Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Educators’ Insights on Culture Shock, Identity and Pedagogy
Chapter 7: Envisioning a Kaleidoscopic Curriculum
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ENVISIONING A KALEIDOSCOPIC CURRICULUM
Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope—a slight change and all patterns alter. (Sharon Salzberg, n.d.)
The artful curriculum theorist Dwayne Huebner (1999) wrote the following passage in 1966—the year of my birth:
The curriculum becomes a symbol of his life; to make this curriculum stand out with beauty and truths requires artistic power. Somehow the educator must not solve educational problems. He makes his mark on the world through his artistry, by projecting himself out into the world so he can say: “This is what I am, what I believe. Here is my contribution to the truth and the beauty in the world.” (p. 127)
In spite of the use of gendered language that was common in the 1960s, what I appreciate about Huebner’s statement is the idea that curriculum can be a work of art. That this work of art is designed to exemplify the educator’s vision—their beliefs, their feelings, and the ways in which they go about making meaning. Further, that curriculum is a way to enter into a broader more worldly dialogue that goes beyond the educational realm. This refreshing perspective brings much needed life into the discussion of curriculum and demonstrates that curriculum is an intensely personal undertaking, and as such is not ← 213 | 214 → prone to mass replication. The following is my simple contribution, my work of art. It is not meant to solve educational problems, but...
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