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Complexifying Curriculum Studies
Reflections on the Generative and Generous Gifts of William E. Doll, Jr.

Edited By

Molly Quinn

ISBN 9780367547929
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The essays in this volume bring together leading-edge scholars to illuminate the work of William E. Doll, Jr., as a key curriculum thinker of global impact, and introduce his work and influence to new generations of scholars, teachers, and students of education. Drawing on their individual contexts, contributors cover a range of topics and themes, including engagement with pragmatism, the work of John Dewey, and the inclusion of post-modern, chaos, and complexity theories to education and curriculum. Advancing our understanding and conversation of existing problems and possibilities in education, this collection serves as both an homage to Doll and a call for action and consideration of what matters in education.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction—From "The Echo of God’s Laughter": The Generative and Generous Gifts
  2. of William E. Doll, Jr. to Curriculum Studies

    [Molly Quinn]

    Part I: Of Influence, Inspiration, and Intellectual Adventure

  3. Dynamics of a Scholarly Life: Conversational Complexity in Pursuit of the
  4. Mysterium Tremendum

    [M. Jayne Fleener]

  5. Toward the Reenchantment of Curriculum: A Study on William Doll’s Postmodern Curriculum Theory
  6. [Hua Zhang]

  7. Education as Liberating Experience: Bill Doll's Scholarship and Contested Legacies
  8. of Euro-American Curriculum Theories from Descartes Onwards

    [Tero Autio]

  9. Thoroughly (Post-Modern) Billy
  10. [Peter Appelbaum]

  11. Travels with Bill in Search of America (and Beyond)
  12. [Noel Gough]

    Part II: Of Engagement, Immersion, and Transformative Experience

  13. The . . . Readiness . . . To Be "All Ears"
  14. [David W. Jardine]

  15. Engaging Engaging: Topological Reflections Prompted by Bill Doll
  16. [Bernard P. Ricca]

  17. Playful Engagement with Difference
  18. [Hongyu Wang]

  19. A Recursive Path to Infinity
  20. [Lixin Luo]

    Part III: Of Play, Praxis, and Pedagogical Grace

  21. Learning the Play of Language: Hermeneutic Acts of Interpretation While Watching
  22. Bill Doll Dance

    [Douglas McKnight]

  23. A Life with Bill Doll: A Journey in Praxis, Patience, and Play
  24. [Stephen S. Triche]

  25. An Extraordinary Pedagogical Figure: Bill Doll as a Susung
  26. [Jung-Hoon Jung]

  27. The Pedagogical Complexity of Story
  28. [Sarah Smitherman Pratt]

    Part IV: Of Method, Mystery, and Visionary Magic

  29. Circling the Known
  30. [Kathleen R. Kesson]

  31. An Ethics of Free Responsible Action: Examining Doll’s Struggling With Spirituality
  32. [Ugena Whitlock]

  33. Addressing "Curriculum" as an Inspirited Letter
  34. [Nicholas Ng-A-Fook]

  35. The Pedagogy of the King of Chaos in a Post-modern Era
  36. [Jie Yu]

    Part V: Of School, Society, and the Sacred in Scholarly Tradition

  37. Post-modern Curriculum: Reviving the Vision
  38. [Nel Noddings]

  39. Complex Conversations on Curriculum: Ghosts and the Five C’s Revisited
  40. [Eero Ropo and Veli-Matti Värri]

  41. "Wrestling" with Complexity: Bill Doll’s "Dancing Curriculum"
  42. [Denise Egéa]

  43. Living Poetically: The Pedagogy of William E. Doll Jr.
  44. [Carl Leggo]

  45. Confronting Life and Death: Reflections on Living the Spirit of Education
  46. [Petra Munro Hendry]

  47. Afterword

[William Pinar]

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Molly Quinn is Professor in the College of Education at Augusta University, USA.