ABSTRACT

The thirteen school subjects explored thus far represent some of the most significant, uplifting, transcendental and moving bodies of knowledge and culture that have been achieved by the people species in the people time on this Earth, and if time and space were no object there are probably thirteen more worthy of the same exploration. The power of knowledge – to lift the reader beyond the everyday, to make meaning from the world, and to feed healthy democracy – is plain to see. The relations of curriculum to mind and memory are complicated, but models from cognitive science can not only show the reader that ambitious curriculum can be accessed by all, but that also begin to provide cognitive foundations for elements of curriculum thinking, such as types of knowledge, sequencing, interweaving, and retrieval. The codification of curriculum is a powerful tool for giving shape to thinking and shared meaning for staff development.