Young, Michael, "An Approach to the Study of Curricula as Socially Organized Knowledge," pp. 19-46 in his Knowledge and Control: New Directions for the Sociology of Education. London: Collier-Macmillan, 1971. Reprinted pp. 254-285 in Arno A. Bellack and Herbert M. Kliebard, eds., Curriculum and Evaluation. Berkeley, CA: Mc Cutcheon, 1977.*


Michael Young


Describes the sociological approach to the organization of knowledge in curricula and explains what is meant by socially organized knowledge.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Critical Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Content Selection and Organization, Ideology and School Knowledge, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum


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