Synthesis/Regeneration 5   (Winter 1993)

Questioning Curriculum           

Epistemological: What should count as knowledge? As knowing?

Political: Who shall control the selection and distribution of knowledge? Through what institutions?

Economic: How is the control of knowledge linked to the existing and unequal distribution of power, goods, and services in society?

Ideological: What knowledge is of most worth? Whose knowledge is it?

Technical: How shall curricular knowledge be made accessible to students?

Aesthetic: How do we link the curriculum knowledge to the biography and personal meanings of the student?

Ethical: How shall we treat others responsibly and justly in education?

Historical: What traditions in the field already exist to help us answer these questions? What other resources do we need to go further?

(Landon E. Beyer and Michael W. Apple, eds., 1988, The Curriculum [Albany: State University of New York Press], p. 5.)

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