© 2007

School Knowledge in Comparative and Historical Perspective

Changing Curricula in Primary and Secondary Education

  • Editors
  • Aaron Benavot
  • Cecilia Braslavsky
  • Nhung Truong

Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Introduction

    1. Aaron Benavot, Nhung Truong
      Pages 1-11
  3. The Changing Ideological Bases of the School Curriculum

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVII
    2. Francisco O. Ramírez, David Suárez, John W. Meyer
      Pages 35-52
  4. Curricular Contents and Practices in Primary and Secondary Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVII
    2. Yasemin Nuhoğlu Soysal, Suk-Ying Wong
      Pages 73-88
    3. Cecilia Braslavsky, Carla Borges, Marcelo Souto Simão, Nhung Truong
      Pages 89-104
    4. Jürgen Oelkers, Sabina Larcher Klee
      Pages 105-118
    5. David H. Kamens, Aaron Benavot
      Pages 135-154
  5. The Dynamics of Curriculum-Making and Curricular Reform

  6. School Curricula in Perspective: Reflections on the Past, and Directions for the Future

About this book


School curricula are established not only to prepare young people for a real world, but also to beckon an imagined one anchored in individual rights and collective progress. Both worlds—the real and the imagined—increasingly reflect influential trans-national forces.

In this special edited volume, scholars with diverse backgrounds and conceptual frameworks explore how economic, political, social and ideological forces impact on school curricula over time and place. In providing regional and global perspectives on curricular policies, practices and reforms, the authors move beyond the conventional notion that school contents reflect principally national priorities and subject-based interests. Some authors emphasize a convergence to standardized global curricular structures and discourses. Others suggest that changes regarding the intended contents of primary and secondary school curricula reveal regional or trans-cultural influences. Overall, these comparative and historical studies demonstrate that the dynamics of curriculum-making and curricular reform are increasingly forged within wider regional, cross-regional and global contexts.


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