The Spectre of Theory in Curriculum for Educational Researchers: A Mexican Example

Burgos, Rosa Nidia Buenfil
November 1999
International Review of Education / Internationale Zeitschrift f;Nov99, Vol. 45 Issue 5/6, p461
Academic Journal
Recent educational policies in many parts of the world have tended to underplay the significance of theory in curriculum debates. This article examines examples of this tendency, paying particular attention to a case study of a prestigious education department at a Mexican university where the curriculum over 18 years was systematically drained of theoretical content. The author argues that removing theoretical discussion from the educational field will damage knowledge production in the field and ultimately harm the practice of education.


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