Priestley, Mark, "Whatever Happened to Curriculum Theory? Critical Realism and Curriculum Change," Pedagogy, Culture, & Society, 19(No. 2, 2011), 221-237.


Mark Priestley


Trances the recent decline in use of curriculum theory in most English-speaking countries and urges countering the current instrumentalist model of curriculum with a critical realism model related to Margaret Archer's social theory; spells out the features of such a curriculum theory and draws implications for curriculum policy-making and change.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Conceptions and Theories

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Theory Creation and Uses, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum


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