Curriculum Wisdom: Educational Decisions in Democratic Societies

Written by two of the most-recognized names in the field, the heart of this book revolves around the seven “modes of inquiry” that serve as guiding principles for designing curriculum that meets the needs of students, educators, parents, and the community at large. Coverage carefully balances theory and practicality, draws inspiration from a wide range of disciplines and contexts, and incorporates the wisdom of practicing curriculum designers from this country and others. Chapter titles include Curriculum Wisdom in Democratic Societies, Pragmatism: A Philosophy for Democratic Educators, The Arts of Inquiry: Toward Holographic Thinking, Personal and Structural Challenges, and Implications for Educational Practice. For teachers and administrators responsible for designing and implementing curriculum.


Understanding Democratic Curriculum Leadership

This volume integrates critical curriculum theory with best practice — extending John Dewey’s and Maxine Greene’s progressive educational philosophy into the domain of curriculum theory and practice. The authors select four significant theoretical topics, and then apply this knowledge to the work of practitioners. The practice of these educators is examined closely to determine how they engage in reflective practice, collaborative decision-making, and curriculum construction informed by diverse curriculum studies.


Defending Public Schools: Teaching for a Democratic Society

Teachers today are faced with critical challenges: Standards and testing that limit the exercise of professional judgment; increasingly intrusive management and surveillance of teachers’ work; underfunded mandates; scripted curricula that discounts teacher creativity and ingenuity; and critical social factors, such as the resegregation of schools. A system of strong, well-funded public schools is the core of a true democracy, and well-trained, empowered teachers are key.

Centering on the theme of teaching for participation in a democracy at a time when the foundations of democracy are being shaken by global and domestic factors, Teaching for a Democratic Society focuses on issues of power, decision-making, representation, and control of the profession from a multiplicity of viewpoints.