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A Post-constructivist Perspective


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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataRoth, Wolff-Michael.Curriculum*-in-the-making: a post-constructivist perspective / Wolff-Michael Roth.pages cm. — (Critical praxis and curriculum guides; vol. 5)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Curriculum planning—Philosophy.2. Postmodernism and education. I. Title.LB2806.15.R67  375’.001—dc23  2014005849ISBN 978-1-4331-2474-7 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2473-0 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1326-0 (e-book)ISSN 2166-1367Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at

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