Decanonizing the Field
Chapter 31. The Curriculum and the Classroom
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THE CURRICULUM AND THE CLASSROOM1
Joe L. Kincheloe
I have a vision of teachers who are self-directed scholar-professionals who produce their own knowledges and diagnose the needs of their students. In this empowered vision of the profession, teachers are also curriculum developers. Here a central theme reemerges: the struggle in the twenty-first century for teachers to control their profession and engage in meaningful pedagogies in light of efforts to control and standardize every dimension of their work. A key dimension of the effort to become self-directed professionals involves teachers operating as curriculum developers. This chapter focuses on what it might mean to be a teacher who is a curriculum developer.
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