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Curriculum Studies Guidebooks

Volume 2- Concepts and Theoretical Frameworks


Marla B. Morris

Curriculum Studies Guidebooks treat the (Post)reconceptualization of curriculum studies. The literature reviewed in this volume reflects current issues and discussions taking place in education. This volume is about the intersections among curriculum studies and aesthetics; spirituality; cosmopolitanism; ecology; cultural studies; postcolonialism; poststructuralism; and psychoanalytic theory. 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 that will be of interest to students outside the field of education who are studying aesthetics, spirituality, cosmopolitanism, ecology, cultural studies, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, and psychoanalytic theory. It could be used in such education courses as curriculum studies; social foundations of education; philosophy of education; cultural curriculum studies; critical and contemporary issues in education; narrative inquiry in education; and qualitative studies in education.


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Chapter 3: Spiritual curriculum concepts


· 3 · spiritual curriculum concepts Introduction In this chapter I begin with a general introduction to spirituality in its con- nection to religion, aesthetics, ecology, and depth psychology. I then explore some major concepts emerging in the interstices of curriculum studies and spirituality such as soul, holy sparks, interiority, mysticism, ecospirituality, spiritual and social activism, and bearing witness to Jewish identity. Spirituality and Religion A debate in the field of religious studies turns on whether or not one can de- tach spirituality from a particular religion. Most religious studies scholars will say no. Spirituality is always connected to a tradition. Spirituality does not come out of nowhere. The two earliest curriculum theorists who worked in the area of spirituality were Dwayne Huebner (1999) and James Macdonald (1996). Both of these curriculum theorists’ writings on spirituality are steeped in the Christian tradition. Current curriculum theorists who write on spiritu- ality are indebted to both Macdonald and Huebner because they opened the door for this kind of work to be done in the field of curriculum studies. 56 curriculum studies guidebooks, volume 2 Spirituality, Aesthetics, Ecology, and Depth Psychology The spiritual ties both into aesthetics and ecology. According to Edmund Mor- ris (2005) Beethoven “insisted on kneeling prayers in the morning and eve- ning” (p. 199). He considered his Pastorale Symphony “a religious utterance” (pp. 199–200). Morris also suggests that Beethoven was a sort of pantheist (p. 199). His pantheism (that God is everywhere and in everything) was steeped in the Christian...

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