An Imperative for the Curriculum Worker: Historical Perspective

Alexander, William M.
September 1973
Education Digest;Sep1973, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p29
The article discusses the issues related to the process of designing education curriculum in the U.S. The imperative for the curriculum worker presented in this article is not a new nor emerging one, but one that recent and current curriculum development efforts have largely ignored. A case in point is the area of curriculum design and, specifically for present illustration, the current preoccupation of some curriculum planners and systems with curriculum designs focused on performance objectives. Curriculum development efforts of the past 50 years have been exploring such various designs as social activities and problems, individual interests and needs, humanistic processes, and others for these goals. The primary rationale for a historical perspective on curriculum development is the need for curriculum workers to distill their theories and practices through the sieve of past and present theories and practices. One could never expect every curriculum committee or other curriculum-designing unit to go through the complete seminar process.


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