The Handbook of Curriculum Inquiry

The Handbook of Curriculum Inquiry


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The purpose of this work is to provide a scholarly overview and framework of curriculum policy and practice as platforms for describing/recommending research questions, studies, and agendas for university-based, center-based, central education authority-based, and district-based researchers and research teams. This Handbook of Curriculum Inquiry is intended to be a more compact, strategically focused, and accessible handbook than the extremely large collections of often unrelated essays that have comprised almost all other handbooks. Thus, instead of the primary market being libraries and reference sets, this handbook should be of greater use to a wider audience of individuals. Libraries, to be sure, would constitute an important market audience. Each chapter of this Handbook will offer a sound, scholarly review of major research studies in the area under consideration. In addition, and particularly important, each chapter also will contain an embedded section that sets forth a set of questions for inquiry, sample studies, and/or (an) inquiry agenda(s). No other previous Handbook, to our knowledge, has these important added-value features. Furthermore, each chapter has been planned to offer questions and agendas that will include a range of complementary qualitative and quantitative research methods (historical, case study, ethnographic, narrative, arts-based, experimental, regression, survey, etc.). As an alternative to embedding them in the chapters, a companion book could be developed setting forth inquiry directions from the content chapters.


Introduction. Part I: Curriculum Policy and Practice. Curriculum Policy and Practice Trends in American Public Schools. Overview chapter on curriculum and assessment policy and practice trends at the national, states, and local levels. International Curriculum Policy and Practice Trends. State of curriculum practice globally, especially focusing on the UK, other European nations, Canada, and Australia. Subject Area Trends: Literacy (writing and reading), English/ Language Arts (composition, literature, etc.). Mathematics. Social Studies (especially history and geography). Sciences. Foreign Languages. Vocational Education. The Arts and Music. Physical Education. Part II. Curriculum Policy Drivers, Contexts, and Conflicts. This section will address the "why?" of curriculum policy and practice and provide insights into the forces behind the development of curriculum policy at the state and national levels. Economic, Political, Cultural, and Sociological drivers (demographics, diversity, globalization, human capital theory, etc.) Curriculum Ideologies. Curriculum Reform History. Part III. Curriculum Change. Curriculum Development and Alignment Processes. Curriculum Implementation and System Change. Teacher Development. Curriculum Leadership. Curriculum Evaluation. Part IV. Curriculum Issues. A. Equity Issues. Accessibility Issues. Accountability Issues. Extracurricular Issues. Alternative Schools and Curricula (Charter Schools, Alternative Schools, etc.). Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781593111755
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9781593111755
  • ISBN10: 1593111754

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