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Comparing Curriculum-Making Processes

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Moritz Rosenmund, Anna-Verena Fries and Werner Heller

This book collects most of the papers presented in a symposium on curriculum research held in Zurich in December 1999. The contributions focus on curriculum-making between national and global codes, between politics and educational practice, between top-down control and bottom-up agreement. They look at curriculum-making as an enterprise of educational practitioners and they try to link the political and technical aspects of curriculum-making. While curriculum-making traditionally tends to stress a specific, national selection of educational goals and contents, it cannot neglect the existence of a global educational code as well as the pressures exerted on the selection of school knowledge and forms of school organisation by the global market. Do the global (cultural) code and the need for adaptation to globalisation reinforce a trend towards the convergence of different national educational systems in general and their curriculum-making processes in particular?
Contents: Moritz Rosenmund/Anna-Verena Fries/Werner Heller: Introduction – Ernst Buschor: Opening Address – Jan van den Akker: The Potential of Development Research for Improving the Relation between Curriculum Research and Curriculum Development – Bettina Backström-Widjeskog/Sven-Erik Hansén: Problems Concerning Comparative Research of Curriculum Development – Cecilia Braslavsky: The Contemporary Process of Curricular Transformation in Argentina – Catherine Cornbleth: Curriculum Politics, Policy, Practice. Comparative Questions, Contextualized Cases – Anca Dumitrescu: Intercultural Values in the New Foreign Language Curricula in Today's Romania – Anna-Verena Fries: Effects of the Curriculum Discourse – Gianni Ghisla: Curriculum as a Framework: An Educational Plan to Face the Complexity of Pedagogical Innovation and its Strategic Requirements – Urs Grob/Katharina Maag Merki: Guiding Principals in Cantonal and Intercantonal Compulsory School Curricula in the Context of Evaluation Research – Renate von Heydebrand: Evaluation and Curriculum-Planning - an Analysis of Literary Evaluation and Canon-Formation as a Contribution to Comparative Curriculum Research – Kin-yuen Ip: The Making of the New Curriculum of Politics in Secondary Schools of China: Depoliticization of a Political Curriculum under Central Control – Ramsey D. Koo: Curriculum Reform in Macao: Issues and Challenges in Socio-Political Transition – Rudolf Künzli: Curriculum Policy in Switzerland – Slavica Maksic: The Relevance of Curriculum Research: The Evaluation of Curriculum-Making Processes – Elizabeth McEneaney: Participation and Expertise in Primary School Science Textbooks: A Comparative-Historical Analysis – Joanna Le Métais: The Democratic Curriculum – Birgit Pepin: Methodological Issues of Cross-National Comparisons: Efforts to Establish Equivalence in a Cross-National Study of Mathematics Teacher's Work in England, France and Germany – Aleksandra Petrovic: Coordinating Curriculum Objectives and Contents for the Purpose of Developing Mutual Understanding between Ethnic Groups – Moritz Rosenmund: Approaches to International Comparative Research on Curricula and Curriculum-Making Processes – Bruno Santini-Amgarten: The Use of the Curriculum in Private Schools: A Comparative Study of Catholic Schools – Kirsten Sivesind: Task and Themes in Communication about the Curriculum: The Norwegian Compulsory School Reform in Perspective – Walo Hutmacher: Some Concluding Remarks: Changing Perspective.