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The Invention of the Secondary Curriculum

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Part of the Secondary Education in a Changing World book series (SECW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. John White
    Pages 1-20
  3. John White
    Pages 21-34
  4. John White
    Pages 35-50
  5. John White
    Pages 51-63
  6. John White
    Pages 65-96
  7. John White
    Pages 97-122
  8. John White
    Pages 123-139
  9. John White
    Pages 141-160
  10. John White
    Pages 161-162
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 163-196

About this book


Across much of the world there is now a standard secondary school curriculum based on a traditional array of subjects. This is the first work to tell the story of its invention, from the sixteenth century until the present day. The book concludes with a sketch of an alternative: a curriculum based on a well-argued set of fundamental aims.


curriculum school sixteenth century

About the authors

JOHN WHITE Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Bibliographic information


Society for Educational Studies Book Prize 2012 Winner - 2nd Prize