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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 6: Cultural studies curriculum concepts


· 6 · cultural studies curriculum concepts Introduction In this chapter I discuss some of the major themes that have emerged from re- cent literature in the interstices of cultural studies and curriculum theory. This chapter will focus mostly on youth cultures and the popular. Popular culture in the context of youth is what most curriculum studies scholars focus on in this area, although some see cultural studies more broadly as the study of cultures generally. Some argue that limiting the focus to what is popular is too narrow. For instance, Shirley Steinberg and Joe Kincheloe (1997) argue, Cultural studies has something to do with the effort to produce an interdisciplinary (or counterdisciplinary) way of studying…cultural practices in historical, social, and theoretical contexts. Refusing to equate “culture” with high culture, cultural studies attempts to examine the diversity of a society’s artistic, institutional, and communi- cative expressions often ignored by the traditional social sciences, cultural studies is often equated with the study of popular culture. Such an equation is misleading.… Indeed, the interests of cultural studies are much broader and include in particular the “rules” of academic study itself…what can and cannot be said, who speaks. (p. 5) Part of the reason cultural studies also concerns the “rules” of who can say what in academe is because still today in many universities writing about what 174 curriculum studies guidebooks, volume 2 is popular is unacceptable and not thought to be scholarship. Who defines what scholarship is, is a political question. Cultural...

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