Eisner Essay

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Some thoughts on Eisner & Vallance, Conflicting Conceptions of Curriculum 1. Conflicting Conceptions of Curriculum. Note the five conceptions of curriculum and begin to get a feel for these. What are the three curriculum fallacies? Are these indeed fallacies? What might be consequences to the curriculum of committing each fallacy? 2. Consider the notion that the function of education is to prepare youth for an occupation. Occupations are varied. But, more than this, it appears that factors other than schooling might well influence occupational success. What might these factors be? To what extent can schooling prepare for occupations, and to what extent should it? Should the school system attempt to deal with occupational disparities other than those related to training and achievement: How might this be done? (Melting pot or vertical mosaic) 3. Chapter 8— “Relevance and the Curriculum” by Metcalf and Hunt in Conflicting Conceptions of Curriculum. “Relevance” is often appealed to as a criterion for educational aims, but its meaning is somewhat ambiguous, perhaps. What do Metcalf and Hunt propose? To what group is their proposal said to be relevant? To youth now? To youth in adult life? Or is the alleged relevance merely another way of saying that this is what we think they ought to learn? Perhaps, then, the authors’ proposal serves society’s interests more than it is relevant to “rebellious youth.” What do you think, and what parts of the chapter lead you to your conclusions? 4. There are two papers in Conflicting Conceptions of Curriculum which fairly represent what Eisner and Vallance have termed “academic rationalism.” First, be sure than you have a firm grasp on this curriculum conception, and what it implies. Then read through the papers by Schwab, and by Hirst and Peters. (The latter will probably seem a bit out of
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