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Title: How to Create the Ideal Son: The unhidden curriculum in pseudo-Plutarch 'On the Training of Children'
Contributor(s): Bourke, Graeme F  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2013.817943
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15731
Abstract: This article enquires into the curriculum advocated in the only ancient Greek treatise concerning education that has survived in its entirety, entitled 'On the Training of Children'. The treatise was highly influential in Europe from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, and thus exhibits certain assumptions concerning the purpose of curriculum that lie behind the development of western education and may still be influential today. The inquiry is conducted in three stages: the intended recipients of the curriculum are identified; its elements are enumerated and evaluated; and its aims are inferred from the text. I conclude that the curriculum was intended for wealthy, privileged boys, that philosophy (though not independent theorising) was the most valued subject of study and that the aim of the curriculum was to instil in the recipients aristocratic values and modes of behaviour. Finally, some topics are suggested for reflection, in response to these conclusions, upon existing curricula.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(10), p. 1174-1186
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0013-1857
1469-5812
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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