Volume 1- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 1. Introduction
· 1 · iNTrOduCTiON The concept of a guidebook evokes travel through unknown terrain. The pur- pose of this guidebook is to introduce students, professors, and teachers to current concepts and theoretical frameworks in the field of curriculum stud- ies. Both undergraduates and graduate students will benefit from reading this book. Students, after studying this book, will broaden their knowledge base and better understand current debates around curriculum studies and educa- tion. In this chapter I explore the notion of travel as a metaphor for studying curriculum theory. I unpack my general approach to this book. I discuss vari- ous scholars who have influenced my thinking. Finally, brief chapter outlines will conclude this chapter. Travel as Metaphor The terrain of the field of curriculum studies is vast. Indeed, a guide is needed. Studying the configurations of the field can be bewildering. These configura- tions are always on the move. The field changes as new ideas arrive on the scene, as new scholars enter the field. Travel is an apt metaphor for a field that is in flux. It is difficult to write about something that changes continually. But this is the nature of academic work. I have tried to capture current discussions 2 curriculum studies guidebooks in the field even though I know that in the future the field will be different. Pinar et al. (1995) put it this way: Movement. From different traditions toward different ends each of the contemporary discourses points to an understanding of curriculum in terms of movement,...
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