Tanner, Daniel, "History of Curriculum Development in Schools." In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Online 27 October 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.1037


Daniel Tanner


Traces the detailed history of school curriculum and its development from Rousseau, Mann, Herbart, Spencer, Ward, Dewey, and Caswell, as it relates to democracy in education; points to three universal curricula (general, vocational, enrichment); traces the history of the comprehensive high school in the United States; cites highlights in the field of curriculum development (26th NSSE Yearbook, Eight Year Study, Core Problems of Democracy Course) and the rise of discipllnary curricula in the 1960s and the standards movement that followed.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Development, Organization, Design

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Hiistorical Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum History, Curriculum Development Strategies


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