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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 7: Postcolonial curriculum concepts


· 7 · postcolonial curriculum concepts Introduction Postcolonialism, in the interstices of curriculum theory, is a crucial area of study for students interested in issues of colonialism, racism, and the ways in which education has been complicit with colonial aspirations. After study- ing postcolonialism students might begin to wonder about issues around the canon and tradition. The ideas of canon formation and tradition are political. Whose knowledge is of most worth? Out of what tradition is our knowledge born? What does this tradition mean? Whose tradition do students inherit and why? These are political questions. Outline of Chapter Postcolonialism is (post). But what exactly does this (post) mean? This is where the discussion on the postcolonial will begin. I will engage in a discus- sion of (mis)education and the colonial. I will examine the ways in which colonial peoples have resisted colonialism. I will explore the psychological problems that colonial rule causes. Toward the latter part of this chapter I will discuss what is called “anticolonial education.” Anticolonial education 210 curriculum studies guidebooks, volume 2 offers a critique of the notion of the postcolonial and approaches problems of colonialism in different ways. The (Post)colonial A topic of discussion among scholars of the postcolonial is whether the colo- nial is really (post) at all. What is “post” about the colonial? One of the most important scholars of the postcolonial, Edward Said (1994b), raises this ques- tion in his well-known book Orientalism. Said states, “Twenty-five years after its publication, Orientalism once again...

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