Complexifying Curriculum Studies: Reflections on the Generative and Generous Gifts of William E. Doll, Jr., 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Complexifying Curriculum Studies

Reflections on the Generative and Generous Gifts of William E. Doll, Jr., 1st Edition

Edited by Molly Quinn


252 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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]

List of Contributors


About the Editor

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

About the Series

Studies in Curriculum Theory Series

In this age of multimedia information overload, scholars and students may not be able to keep up with the proliferation of different topical, trendy book series in the field of curriculum theory. It will be a relief to know that one publisher offers a balanced, solid, forward-looking series devoted to significant and enduring scholarship, as opposed to a narrow range of topics or a single approach or point of view. This series is conceived as the series busy scholars and students can trust and depend on to deliver important scholarship in the various "discourses" that comprise the increasingly complex field of curriculum theory.

The range of the series is both broad (all of curriculum theory) and limited (only important, lasting scholarship) – including but not confined to historical, philosophical, critical, multicultural, feminist, comparative, international, aesthetic, and spiritual topics and approaches. Books in this series are intended for scholars and for students at the doctoral and, in some cases, master's levels.

Persons interested in submitting book proposals or in serving as reviewers for this series are invited to contact

Professor William F. Pinar

Canada Research Chair
University of British Columbia

Faculty of Education

Department of Curriculum Studies

2125 Main Mall

Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects