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Publication Detail
What Should Schools Teach? Disciplines, subjects and the pursuit of truth
  • Publication Type:
    Book
  • Publisher:
    UCL Press
  • Publication date:
    07/01/2021
  • Place of publication:
    London, UK
  • Pagination:
    1, 262
  • Series:
    Knowledge and the Curriculum
  • Editors:
    Standish A,Cuthbert
  • ISBN-13:
    9781787358744
  • Keywords:
    education, knowledge, powerful knowledge
Abstract
The design of school curriculums involves deep thought about the nature of knowledge and its value to learners and society. It is a serious responsibility that raises a number of questions. What is knowledge for? What knowledge is important for children to learn? How do we decide what knowledge matters in each school subject? And how far should the knowledge we teach in school be related to academic disciplinary knowledge? These and many other questions are taken up in What Should Schools Teach? The blurring of distinctions between pedagogy and curriculum, and between experience and knowledge, has served up a confusing message for teachers about the part that each plays in the education of children. Schools teach through subjects, but there is little consensus about what constitutes a subject and what they are for. This book aims to dispel confusion through a robust rationale for what schools should teach that offers key understanding to teachers of the relationship between knowledge (what to teach) and their own pedagogy (how to teach), and how both need to be informed by values of intellectual freedom and autonomy. This second edition includes new chapters on Chemistry, Drama, Music and Religious Education, and an updated chapter on Biology. A revised introduction reflects on emerging discourse around decolonizing the curriculum, and on the relationship between the knowledge that children encounter at school and in their homes.
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