Bobbitt vs. Pinar

Bobbitt vs. Pinar
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  • Franklin Bobbitt Philosophy...
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  • Bobbitt believed that the classical subjects should be replaced with subjects that focused on teaching students to respond to the needs of society.  He also did not believe in co-education. He believed that girls had a different future than boys so therefore should not have the same education.
  • William Pinar Philosophy...
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  • He believed that education was strictly to prepare students for adulthood and teach them to adapt to individual and industrial society.  Education was to prepare them specifically for the workforce and not just to develop intellectually.
  • Bobbitt saw the need for education as a means for students to contribute to a developing society.  They should be educated in a way that will directly impact their community and its' improvement.  Students should learn the skills necessary for employment in the workforce.
  • Pinar was the first theorist to highlight the idea of reconceptualism.  He believed that curriculum should no longer follow the traditional approach, but instead, should focus on an understanding of the context.  While the students develop intellectually by learning the subject content, they also grow psychologically and socially through relationships and exploration.
  • Pinar believed that with a deeper understanding of the curriculum, teachers and students could implement strategies that benefit their relationship and learning experience.  This, in turn, would lead students to pursue any career that they are interested in, not necessary a career that would immediately contribute to society.  Higher learning is even an option.
  • Overall, the idea of reconceptualism would bring the education system closer to democratization because it develops all students intellectually, psychologically, and socially.  Students would be encouraged to further their learning and plan for a future of success in whatever field they choose.
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