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Curriculum*-in-the-Making

A Post-constructivist Perspective

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Wolff-Michael Roth

Curriculum*-in-the-Making theorizes about the living curriculum as an event that is in the making, for the enacted curriculum is something finished, which, only as an object, can be compared to another object. A living curriculum, understood as an event*-in-the-making, leads to a very different appreciation of just what is happening in a classroom. Events* are understood to be in the making so we cannot know the precise nature of what we witness until after completion has been achieved. This book uses lesson fragments to develop a post-constructivist perspective on curriculum that is grounded in a phenomenological approach concerned with understanding the never-ending movement of life. This leads to radically different forms of understanding of curriculum issues such as the subject, ethics, the role of passibility and passivity, the nature of the response, and the learning paradox.
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Chapter 3. World*-in-the-Making

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WORLD*-IN-THE-MAKING

Representation is a presence that is presented, exposed, or exhibited. It is not, therefore, presence pure and simple: it is precisely not the immediacy of the being-posed-there but is rather that which draws presence out of this immediacy insofar as it puts a value on presence as some presence or another. (Nancy, 2005, p. 36)

[T]he event of once-occurrent Being…cannot be determined in the categories of non-participant theoretical consciousness – it can be determined only in the categories of actual communion, i.e., of an actually performed act, in the categories of participative-effective experiencing of the concrete uniqueness of the world. (Bakhtin, 1993, p. 13)

In the book’s epigraph, Nietzsche (1954c) suggests that as soon as we grasp cause–effect thinking as an artifice, the ideas of a thing in itself, its appearance, and their opposition crumble. When we attempt to understand the world* as a whole and in its making, that is, as life, as becoming (in) continuous flux, then thinking in terms of self-same things does not help. The things, to which causes are attributed and the things that have been affected, in which the effects are noticeable as such, are but fictions. This does not mean that these fictions – i.e., things made, from Lat. fingēre, to fashion, form – are not useful. Rather, these fictions are the result of a “will” that allows control and predictability: “Life is based on the supposition of the belief in...

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