‘Brown Bag’ Seminar Teachers as Curricular-Instructional Gatekeepers in an Age of Standardization

‘Brown Bag’ Seminar Teachers as Curricular-Instructional Gatekeepers in an Age of Standardization

Date & Time

11 January 2013, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Conferences

Events Details

Abstract:

Since its founding as a school subject area in the early twentieth century, there has been a persistent gap between the instructional objectives announced for the social studies and what typically occurs behind the classroom door.   I will briefly review some significant attempts researchers have proposed to understand this gap with the hope of reducing it.  None of these attempts, however, has adequately taken into account teachers’ purposes.  I will be proposing in this talk to focus instead on teacher as curricular-instructional gatekeeper.  We can then explore the implications of teacher-as-gatekeeper for research and for teacher education.

The speaker:

Stephen J. Thornton is professor and chair of the Department of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida. His scholarly interests center on how teachers act as curricular-instructional gatekeepers translating the formal curriculum into instructional programs for their particular classrooms. Most of his scholarly writing concerns the ramifications of teachers tending the curricular-instructional gate for curriculum development, instructional methods and materials, and teacher education. His recent publications include Can History Stand Alone? Drawbacks and Blind Spots of a “Disciplinary” Curriculum, “Curriculum Design” in the Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies, and The Curriculum Studies Reader.