Elements of Curricular Rationale
in Historical Curriculum Types
©1999 Edward G. Rozycki
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edited 3/29/12

In the upper half of the chart below you will find curricular types found in American colleges and university prior to the 1920's. They are charted against some common curricular rationale elements. The specifics of those elements are given in the corresponding blocks.

Using information from Grant and Riesman's The Perpetual Dream fill in the blocks for later 20th century curricular types
 

INPUT FOCUS                                                   OUTPUT FOCUS
 
Budget
Mission
Content
Dev Theory
Market
Status
Voctnl
Applictn
Social Control
indiv,
group
Discipline & Piety
tuition
donations
religious Greek, Latin, humanitiies Basic Depravity Open, low concern Elite Elite or Ministry high, high
Research
tuition
donations
EC
{applied}
scientific
Scientific Progress thru Research Industry Non-elite Industry low, high
Common Core
tuition
donations
(EC)
cultural Humanities Enlightenment thru knowledge Elite Elite Elite high, high
Professnl
tuition
donations
EC
practical applied scientificl Progress thru knowledge Aspirant, general Non-elite Professions low, high
Public Service
tuition
donations
EC
applied scientific, service applied scientific Progress thru knowledge Aspirant, general Non-elite Non-elite mod, mod
Neo-Classical
. . . . . . . .
Communitarian
. . . . . . . .
Fine Arts
. . . . . . . .
Social Reform
. . . . . . . .

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