The Role of the Humanities in Curricula Research Paper by Nicky

An analysis of the importance of humanities subjects, such as art and philosophy, in an educational curriculum.
# 145581 | 2,732 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2010 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Higher)

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This paper examines the significance of including humanities subjects, such as art and philosophy, in an educational curriculum. The paper explains that, while there has been a move towards more pragmatic and market-oriented curricula in modern education in the past few decades, there is a growing awareness that the humanities offer educational advantages that cannot easily be ignored. The paper notes that the issue of curriculum is also linked to and influenced by external factors and variables, including trends within culture and society, social demands for increased skills and job related objectives, and social views and opinions about the meaning and necessity of certain types of education. The paper asserts that there is an increasing emphasis on aspects such as the promotion of crucial thinking that subjects such as philosophy can provide; therefore, the developers of modern educational curricula are faced with a complex balancing act between outcome-based and market-based objectives, along with the inclusion of a wider and more critical educational approach.

Why Should Subjects Like Art and Philosophy Be Taught?

From the Paper:

"This can also be related to aspects such as the debate about what should or should not be included in the science curriculum at schools, including the debate between evolutionists and creationists. It is, however, in the humanities that we have seen the greatest debates and shifts in curriculum content in recent years, both in America and in other developed countries. For instance, the issue of the social sciences and humanities and the need to teach subjects such as art in school has raised problematic areas of debate and discourse at school and at undergraduate level. There is also therefore an increasing need to explain and justify why certain courses and subjects should be included in the contemporary curriculum at various levels. This paper will therefore discuss and explore the arguments that surround this debate about various curriculum choices in the humanities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A Bigger Role for Philosophy in the Curriculum (2007) Retrieved January 17, 2009, from
  • Conklin, H. G. (2004). Review of Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools. Journal of Teacher Education, 55(3), 284+. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Cruey G. ( 2006) A Philosophy of Curriculum. What should we teach? Retrieved January 17, 2009, from
  • James A. Battle of the Books: The Curriculum Debate in America. Abstract retrieved January 17, 2009, from
  • Link, Michael A.( 1976) Should Philosophy Be Taught to High School Students? Social Studies, 67 (4) pp. 164-7.

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