Popkewitz, Thomas S., "Educational Reform: Rhetoric, Ritual, and Social Interest," Educational Theory, 38 (Winter, 1988), 77-93.


Discusses the social construction of schooling as evidenced by changes in curriculum and teaching; discusses the social distribution of knowledge and the discourses of school reform as evidence of social and political relations and interests.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making,Curriculum Change,Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Conceptual Analysis,Critical Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Content Selection and Organization, Ideology and School Knowledge


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