State-based curriculum-making, Part I

Kirsten Sivesind, Ian Westbury

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This paper frames the problem underlying the cross-cultural Organizing Curriculum Change (OCC) study of state-based curriculum-making. The paper discusses the increased use by states over the past two decades of the century-old instrument of the state-based curriculum and the tool of the curriculum commission. The paper contrasts the slender English-language writing on these institutions with the extensive German literature, with particular emphasis on the post-1970s German analysis and the revisionist analysis of the 1980s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-756
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Curriculum Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Curriculum-making
  • Germany
  • legitimation
  • national curricula
  • organizational theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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