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This paper explores how the conception and valuation of the knowledge within our educational practices determines the planning, writing, and implementation of the curriculum. There is a pressing need for educators to philosophically and systematically understand the relationship between the foundational epistemological beliefs that ground a curriculum and its relationship to forming the notions of competency, pedagogy, and the methods for evaluating and assessing student progress. These issues are not only relevant, but crucial when attempting to justify a particular conception of education, which relates directly to the student's potential for intellectual growth and social development. It may be argued that the comprehensive theory of curriculum planning manifests the intersection of philosophical critique, social inquiry, and psychological theory, and the author believes that bringing philosophy, and a formal methodology, to bear on the problems of education represents an instance where philosophy might contribute in a direct manner to the active and ongoing process of current educational reform.


Published in the 2010 (v. 6) issue of Curriculum Matters