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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 7. Gender Curriculum Concepts

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· 7 · gENdEr CurriCuLum CONCEpTS Introduction When studying literature(s) on gender, there are three directions I would like to take. I would like to explore feminism, masculinity studies, and queer theory. Although I separate out feminism, masculinity studies, and queer theory for the sake of organization, these concepts—in their intersections with curric- ulum studies—are interrelated. Thinking feminism, masculinity studies, and queer theory together is the goal of this chapter. But before thinking these interrelated concepts together it makes sense to think about them one at a time. Feminism(s) and Gender(s) I should note at the outset that there are many different kinds of feminism(s). Feminism has a long and rich history. The literature(s) on feminism(s) is extensive. I offer here only glimpses of what is going on in the contemporary scene. Leila Villaverde (2008) has written a helpful primer on feminism. For stu- dents who are new to feminism, Villaverde’s book is an excellent introduction. 340 curriculum studies guidebooks Villaverde tells us that there are important differences in the way scholars talk about gender. She states The 1980s and the 1990s marked the true arrival of gender studies in the literature and in academic circles. Much debate exists about the switch to “gender studies” from “women’s studies” or the use of the compound programmatic title, such as “women’s and gender studies.” (p. 71) Gender is the main concept in the feminist literature. When feminists talk about gender, little consensus is at hand. Feminism...

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