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Reading Curriculum Theory

The Development of a New Hermeneutic


William M. Reynolds

Reading Curriculum Theory: The Development of a New Hermeneutic is a study of curriculum theory texts of the 1980s. Focusing on three divisions within the theoretical traditions of the field; the conservative, the reconceptualist and the reproductionist, the book provides a hermeneutic reading of specific texts within each tradition. The book relies heavily upon the interpretation theory of Paul Ricoeur and discusses Ricoeur's theoretical works. The book reveals and demonstrates that the ultimate aim of interpretive reading or the hermeneutic process is enhanced self understanding.
Contents: This book provides and demonstrates a unique type of interpretation to modern works of curriculum theory. The use of hermeneutics to interpret curriculum texts is a new and productive approach to understanding curriculum.