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The curriculum of the future. Ahead of its time?


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Penney, D 2007 , 'The curriculum of the future. Ahead of its time?' , Critical Studies in Education, vol. 48, no. 1 , pp. 149-155 , doi: 10.1080/17508480601121002.

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Inevitably, questions will be posed about the justification for reviewing a book that
was published in 1998. We might reflect that the contemporary relevance of a text is
arguably more important than recency of publication. More specifically, I suggest
that consideration should be given to the currency of the issues, concepts and the
educational, economic and political contexts being addressed in the text, as well as
those that have informed its development.
Taking the latter point first, The curriculum of the future. From the ‘new sociology of
education’ to a critical theory of learning necessarily takes us back to the 1970s, a time
when Michael Young was in the midst of growth in the field of sociology of
education. Those who have shared the challenges and rewards that come from
engagement with Basil Bernstein’s work and who also possess a passion for
curriculum, will reflect at how fortunate Young was to learn first hand from
Bernstein that ‘there could (and should) be a sociology of curriculum’ (p. vii). Some
30 years on, The curriculum of the future serves as a worthy reminder of that, and of the
extent to which since the 1970s, work emanating from the Institute of Education in
London has continued to set directions for development of the field.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Penney, D
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Studies in Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1750-8495
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/17508480601121002
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