SKPA006 Curriculum Studies: Changing aims and content of education

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Karolína Dundálková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petr Knecht, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petr Knecht, Ph.D.
Institute for Research in School Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Veličková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Institute for Research in School Education – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course aims at broadening understanding of the curriculum. Students will pose questions, which could lead to intensive investigation and innovation of curriculum in wider educational settings.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course
- students will be able to undertake curriculum inquiry
- students will ask questions which could lead to other investigation and innovation of curriculum in wider connection on the curricular context of their own dissertation.
  • historical development of curriculum
  • theory of curriculum
  • curricular documents
  • forms of curriculum
  • determinants of curriculum
  • investigation of curriculum
  • innovation of curriculum
  • hidden curriculum.
    required literature
  • Schiro, M. S. Curriculum Theory: Conflicting Visions and Enduring Concerns. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2008.
  • YOUNG, Michael and Johan MULLER. Curriculum and the specialization of knowledge : studies in the sociology of education. First published. London: Routledge, 2016, viii, 240. ISBN 9781138814929. info
  • Knowledge and the future of the curriculum : international studies in social realism. Edited by Brian Barrett - Elizabeth Rata. First published. [United Kingdom]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, xxi, 238. ISBN 9781137429254. info
    recommended literature
  • Pinar, W. F., Reynolds, W. M. et al. Understanding Curriculum. New York: Peter Lang : 2006.
  • Pinar, W. F. International Handbook of Curriculum Research. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003.
  • Posner, G. Analyzing the Curriculum. New York: McGraw-Hill: 2003.
  • Connelly, F. M. The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2008.
Teaching methods
text analysis, reading, writing a research proposal, discussion
Assessment methods
Critically evaluating minimally two theoretical or empirical studies connected with the field of curricular studies with the connection to Ph.D. thesis (f.e. from the Journal of Curriculum Studies)
To defend partially realized project of curricular research (as the base of Ph.D. thesis).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Spring 2024, Spring 2025.
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