Apple, Michael W., "Commonsense Categories and Curriculum Thought," pp. 116-148 in James B. Macdonald and Esther Zaret, eds., Schools in Search of Meaning . Washington, DC: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1975. Reprinted in Roger Dale, et al., eds., Schooling and Capitalism: A Sociological Reader. London: Routledge & Kagan Paul, 1976.


Examines the history of reforms in education and asks "Are things as they seem?" ; exposes "labeling" for its hidden ideology.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Critical Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Ideology and School Knowledge, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Criticism of Schooling


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