Westbury, Ian, "The Curriculum: What Is It and How Should We Think About It?" pp. 129-158 in M. Bloomer and K. E. Shaw, eds., The Challenge of Educational Change: Limitations and Potentialities . Oxford: Pergamon, 1979.*


Ian Westbury


Challenges the means-end form of argument commonly used in curriculum policy rhetoric because it ignores ideological, historical, and institutional issues that require deliberate practical reasoning to resolve.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Change, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences, Curriculum Conceptions and Theories, Curriculum Research Domains and Structure

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, School Subjects, English


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