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Curriculum: From Theory to Practice (Paperback)
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Curriculum: From Theory to Practice (Paperback)

Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 16/03/2011
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Curriculum introduces readers to curriculum theory and practice. Wesley Null provides a unique organization of the curriculum field into five traditions: systematic, existential, radical, pragmatic, and deliberative. He discusses the philosophical and historical foundations as well as the historical and contemporary figures who have shaped each curriculum tradition. Additionally, he presents case studies that provide the opportunity for scholars and practitioners to resolve curriculum problems through deliberation.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442209152
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 257 x 181 x 20 mm

Curriculum: From Theory to Practice gives its readers a powerful framework that embraces both classical and contemporary theorists for the mapping of traditions in education, curricula, and curriculum-making. At the same time, it makes a case for the importance of a deliberative tradition of educational thought that can embrace the theory and the practice of the book's title as well as the moral and the practical. I look forward to introducing students to the curriculum field by way of this book. -- Ian Westbury, Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wesley Null combines in this work the deft hand of an educational historian with the knowledge and skill of a curriculum scholar. His analysis of the deliberative curriculum-and its attendant synthesis through the work of past and present curriculum thinkers-is both original and imaginative. Not only is the theory of curriculum examined, but the foundation is provided for students and practitioners to make meaning of the field in all its processes and outcomes. Null's commitment to balance in curricular theory and practice is exemplary. This well-crafted and thoughtful book is a noteworthy contribution to the arena of curriculum studies. -- John A. Beineke, Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Currriculum, Arkansas State University
Wesley Null provides a synoptic curriculum text with historical perspective, theoretical depth, and contextual breadth, while sustaining practical purport-an unusual accomplishment, indeed. This book reveals a faith in educators to move beyond oppressive curriculum mandates of political pundits to recognize the capacity of teachers, educational leaders, and policy makers. It is a call to deliberate carefully on diverse curriculum traditions and to imagine liberating possibilities in the face of dilemmas faced in schools today. -- William H. Schubert, professor and director of Graduate Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
I received the text Curriculum: From Theory to Practice, and I have not been able to put it down. Wesley Null truly offer a balanced and refreshing view of curricular history and theory, while also presenting a very practical approach for in-service educators. I plan on adopting it for my curriculum courses in the fall. -- Doug Feldmann, Northern Kentucky University
Excellent text for a curriculum issuer course. It can be a stand-along text or supplemental. -- James L. Moseley, Wayne State University

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