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- DescriptionWilliam G. Tierney offers a different way of thinking about the curriculum in post-secondary curriculum than is customary. Through an in-depth analysis of seven ethgraphic case studies, the author demonstrates how the curriculum itself is a cultural product which institutions of higher education construct socially. The manner in which the individual institution defines its curriculum, Tierney argues, commits it to certain philosophical and ideological choices, whether these are overtly recognized or t. It is the result of a year's research that included over 250 interviews at seven colleges in universities throughout the U.S. The volume concludes with recommendations administrators and faculty may employ in the effort to advance democracy in their colleges and universities. Organized around the theme of institutional curricula acting as a critical agent for preparing students to participate in the democratic sphere, the book begins by providing a conceptual map for the chapters which follow. Both curricular and cultural theories are reviewed and discussed. The next two sections explore the archaeology of the curriculum at the seven institutions under study. After examining the ways in which participants at the seven colleges and universities view different curricular concepts, the author illustrates how the individuals view one ather's actions about the curriculum. As he demonstrates, the curriculum often becomes contested terrain because of the cultural constructions different groups develop about one ather and toward the curriculum. Finally, the author offers an interpretation and analysis of the different curricula of the seven institutions, concluding with a discussion of how organizational participants might assume the roles of transformative leaders who create new curricular paths and directions for their organizations.
- Author BiographyWILLIAM G. TIERNEY is Senior Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Web of Leadership and Collegiate Culture and Leadership Strategies (with Ellen Chaffee).
- Author(s)William G. Tierney
- Date of Publication26/09/1989
- SubjectAdult & Further Education
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight374 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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