Curriculum Development in the Postmodern Era

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Education - 330 pages
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This landmark text was one of the first to introduce and analyze contemporary concepts of curriculum that emerged from the Reconceptualization of curriculum studies in the 1970s and 1980s. This new edition brings readers up to date on the major research themes (postmodernism,ecological, hermeneutics, aesthetics and arts-based research, race, class, gender, sexuality, and classroom practices) within the historical development of the field from the 1950s to the present. Like the previous editions, it is unique in providing a comprehensive overview in a relatively short and highly accessible text. Provocative and powerful narratives (both biography and autoethnography) throughout invite readers to engage the complex theories in a personal conversation. School-based examples allow readers to make connections to schools and society, teacher education, and professional development of teachers.

Changes in the Third Edition

  • New Glossary - brief summaries in the text direct readers to the Companion Website to read the entire entries
  • New analysis of the current accountability movement in schoolsincluding the charter school movement.
  • More international references clearly connected to international contexts
  • More narratives invite readers to engage the complex theories in a personal conversation
  • Companion Website-new for this edition

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Curriculum Development as a Field of Study
Chapter 1 Introduction to Curriculum Developmentm Reconceptualization and Postmodernity
Chapter 2 Historical Perspectives on Curriculum as a Field of Study
Chapter 3 The Reconceptualization of Curriculum Studies from 1973 to 2006
Chapter 4 Postmodern Schooling Curriculum and the Theological Text
Complicated Conversations in Contemporary Curriculum Development
Chapter 5 The Hermeneutic Circle and the Interpretive Process
Chapter 9 Utopian Visions Democracy and the Egalitarian Ideal
Chapter 10 Aesthetic Inquiry ArtsBased Research and the Proleptic Moment
Curriculum Development in the Postmodern Era
Chapter 11 Time and Complexity
Chapter 12 A Vision of Curriculum in the Postmodern Era
Name Index
Subject Index

Chapter 6 Gender Sexulaity Race and Ethnicity in a Multicultural and Diverse Milieu
Chapter 7 Postmodern Philosophies in Curriculum Studies
Chapter 8 Curriculum for Interdependence and Ecological Sustainability

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About the author (2006)

Patrick Slattery is Regents Scholar and Professor of Curriculum Development and Philosophy of Education at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Teaching, Learning & Culture and Educational Administration & Human Resource Development.

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