Changing School Subjects : Power, Gender and Curriculum

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-11-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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/pas0/What happens in the school curriculum is fundamental to people's lives. Schools are meant to educate the next generation and to do so through school subjects. But subjects and the teachers who teach them are not equal: some are given more importance both inside and outside schools. Curriculum change (such as the introduction of a national curriculum) highlights which subjects are regarded as central and which are perceived as marginal./par0/par0/Changing School Subjects examines the effects of curriculum change on teachers and students. It focuses upon the gendered nature of the curriculum, and how curricular forms include or exclude certain subjects and certain groups. It analyses how power, gender and knowledge intersect to determine how school knowledge is constructed, what knowledge is made available to which students, who supplies the knowledge, and how./par0/par0/Carrie Paechter provides a much-needed reconceptualization of the field of curriculum that will be of practical and theoretical relevance to teachers, students and academics reflecting upon curriculum processes in schools.

Author Biography

Carrie Paechter is a Lecturer in Education at the Open University. Her research interests, which developed from her experience as a mathematics teacher in London secondary schools, include the intersection of gender, power and knowledge, and the processes of curriculum negotiation in schools and higher education institutions.

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface ix
Abbreviations xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Part 1 Gender, power/knowledge and curriculum change
Introduction: studying curriculum change
Power, gender and curriculum
Gender, power and school subjects
Part 2 Gendered marginality
Life in a marginal subject
Negotiating a new school subject: the case of design and technology
Physical education, sport and the body
Part 3 Students, subjects and examinations
Students and subjects: power/knowledge and integrated curricula
Discipline as examination/examination as discipline: the effects of curriculum codification on teachers, students and subjects
Appendix: Empirical sources 158(5)
References 163(16)
Index 179

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