The Evidence for the Core Curriculum--Past and Present

Caskey, Micki M.
January 2006
Middle School Journal;Jan2006, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p48
Academic Journal
The article presents research findings related to core curriculum in middle level education in the U.S. The term core curriculum is usually referred to curriculum that organized secondary students' educative experiences around social-personal issues and problems. The core curriculum emerged as one of the curricular arrangements in secondary schools in the 1930s. The basic design of core curriculum was developed in high schools participating in the Eight Year Study, which explored curricular approaches to improve secondary education. In the 1940s and 1950s, attention on the core curriculum continued as demonstrated by the proliferation of articles, reports, and books on the topic. During the past 15 years, researchers continued to examine the use and effects of curriculum integration. The terminology associated with curriculum integration is among the most difficult challenges facing researchers, educators, and policymakers. Common research dilemmas include measuring assorted student outcomes and issues related to the research design.


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