Curriculum and students: a historical investigation of this dynamic interactive relationship

Vassilis Tsafos


In this article, we try to present the scientific tendencies on the students’ role in designing and developing the curriculum in order to highlight the contribution of this process in the improvement of the educational practice. The article is divided into three parts. At the first part, the introduction, we give the student picture according to the interdisciplinary field of sciences of education and the subsequent role of the student in the educational process. The second part presents the alternatives perspectives and trends that emerged (students as researchers, critical pedagogy), that is the gradual path to the stage where the students realise their voice and demand their presence. The article concludes with a quote of the criticism that is mainly based in the postmodern approach and focuses on the ways student voice is created, displayed and legitimised.

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Euro-JCS is indexed in CAPES/QUALIS (Category: Education |  Classification: B3)

ISSN: 2182-7168



Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Curriculares (NIPC: 506240061)

Instituto de Educação da Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal

The journal is associated with the European Association of Curriculum Studies.