What Is Curriculum Theory?

ISBN-10: 0415804116

ISBN-13: 9780415804110

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: William F. Pinar
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Description: This primer for teachers (prospective and practicing) asks readers to question the historical present and their relation to it, and in so doing, to construct their own understandings of what it means to teach, to study, to become "educated" in the present moment. Curriculum theory is the scholarly effort #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; inspired by theory in the humanities, arts and interpretive social sciences #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; to understand the curriculum, defined here as "complicated conversation." Rather than the formulation of objectives to be evaluated by (especially standardized) tests, curriculum is communication informed by academic knowledge, and it is characterized by educational experience. Pinar recasts school reform as school deform in which educational institutions devolve into cram schools preparing for standardized exams, and traces the history of this catastrophe starting in 1950s. Changes in the Second Edition: Introduces Pinar#xE2;#xAC;"s formulation of allegories-of-the-present#xE2;#xAC;#x1D; a concept in which subjectivity, history, and society become articulated through the teacher#xE2;#xAC;"s participation in the complicated conversation that is the curriculum; features a new chapter on Weimar Germany (as an allegory of the present); includes new chapters on the future, and on the promises and risks of technology.

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List price: $52.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Abbreviations
The Problem That Is the Present
School Deform
The Race to Nowhere
The Less You Know
"Untimely" Concepts
Too Little Intellect in Matters of Soul
The School as a Business
The Figure of the Schoolteacher
From Autobiography to Allegory
To Run the Course: Currere
Allegory as Montage
Why Weimar?
The Regressive Moment: The Past in the Present
The Defeat of Democracy
The Terrible Question
States of Emergency
The "Highly Fissured" Republic
The Regimented Mass
Art as Allegory
Economic Crisis
The Great Age of Educational Reform
Correctional Education
Mortal Educational Combat
Gracious Submission
The Racial Politics of Curriculum Reform
Students and the Civil Rights Movement
Freedom Schools
The Gender Politics of Curriculum Reform
The Progressive Moment: The Future in the Present
The Dissolution of Subjectivity in Cyberculture
Dream, Thought, Fantasy
"Let Them Eat Data"
The Death of the Subject?
Breaking News
Intimacy and Abjection
The Future in the Past
The Technology of Cultural Crisis
The Degradation of the Present
A Philosophy of Technology
Technology and Soul
The Analytic Moment: Understanding the Present
Anti-Intellectualism and Complicated Conversation
An Unrehearsed Intellectual Adventure
Curriculum as Complicated Conversation Is Not (Only) Classroom Discourse
Is it Too Late?
The Synthetical Moment: Reactivating the Past, Understanding the Present, Finding the Future
Subjective and Social Reconstruction
A Struggle within Each Person
Reactivating the Past
Understanding the Present
Finding the Future
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