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Curriculum trends : a reference handbook
Janesick, Valerie J.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

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xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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Curriculum Trends is an authoritative exploration of curriculum history in America and the theory and foundations currently influencing school practices for pre-K through 12th grade.

âeuro;¢ Includes a timeline from the 1890s to the present day of the key events that shaped America's schools

âeuro;¢ Includes up-to-date websites, list serves, and resources as well as a listing of professional organizations devoted to understanding curriculum studies

Author Notes

Valerie J. Janesick is professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Dedication and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chapter 1 Introduction and Framing the Fieldp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Curriculum Trends as a Paintingp. 2
The First Stroke: The Traditionalist View of Curriculum Trendsp. 2
What Did We Learn from the Traditional View?p. 3
A Stroke of Deweyp. 4
The Next Stroke: The Reconceptualistsp. 6
The Cognitive Process Orientationp. 6
The Technological Orientationp. 7
The Self-Actualization Orientationp. 7
The Social Reconstructionist Orientationp. 8
The Academic Rationalist Approachp. 8
Another Stroke: The Postmodern Trends in Curriculump. 9
Postmodernism: In Bold Strokesp. 10
Postmodernism and Applications for Curriculum Trendsp. 10
Legal Cases That Have Shaped Curriculum Trendsp. 11
Plessy v. Fergusonp. 11
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansasp. 12
Lau v. Nicholsp. 13
Daniel v. State of Californiap. 13
Americans with Disabilities Actp. 14
The Education of All Handicapped Children Act Amendments of 1990p. 14
Integrated Thematic Unitsp. 15
Example 1 Bear Theme Study--Grade Onep. 15
Example 2 Another World Theme--Middle Schoolp. 24
What Do the Units Teach Us about the Curriculum Process?p. 42
The Next Strokes: Curriculum as Ethical, Aesthetic, and Autobiographical Workp. 42
Autobiography as a Natural Evolution in Curriculump. 42
What Can We Learn from Autobiography as a Curriculum Trend?p. 50
Combining Elements of the Autobiographical, the Ethical, and the Aestheticp. 51
Reactionsp. 54
Commentsp. 56
Home Schooling as an Alternative Curriculum Trendp. 56
The Maria Montessori Model: Schooling and Curriculump. 58
Rudolf Steiner and the Waldorf Schoolsp. 59
Writing across the Curriculum and Journal Writing as Postmodern Trendsp. 60
Arts-Based Curriculum Trendsp. 67
Summary of Postmodern Alternative Curriculum Trendsp. 69
Curriculum Trends, School Reform, Standards, and Assessmentp. 69
Some Ethical Problems with the Standards Movementp. 71
Learning from the Texas School Reform Casep. 71
Teaching for the Testp. 74
A Major Contradiction: The New Discriminationp. 75
Continuing Ethical Questions Regarding Norm-Referenced Testsp. 76
Is the NRT Test Score Accurate?p. 77
Race, Class, and Gender Bias in Testingp. 77
Ethical Questions Raised as a Result of the Work on Multiple Intelligences: Searching for New Ways to Explain Learningp. 79
No Easy Questions: The Manufactured Crisisp. 81
Understanding Curriculum through Standards and Assessmentp. 83
Reviewing Some Problems with High-Stakes Testingp. 84
What the Activist Organization Fairtest Is Teaching Usp. 85
The Major Problemsp. 86
Hopeful Signsp. 86
Summaryp. 87
Referencesp. 89
Chapter 2 Chronologyp. 93
From the 1890s to the 1920s: The Pretraditionalist Erap. 93
From the 1920s to the 1950s: The Traditionalist Erap. 94
From the 1960s to the 1980s: The Reconceptualist Erap. 95
The Traditionalistsp. 96
The Social Behvioristsp. 96
The Experientialistsp. 97
From the 1980s Onward: The Postmodern Critical Erap. 97
Summaryp. 99
Chapter 3 Organizations That Support or Relate to Curriculum Trendsp. 101
Related Key Organizationsp. 101
Information Providersp. 104
Related Educational Groupsp. 107
Chapter 4 Print and Nonprint Resourcesp. 121
Major Texts about Curriculum Trendsp. 121
Selected Articles Regarding Curriculum Trendsp. 128
Journals in the Fieldp. 136
Videotapes Related to Curriculum Trendsp. 139
Web Sitesp. 149
Discussion Listsp. 155
Chapter 5 Curriculum Trends for the Future: Hope and Possibilityp. 157
Multiculturalism and Diversity in the Curriculump. 157
Referencesp. 160
Integrating the Arts into the Curriculump. 160
Critical Thinking, Critical Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies and Writing in the Curriculump. 161
An Example of a Reflection on Using a Journal to Develop Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills in Classroom Settingsp. 161
Why Journal Writing?p. 162
Summaryp. 173
Authentic Assessmentp. 174
Characteristics of Typical Tests and Authentic Tasksp. 175
The Assessment Discussionp. 176
Some History on Assessmentp. 177
Authentic Assessment in Today's Worldp. 178
How Authentic Assessment Is Suited for Today's Worldp. 180
Referencesp. 180
Summaryp. 180
Appendix A A Glossary of Terms Related to Curriculum Trendsp. 183
Appendix B Questions for Reflection on Curriculum as Ethical Textp. 187
Appendix C Reflections on Curriculum as Aesthetic Textp. 189
Appendix D Curriculum as Autobiographical Textp. 191
Appendix E Curriculum as Spiritual Text: An Examplep. 197
Appendix F Sample of a Reflective Journal Entryp. 203
Appendix G Samples of Reflective Journal Writing as a Performance Taskp. 211
Appendix H Examples of Reflection on Curriculum as Racial Textp. 219
Indexp. 227
About the Authorp. 235