Review by Choice Review
More than 200 distinguished researchers and general editor Kridel (Univ. of South Carolina) contribute to the 500 alphabetically arranged, signed articles in this original and up-to-date encyclopedia that explores the core terms, concepts, and people that comprise the field of curriculum studies. Other titles cover this field, including P. W. Jackson's Handbook of Research on Curriculum (CH, Jun'92, 29-5811) and The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction, edited by F. M. Connelly (2008), but this encyclopedia differs from those reference works in several important ways. First, the intent of the Encyclopedia is to introduce the field, so it is especially suited to undergraduates. Each article has its own distinctive writing style, and each provides succinct statements that allow readers to learn unfamiliar terms, concepts, and ideas that contribute to understanding a very specialized field. Second, this title offers distinctive biographical essays that focus on the intellectual contributions of individuals rather than their life histories. Third, this title is unique in the inclusion of group biographies that portray universities whose faculties have influenced the development of the field. Focused more on contemporary than on historical issues and based in North America with only brief overviews of international issues, this title offers a scope and form perfectly suited to its target audience. Universities with large undergraduate populations looking for a basic treatment of curriculum studies will find this a quality resource for their collections. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. R. L. Wadham Brigham Young University
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Review by Library Journal Review
Addressing curriculum development as a fundamental part of pedagogy, this set collects materials from across a variety of disciplines relevant to the support of educational programs. Editor Kridel (E.S. Gambrell Professor of Educational Studies & curator, Museum of Education, Univ. of South Carolina), a frequent writer on education topics, compiles 50 long essays (about 5000 words each), 250 entries (about 1500 words each), and 250 short entries (about 500 words each) from over 200 contributors. The entries are arranged alphabetically across the two volumes. Each volume contains in the front a list of entries and a "Reader's Guide" to assist readers in locating articles on related topics by classifying entries into ten topical areas, such as "Content Descriptions," "Inquiry and Research," and "Theoretical Perspectives." Entries are cross-referenced and offer a list of further readings. The set concludes with an appendix addressing fundamental curriculum questions by Timothy Leonard (education, emeritus, Saint Xavier Univ.) and Peter M. Hilton (education, Saint Xavier Univ.), as well as an index. BOTTOM LINE The entries cover common topics, written works, theories, events, and persons in curriculum studies in a concise, readable manner. This work provides a good encyclopedic approach to a newer discipline and will be useful for institutions offering programs in education.-Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.