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Science, Curriculum, and Liberal Education

Selected Essays

What is a liberal education and what part can science play in it? How should we think about the task of developing a curriculum? How should educational research conceive of its goals? Joseph Schwab’s essays on these questions have influenced education internationally for more than twenty-five years.

Schwab participated in what Daniel Bell has described as the "most thoroughgoing experiment in general education in any college in the United States," the College of the University of Chicago during the thirties, forties, and fifties. He played a central role in the curriculum reform movement of the sixties, and his extraordinary command of science, the philosophy of science, and traditional and modern views of liberal education found expression in these exceptionally thoughtful essays.

400 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1978

Education: Curriculum and Methodology, Higher Education

Table of Contents

Introduction by Ian Westbury and Neil J. Wilkof
The Three-Year Program in the Natural Sciences
The Nature of Scientific Knowledge as Related to Liberal Education
Eros and Education
Science and Civil Discourse
Enquiry and the Reading Process
The "Impossible" Role of the Teacher in Progressive Education
What Do Scientists Do?
Education and the Structure of the Disciplines
Testing and the Curriculum
The Practical: A Language for Curriculum
The Practical: Arts of Eclectic
The Practical: Translation into Curriculum
Publications by Joseph J. Schwab

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