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Understanding Curriculum

Understanding Curriculum
The Australian Context

2nd Edition


Claire Charles
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108449991

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  • Understanding Curriculum is a critical introduction to contemporary curriculum theory and practice. Substantially revised, the second edition includes more detailed consideration of the ideological underpinnings of curriculum development, features new chapters on assessment and reporting, and updated vignettes and extracts. These features, combined with all the elements of the previous edition, encourages readers to reflect on how curriculum theory can inform and enhance classroom practice.

    • Explores major philosophies of curriculum development, including conservative, neoliberal and progressive approaches
    • Examines the relationships between curriculum and pedagogy, equity, technology, gender, social justice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues in depth
    • Includes annotated weblinks and lecturer resources
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108449991
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 176 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The landscape of curriculum theory
    2. Introducing conservative ideological approaches to curriculum
    3. Social efficiency ideology
    4. Neoliberal ideology in curriculum
    5. Progressive approaches to curriculum
    6. Social reconstruction ideology
    7. Pedagogy
    8. Equity and (critical) diversity
    9. Exploring implications of the construction of the girl/boy binary in curriculum Claire Charles
    10. Indigenous issues and a curriculum for social justice
    11. How educational technology influences curriculum work
    12. Assessing what we value
    13. Designing assessment
    14. Unit planning and design
    15. Reflecting on how you can bring education to the curriculum.

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    Understanding Curriculum

    Scott Webster, Ann Ryan

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    Scott Webster, Deakin University, Victoria
    Scott Webster has twelve years teaching experience in high schools and sixteen years experience teaching and researching in universities. While a high school teacher he was nominated for a national award for teaching excellence by ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA). His research specialises in philosophy of education and curriculum theory.

    Ann Ryan, Deakin University, Victoria
    Ann Ryan has worked as a teacher and senior administrator in the secondary education sector in both Australia and overseas. As a senior curriculum manager she was responsible for national curriculum design and development in Papua New Guinea. She has published a series of environmental studies text books and a series of general science text books. Her research interests focus on curriculum and pedagogy with an interest in science education.


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