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Social Foundations of Curriculum

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Kristen Erdem

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Social Foundations of Curriculum

What we have in common Ruth Benedict's Modal Personality

Margaret Mead's take on the American "moral responsibility to succeed".

Developmental periods of continuous stages that encompassing experiences across environment, moral. civic, psychological, physical, and economic dimensions of learning.

Our cultural evolution from inner-directed to other-directed people Our evolving society Traditional/Illiterate societies
family, ceremonies, stories, strictly enforced codes of conduct or behavior.

Modern/Technological societies
education starts at home, continues at school with systematic knowledge, attitudes and values

Contemporary societies
mass media takes on a role in our processing of knowledge and shaping our values and ideas Social Foundations of Curriculum The balancing act between developing the potential of the individual and improving society. Postmodern Society "Where diversity and pluralism dominate discourse and challenge conventional norms and values transmitted by larger society, including the concepts of traditional family, church, and national sentiments"
The postnuclear family

Currently, in our language and in our discourse the idea is to be relevant, not necessarily objective, and to reconceptualize, reinterpret, and rewrite contemporary social science and education theory and then link it to liberation causes.

Consider current topics such as families with same-sex marriages, special ed inclusion topics, new immigrant status and language needs. Tools Books can be used across curriculum subjects
Broudy's broad fields approach to curriculum

John Goodlad's emphasis that...
We should move into an era of asking moral questions and requiring students to grapple with them in the secondary curriculum. What is at stake? The culture of the school
Conformity in Class
Negative experiences leading to Dropping Out
Culture of the classroom
Fear and failure strategy
The peer group
The peer culture and the School When is discussing moral issues inappropriate in public schools because of diverse backgrounds and biases? (Amy Gutman) Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey
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