Curriculum construction: reflections on a workshop

  • J. Vansteenkiste


The workshop on medical sociology curriculum construction, both for the training of sociologists and physicians, was organized as an experimental counterpart to the theoretical foundation of the seminar.


Medical Training Teaching Unit Medical Trainer Organizational Socialization Training Situation 
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    S. Maes, M. Goyvaerts-Boekaerts, Department of Education, Univ. of Antwerp (U.I.A.), Belgium, ’Indications for Curriculum Construction featuring the formulation of objectives and the selection of content, First Draft Copy, 1976.Google Scholar
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    The following review has been taken from R. C. Fox, The Process of Professional Socialization, Is there A `New’ Medical Student? A Comparative View of Medical Socialization in the 1950’s and the 1970’s. Paper, published in Laurence R. Tancredi, ed. Ethics of Health Care. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, 1974, pp. 197–227.Google Scholar
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    Major publications based on these studies include: Howard S. Becker, Blanche Geer, Evertt C. Hughes and Anselm L. Strauss Boys in White: Student Culture in Medical SchoolChicago (the University of Chicago Press 1961); Kenneth R. Hammond and Fred Kern, Jr. Teaching Comprehensive Medical CareCambridge, Mass (Harvard University Press, for the Commonweatlh Fund, 1956); Milton J. Horowitz Educating Tomorrow’s DoctorsNew York (Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1964); Robert K. Merton, George Reader and Patricia L. Kendall, eds. The Student-Physician: Introductory Studies in the Sociology of Medical EducationCambridge, Mass. (Harvard University Press, for the Commonwealth Fund, 1957); George E. Miller Teaching and Learning in Medical SchoolCambridge, Mass. (Harvard University Press, for the Commonweatlh Fund, 1961). In addition, at least two major books on the house officership phase of medical training came out of that period: Stephen J. Miller Prescription for Leadership: Training for the Medical EliteChicago (Aldine Publishing Co., 1970) and Emily Mumford Interns: From Students to PhysiciansCambridge, Mass. (Harvard University Press, for the Commonwealth Fund, 1970). For a state of the field review of these and other sociology of medical education studies, see Samuel W. Bloom, `The Sociology of Medical Education: Some Comments on the State of the Field’ Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, Vol. XLIII, n° 2, April 1965, pp. 143–184. Google Scholar
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    E. Freidson, Professional Dominance: The Social Structure of Medical Care, N.Y., Atherton Press, 1970, p. 133.Google Scholar
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    See R.K. Merton, The Student Physician,p. 62. In this paragraph the author discusses the possibilities and limitations of psychological and sociological research on selected problems in medical education. He points out that in these research projects, the theoretical problems are still larger than the technical ones: `…theoretical problems which have to do with the conceptual framework adopted in these inquiries.’Google Scholar
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    R.K. Merton, The Student Physician,p. 40.Google Scholar
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    T. Parsons, G. M. Platt, Age, `Social structure and socialization in higher education’, in Sociology of Education, 43 (1970) 1, p. 7Google Scholar
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    The conceptualization of diffuse socialization versus specific and technical learning is taken from: J.W. Meyer, `The Charter: Conditions of diffuse socialization in schools’, in W.R. Scott, Social Process and Social Structures, an Introduction to Sociology, N.Y., Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970, pp. 564–578.Google Scholar
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    J. W. Meyer, a bove, p. 566.Google Scholar
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    D. H. Kamens, Legitimating Myths and Educational Organization: The Relationship between Organizational Ideology and Formal Structure, in: American Sociological Review,42 (1977) April, p. 209.Google Scholar
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    J.W. Meyer, p. 567.Google Scholar
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    J.W. Meyer, p. 567.Google Scholar
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    E. Freidson, Professional Dominance: The Social Structure of Medical Care, N.Y., Atherton Press, 1970, p. 134.Google Scholar
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    See, for example, the instructions for the reform of medical training, published by the W.H.O., Educational Handbook (Guide Pédagogique), 1976.Google Scholar

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