Decanonizing the Field
Edited By João M. Paraskeva and Shirley R. Steinberg
Chapter 8. Dialectics and the Development of Curriculum Theory
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DIALECTICS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF CURRICULUM THEORY
Henry A. Giroux
One of the major tasks of the curriculum field is to demonstrate in consistent fashion the process of self-criticism and self-renewal. Unfortunately, such a task is more easily stated than accomplished. Yet, while the reasons for the loss of this critical capacity are varied and complex, the underlying source for the atrophy of self-reflection in the curriculum field may be traced to a general failure, particularly among members of the dominant tradition, to understand how the interface of ideology, dominant institutional interests, and curriculum theory contribute to the latter’s incomplete development.
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