Towards a New ABC of Curriculum-making: a reply to John Hopkin (FORUM 2)

Author: JOHN WHITE

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Publication date: June 1, 2012

JOHN WHITE

This is a reply to John Hopkin’s article in this number of FORUM on ‘Re-energising subject knowledge’ (Volume 54, Number 2, 2012). It argues that Hopkin does not provide sufficiently cogent reasons for continuing the tradition of a subject-based curriculum. It favours starting from defensible general aims of school education and seeing what these require in the shape of more specific aims. How far the result coincides with or diverges from a subject-based curriculum cannot be prejudged. This article also questions Hopkin’s almost exclusive emphasis on knowledge aims and provides a historical perspective on this way of thinking about education and on its shortfalls.

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