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It's Not a Proper Subject: It's Just Newsom'

In some respects, this neglect is not unusual. Indeed, a brief glance at many secondary school timetables would indicate that subjects lie at the heart of the secondary school curriculum; they are the basic building blocks out of which the formal curriculum is constructed. In this respect, sociologists have posed questions about those aspects of the curriculum that are highly visible in schools: subject disciplines. Even in cases where some innovation is taking place, the teaching of 'humanities' is often based on history, geography and religious education, while 'life sciences' will be constructed out of chemistry and biology. In itself this is not surprising as teachers in secondary schools are predominantly recruited as subject specialists. In their initial training in universities and colleges they will have focussed on subject specialisms (cf.