Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Formation of School Subjects

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_5


This entry examines the history of subject knowledge from the early 1960s to date, through the work of critical theorists and sociologists. It looks at the reexamination of the role of sociological and historical methods in the study of curriculum and the importance of understanding the social history of the school curriculum and in particular school subjects.

Studying Subject Knowledge

In Britain in the early 1970s, there was a wave of change in secondary schooling from a previously selective “tripartite” system toward a fully comprehensive system where all types and abilities of children were grouped under the roof of one school. This transformation in the organization of secondary schooling led to an interesting series of curriculum debates both within schools and outside schools about the form that the comprehensive school curriculum should take. In addition to comprehensive reorganization, the regime of school examinations was fairly liberal at the time and a good...

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This contribution was supported by the research project IUT18-2 “Teachers' professionality and professionalism in changing context”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TallinnTallinnEstonia