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Upgraded curriculum?: An analysis of knowledge boundaries in teaching under the Swedish subject-based curriculum
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (SITE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1911-6615
2018 (English)In: Curriculum Journal, ISSN 0958-5176, E-ISSN 1469-3704, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article offers a contribution to the current debate about knowledge and the curriculum, especially initiated by social realist writers. The enacted Swedish subjects-based curriculum for compulsory schooling is examined and is also used as a significant case with the aim of discussing practical implications of social realist claims regarding knowledge and the curriculum. Video-recorded lessons from grade six in six different Swedish schools, in combination with teacher interviews, are explored within the scope of a curriculum theory framework with the purpose of illuminating dominant patterns of knowledge boundaries and knowledge conceptions. The study shows how the Swedish subject-based curriculum frames teaching in a direction where a disciplinary knowledge conception with fixed knowledge boundaries predominates over other knowledge forms. The subject-based curriculum also appears to produce an ‘overloading’ of content, which implies that pupils’ questions and experiences are avoided and dismissed in the teaching practice.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 1-17
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Curriculum, Social realism, Subject-based curriculum, Knowledge boundaries, Classrooms observations
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70774DOI: 10.1080/09585176.2018.1442231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70774DiVA, id: diva2:1182158
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Understanding Curriculum Reforms - A Theory-Oriented Evaluation of the Swedish Curriculum Reform LGR 11
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-03-02

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