Behavioral and humanistic curriculum models : a dilemma-reconciliation approach

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Patrick Lawson Rhodes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dwight F. Clark, Jr.

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to describe an emerging psychological synthesis and its relation to significant curricular dilemmas. It proposes that it is useful to treat curricular questions from a unified and broader perspective and to deal with the paradoxes that arise, rather than take a narrow and exclusive approach. It attempts to effect a tentative reconciliation between two apparently oppositional models of psychology and education, behaviorism and humanism. This dilemma can be summed up as the recognition that both behavioral and humanistic models are useful and productive in their application to curricular processes. However, these models are usually represented as mutually exclusive and oppositional in their philosophies and operational realities. Thus, the question of which, if either, is the better approach poses a dilemma for curriculum workers.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Education $x Curricula
Behaviorism (Psychology) $x Curricula
Humanism $x Curricula

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