Curriculum Perspectives: An Introduction

  • Jan van den Akker


The primary aim of this introductory chapter is to outline some basic notions on curriculum and curriculum development. It is certainly not my aspiration to offer a comprehensive overview and analysis of the scholarly field of curriculum theory. For that purpose a number of thorough, extensive books are available, for example The Handbook of Research on Curriculum (Jackson, 1992a) or, more recently, Curriculum Books, The First Hundred Years (Schubert, Lopez Schubert, Thomas & Carroll, 2002). Nor is it my intention to provide a synoptic guide for the study of curriculum. For that purpose many valuable books have been published, for example Fundamentals of Curriculum (Walker, 1990, 2003) and Curriculum: Alternative Approaches and Ongoing Concerns (Marsh & Willis, 2003), to name two of my favorites.


Curriculum Development Curriculum Design Curriculum Change Curriculum Theory Curriculum Improvement 
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  • Jan van den Akker
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  1. 1.University of TwenteThe Netherlands

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