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Title: Educational projects : theory, practice and curriculum change.
Author: Buttle, Joseph Walter.
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1990
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This thesis sets out to add to our understanding of the "what" "how" and "why" of curriculum change in the following ways: (a) it takes a broad view of "curriculum", including the interactive as well as the pre-active; and evaluation and pedagogy as well as curriculum content. By means of the concept of "curricularisation", it forces attention upon the constructed nature of curriculum and the knowledge-constitutive interests it serves, whilst the notion of "evolution" is looked at in the context of cultural hegemony; (b) by focussing upon the "educational project" and its relationships between theory and practice, it renders problematic the rationalism, pedagogy and assessment procedures associated with traditional education; (c) substantively, it takes two sixth-form student projects as case-studies: the "pure" science of Nuffield Biology, and the "applied" science of Cambridge Technology; (d) methodologically, it views their pre-active curricula from both micro- and macro- sociohistorical perspectives, and studies their interactive curricula by ethnographic methods. The former method explores the cultural roots of the curriculum and the major external forces acting upon it, whilst the latter seeks to identify its internal dynamics in terms of linguistic sequences and their associated control. The sociohistorical evidence presented suggests that, contrary to fashionable belief, it is the aristocratid culture with its academic curriculum which is hegemonic. Whilst interactional data shows that, despite opportunities for "practical" curricularisation, it is the "technical" mode which predominates, raising the issue of the limits of curriculum change. Several other issues are raised in the course of this research. Those addressed here concern the problematic relationships between theory and practice in the fields of subject content, pedagogy and evaluation. Whilst underlying all such issues are the assumptions, foundations and curriculum structures which, although problematic, are taken for granted.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Education & training Education