William Arbuckle Reid, theorist, died at 82

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William A. Reid, known as Bill Reid, born in Gloucestershire in 1933 and died on September 2, 2015, he was a well-known British curriculum theorist.

After obtaining his B.A. degree in languages from Cambridge University, he first taught in English high schools.

William went on to conduct curriculum research at the University of Birmingham, where he obtained his Ph.D and subsequently taught M.Ed. students.

He took early retirement from the University of Birmingham in 1988 and was appointed as a visiting professor at the London Institute of Education, and subsequently the University of Texas, Austin.

William also undertook collaborative projects with colleagues at the University of Oslo and taught summer schools at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Some of his reminiscences were published in 2009 in “Leaders in Curriculum Studies”, edited by E.C. Short and L.J. Waks (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2009).

In retirement he self-published pamphlets and books concerning archaeology and other local history in his native Cotswold landscape, as well as memoirs, articles on chess, books of poems and a novel.

A series of articles published in “Glevensis”, a journal of the Gloucestershire Archaeological Society were formed into a self-published book (Chantry Press; Windmill Print and Graphics) entitled “From Roman to Saxon in a Cotswold Landscape” (2006).

William’s major academic works elaborated on curriculum theorist Joseph Schwab’s notion of “curriculum deliberation”.

He was the author of numerous scholarly articles and several books, and was a regular contributor to the Journal of Curriculum Studies of which he was European Editor from 1975-1983 and General Editor from 1986 until the mid-1990s.

He regularly presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Education Research Association.

William had a penetrating grasp of the nature of learning and a deep understanding of the link between theory and classroom realities – an approach both philosophical and practical.

Few writers in the field combined his intellectual edge with a solid perspective on teaching and a readiness to address complex issues.

In 2007 his article “Strange Curricula: Origins and Development of the Institutional Categories of Schooling” (JCS 22, 203 (1990)) was selected as one of the seminal articles that had appeared in the Journal of Curriculum Studies in the previous 25 years.

In 2014 William Reid moved to Nottingham to be close to his family and he died there in August 2015.