, and Purposes

Rethinking the School Curriculum: Values, Aims, and Purposes

Synopsis

In 2000, the school curriculum in England was equipped - for the first time in the country's history - with an extensive set of aims and purposes. In this book, leading experts in the teaching of school subjects examine the significance of the new aims for the reform of the curriculum. In two general introductory chapters John White discusses the validity of the aims and how they might be realised in schools. The remainder of the book focuses on subject specific areas and how these need to be brought into line with the new aims, so as to produce a more relevant and enjoyable curriculum experience for pupils, including more opportunities for choice of activities. The book concludes with suggestions about how government policy on the curriculum should now succeed. This portrayal of the school curriculum today and how it could be developed in line with the new aims will be of interest to those studying education with a particular focus on the areas of curriculum, assessment, school management, philosophy of education and the history of education.

Excerpt

The world over, school curricula are based on a set of familiar school subjects - often such items as mother tongue, mathematics, science, history, geography, a foreign language, art, music, physical education. In all countries, those who want their educational system to prepare children for a flourishing personal and civic life have serious reservations about the status quo, in particular, the tendency of the conventional curriculum towards compartmentalisation and atomisation and also its contribution to pupil disaffection and rejection of learning.

Since 2000 the English educational system has had a standard for measuring the success of traditional school subjects in meeting broader aims. This takes the form of an extensive new official statement on the 'Values, aims and purposes underpinning the school curriculum' - the first such statement of aims in English history. In this book leading experts in different curriculum areas apply this standard to the teaching of their own subject.

An honest picture of shortfalls is combined with imaginative proposals for a better match between their subjects and the new aims. Both tend to point in the same direction. In one way, this is not surprising, since the present authors have worked closely together for over a year, sharing ideas and collectively refining the work into an authoritative set of proposals for future policy reform. Their focus is on the English system, but since the general aims of its curriculum can be applied to most others, their diagnoses and solutions have global resonance. . .

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