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Editorial: Knowledge and the curriculum

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Carol Mutch

Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Michael F. D. Young, whose book Knowledge and Power (1971) was very influential on my early thinking about curriculum. Michael Young is an emeritus professor at the University of London and was in New Zealand to give the prestigious Hood lecture at The University of Auckland. He began his talk, titled “Curriculum for a knowledge society: Lessons from the sociology of knowledge”, with this challenge:

Much is written in current educational policies about preparing students for a knowledge society and the important role education has to play. However, these policies say very little about the question of knowledge itself. What is it we want young people to know? More worrying than this, many of these policies almost systematically neglect or marginalise the question of knowledge ...

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