The Received Curriculum: Nature as Understood by Students

  • Ajay Sharma
  • Cory Buxton


In this chapter, we explore the received curriculum as reflected in students’ understanding of the natural world and its relationship with the human world. We braid existing research findings on students’ understanding of the major ecological topics covered in science curricula with patterns that emerged from our conversations with seventh-grade students in the classroom of the teacher covered in the previous chapter to present a comprehensive and detailed view of the received curriculum as regards nature in school science in the United States. On the whole, we see a huge transmission loss between the intended, enacted, and the received curricula. This transmission loss is largely limited to the understanding of science concepts. The overall perspectives on the world as embedded in the scientific and environmental discourses of the science standards, on the other hand, manage to seep into the received curriculum with remarkable fidelity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ajay Sharma
    • 1
  • Cory Buxton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational Theory and PracticeUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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