Key Concepts for Understanding Curriculum is an invaluable guide for all involved in curriculum matters. Now fully updated, this revised and enlarged fourth edition provides not only a solid grounding in the subject but also covers the latest trends and issues affecting the field. Written in Marsh's clear and accessible style, the book details the strengths, weaknesses and controversies around major concepts in curriculum, including

  • curriculum planning and development
  • curriculum management
  • teaching perspectives
  • collaborative involvement in curriculum
  • curriculum ideology.

Now updated with new chapters on curriculum models, school-based curriculum development, learning studies, ICT developments in assessment, the new edition includes extra detail on standards and essential learning factors that have recently been introduced in a number of countries, including the UK, USA and Australia.

This up-to-date edition of a definitive text will be essential reading for anyone involved in curriculum planning or development.  It will be especially useful to students training to be teachers, and practising teachers following professional development programmes.

part |2 pages

Part I Introduction

chapter 1|9 pages

What is curriculum?

chapter 2|9 pages

Introducing key concepts

part |2 pages

Part II Curriculum planning and development

chapter 3|13 pages

Using curriculum models as a planning tool

chapter 4|10 pages

Curriculum frameworks

chapter 7|22 pages

Assessment, grading and reporting

chapter 8|19 pages

Curriculum implementation

part |2 pages

Part III Curriculum management

chapter 9|15 pages

Innovation and planned change

chapter 10|9 pages

Leadership and the school principal

chapter 12|11 pages

School evaluations/reviews

chapter 13|11 pages

Curriculum reform

part |2 pages

Part IV Teaching perspectives

chapter 14|15 pages

Learning environments

chapter 15|13 pages

Teacher appraisal

part |2 pages

Part V Collaborative involvement in curriculum

part |2 pages

Part VI Curriculum ideology

chapter 19|11 pages

Curriculum theorizing

chapter 20|12 pages

Gender, sexuality and the curriculum

chapter 21|12 pages

Postmodernism and the curriculum