Originally published in 1971. All education systems tend to be traditional and conservative. In times of rapid social change, the work of the schools becomes increasingly outdated by events. Continuous adaptation of the curriculum (which includes content, method and organization) can no longer be left to haphazard, piecemeal innovations-it must be managed.
In a comparative study of the strategies adopted to date in the U.S.A., England, Scotland and France, this book points out that-although considerable reforms have been effected in these countries during the past ten to fifteen years-no adequate curriculum theory has yet been developed. The author also turns his attention to the phenomenon which he considered symptomatic of inherent failures in the education system: the drop-outs and hippies He concludes that notions about 'learning' must be revised and rather than a place in which formal instruction is given, the school of the future should be conceived as a resources-for-learning centre.
Introduction 1. New Trends in Curriculum Planning Part 1: The Management of Innovation: Practice 2. American Education Makes Up for Lost Time 3. Response to Change: The English Experience 4. New Directions for a New Society: The French Transformation 5. Authors, Authorities and Authoritarianism Part 2: The Management of Innovation: Theory 6. Learning Situations into Life Situations 7. Aims and/or Objectives? Death is the Only Terminal Behaviour 8. What Knowledge is of Any Worth? 9. 'Christ, What a Way to Grow Up!’: The Drop-Out Generation 10. Stuff and Nonsense in the Curriculum