State-based curriculum-making: the Illinois Learning Standards

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This case study of the development of the Illinois Learning Standards of 1997 parallels a study of the development of the Norwegian compulsory school curriculum of 1997, Læreplanverket 1997. The pair of case studies is designed to explore the administration of state-based curriculum-making and, in particular, the use of the administrative tools of compartmentalization, segmentation and licencing. Often the use of these tools serves to make the curriculum as a guiding instrument largely symbolic and/or ideological.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-802
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Curriculum Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Curriculum
  • Illinois
  • national curriculum
  • state-based curriculum-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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