Curriculum and aims by Decker F. Walker, Jonas F. Soltis

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973 subject : Education--Aims and objectives--United States, Education--United States--Curricula, Curriculum planning--United States. Page i THINKING ABOUT EDUCATION SERIES THIRD EDITION Jonas F. Soltis, Editor The revised and expanded Third Edition of this series builds on the strengths of the previous editions. Written in a clear and concise style, these books speak directly to preservice and in-service teachers. Each offers useful interpretive categories and thought-provoking insights into daily practice in schools.

When a principal develops a community service program for student volunteers, that becomes part of the school curriculum. When teachers decide to redirect class discussions that have veered from the main point to a relatively unimportant issue, they are making on-the-spot curriculum decisions. When they decide to set aside their plans for a social studies lesson in order to discuss events of current interest, they are exercising their professional judgment to alter earlier curriculum decisions.

Curriculum revision was one phase of the progressive movement in education. "Progressive education" began to take shape in the United States as early as 1875 and formally ended in the 1950s with the demise of the Progressive Education Society. 6 However, educational reform movements animated by progressive and traditional points of view continue to arise. The British infant school reform of the 1970s and its American counterpart, open education, are recent exampies of progressive reforms, while the back-to-basics reforms of the 1980s reflect the traditional point of view.

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