Reiss, Michael J., and John White, An Aims-based Curriculum: The Significance of Human Flourishing for Schools. London: The Institute of Education Press, University of London, 2013


Outlines a curriculum design based on the general aim of equipping every student to lead a personally flourishing life (and derivative sub-aims) rather than on knowledge-based (subject-centered) aims; spells out a rationale for this model of curriculum design and offers illustrative examples of both dispositions and understandings derived from such aims; describes processes for implementing this model thorough changes in policy and professional actions; written with specific reference to curriculum in England but applicable elsewhere.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Proposals in Coherent Form, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Aims and Objectives, Content Selection and Organization, Curriculum Development Strategies, Comparative Curriculum


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