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Publication Detail
Constructing ‘powerful’ curriculum theory
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Deng Z
  • Publication date:
    24/02/2021
  • Journal:
    Journal of Curriculum Studies
  • Keywords:
    Powerful educational knowledge, curriculum theory, Bildung-centred Didaktik, Pädagogik, the Practical, Schwab
Abstract
This article addresses how ‘powerful’ curriculum theory might be constructed from the perspective of the German Didaktik tradition – highly compatible with Schwab’s the Practical. To start with, I scrutinise Joseph Schwab’s model of curriculum planning and Wolfgang Klafki’s model of lesson preparation and examine two theories of content that underpin the two models. Invoking the German Didaktik tradition, I next explicate a distinctive form of theorising that yields powerful curriculum/Didaktik theory. I argue that Didaktik, together with the Practical, provides a viable way of constructing powerful curriculum theory – exemplified by a theory of knowledge and a theory of content – in the current context. I conclude by drawing implications for our understanding of the powers of professional educational knowledge and for tackling the current crisis in educational theory.
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