Curriculum Books: The First Hundred Years

Curriculum Books: The First Hundred Years

Curriculum Books: The First Hundred Years

Curriculum Books: The First Hundred Years

Excerpt

Many fields today realize the necessity of searching for their historical roots. Scholars who discourse in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics are increasingly curious about the ideas of their intellectual ancestors. For too long it was assumed that the sciences and their technological derivatives in medicine, industry, transportation, communication, and so on, were nearly perfect evolutionary systems. That is to say, they automatically expurgated inert thoughts and perceived little need to probe their archaic past. Today, this position is recognized for its puerility. Much of importance can be gleaned from the thought patterns and techniques, if not from the substantive knowledge, expressed in works by those who forged the origins of many a scholarly domain. To be ahistorical is indefensible.

This is the case for the study of curriculum in the field of education. Curriculum scholars, administrators, and teachers have come to see themselves as part of an evolving historical context. They need to know about the insights, foibles, and achievements of those who faced similar problems in other times and circumstances. Many do recognize this need. Yet historical awareness cannot be achieved by desire alone. The centralization of literature about curriculum is a necessary prerequisite to knowledge and analysis of its origins. To know one's origins is to know one's present and to be able to create one's future.

PURPOSE AND ORGANIZATION

This book provides a chronology of curriculum books that appeared in the United States from roughly 1900 to 2000. Thus, it is designed for anyone whose interests and professional pursuits deal with education. It portrays a stream of books used to educate school administrators, teachers, aspiring educators, educational scholars, and the wider public about curriculum for the past century. It is not a history book in a technical sense; rather, it is a chronology of books with commentaries. Each chapter treats a decade for which . . .

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