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The curriculum

in Education

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643264
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191778278 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199643264.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

The curriculum

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Should our teaching focus on instruction in basic skills or should we be trying to inspire and enthuse children, stirring their imaginations? ‘The curriculum’ revisits this question, which is basically the progressive versus formal debate, looking at the dilemma in terms of what should be taught. How is a curriculum set? Have the curricula set by national governments and other bodies changed much? We can study the visible curriculum, but there is also the hidden curriculum. This exists in a wider set of beliefs and values pupils acquire because of the way a school is run and its teaching organized.

Keywords: Jerome Bruner; curriculum; hidden curriculum; national curriculum; skills

Chapter.  4966 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Education

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