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Curriculum Studies Guidebooks

Volume 1- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks

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Marla B. Morris

Curriculum Studies Guidebooks treat the (Post)reconceptualization of curriculum studies. The huge corpus of literature reviewed in this volume reflect current issues and discussions dealing with education. This volume is about the intersections among curriculum studies, history, politics, multiculturalism, gender studies and literary studies. These theoretical frameworks will provide students in the field of education with the tools that they need to theorize around the concept of curriculum. This is an interdisciplinary book and might be of interest to students outside the field of education as well who are studying history, politics, multiculturalism, gender and literary studies. It could be used in such courses as curriculum studies; social foundations of education; philosophy of education; critical and contemporary issues in education; the history of American curriculum; the history of American education; and narrative inquiry in education. Outside the field of education, this book might be of interest to students in courses on women's and gender studies, courses in political science, multicultural courses, and courses in literary criticism.

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Chapter 1. Introduction

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· 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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