Volume 2- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 1: Introduction
· 1 · introduction This book is the second volume of Curriculum Studies Guidebooks: Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks. This book is an introduction to current curricular issues that students of education, curriculum studies scholars, educationists, teachers, and policymakers might find useful when trying to understand the current field of curriculum studies. In the first volume of the Guidebooks I explore curriculum studies in the interstices of history, politics, multiculturalism, gender, and literature. In this volume, I examine curriculum studies in the interstices of aesthetics, spiritual- ity, cosmopolitanism, ecology, cultural studies, postcolonialism, poststructur- alism, and psychoanalytic theory. Many of these theoretical frameworks were in their early stages or were hinted at in Pinar et al. (1995). Today these frame- works have emerged in new ways, which is what I explore in these Guidebooks. At the close of this introduction I offer brief outlines of the chapters. A Debt of Gratitude Alberto Manguel (2015) says, “There are always models for any new literary [or curriculum studies] venture” (p. 20). Indeed, there are many models of cur- rent curriculum studies scholarship. There are many schools of thought about 2 curriculum studies guidebooks, volume 2 what curriculum studies means. These Guidebooks are written in the tradition of the reconceptualization that began in the early 1970s. Today, though, cur- riculum studies scholarship has moved into what is dubbed the (post)recon- ceptualization. The field has moved and changed over the years but the basic structure of the field has not changed. There is continuity between what was...
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