Westbury, Ian, "Schooling as an Agency of Education: Some Implications for Curriculum Theory," pp. 88-114 in W. B. Dockrell and David Hamilton, eds., Rethinking Educational Research . London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1980.*


Ian Westbury


Criticizes schools and curricula as agencies designed to deliver a particular conception of what knowledge is worth knowing, thus limiting our options.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Enactment and Teaching, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Criticism of Schooling, Classroom Observation & Research, Curriculum Aims and Objectives, Curriculum History, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum


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