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Contemplating Curriculum

Genealogies/Times/Places, 1st Edition

Edited by Wanda Hurren, Erika Hasebe-Ludt


209 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Contemplating Curriculum takes up world-renowned curricular scholar, teacher, and mentor Ted T. Aoki’s invitation to contemplate where curriculum scholars situate themselves in their work. At the same time it probes into the historical and present conditions that make it both possible and impossible to attend to this work in classrooms and communities in mindful, embodied, and aesthetic ways, both locally and globally. The book offers a strong representative sampling of contemporary thinking in the field with a focus on contemplative approaches to curriculum. In their theorizing, contributors call on literary and other mixed-genre formats, such as creative nonfiction, poetry, and essay. They acknowledge the importance of intergenerational dialogue and recognize the importance of time and place in curricular, pedagogical, and personal sense-making. These written and visual texts invite contemplation on notions of curriculum, both planned and lived, in an Aokian spirit of intertextuality.


"For Ted T. Aoki language isn't merely communication, it is a way for human beings to live humanly in the world, to cultivate listening to the tensions/intentions of our socio-cultural spaces, and to dwell in sites of abundance as we linger and learn together. Contemplating Curriculum exemplifies these Aokian ideas in every possible way. It is a brilliant volume that honours Aoki's scholarship and practice by demonstrating the genealogies/times/places that beckon his work into the future. Through this extraordinary book Aoki's work will live on for generations to come."

Rita Irwin, University of British Columbia, Canada

"Ted once told me that all he had to do was close his eyes and stay silent and many people would think he was ‘deep.’ Ha! This, among many other reasons, is why we loved him. What we've got here is a loving collection of some of those other reasons."

David Jardine, University of Calgary, Canada

Table of Contents

Preface: An Invitation to Contemplate the Topos and Humus of Curriculumon Genealogical Grounds Wanda Hurren and Erika Hasebe-Ludt Part I: Weaving Genealogies 1. To Meditate on Those Who Have Gone Before Douglas Sadao Aoki 2. A Day in the Life of Ted Aoki Wm E. Doll, Jr. 3. Regarding Ted Aoki: On Love and Learning to Listen in the Curriculum Studies Field Kathryn Jones 4. As Neither/Both Teds: Theodore Reflects Upon Tetsuo Ted Riecken 5. Curriculum Cool Alison Pryer 6. Calling Upstream/Dream Sheena Koops 7. Waiting for My Son’s Call: Invitation to Contemplate Possible/Impossible Lynn Fels 8. Apprenticing With Ted Leah C. Fowler 9. Storied Memories, Colonial Experiences, and Curricular Imaginings Ingrid Johnston Part II: Lingering with Times, Dwelling in Places 10. Five Petals of Thought Fall on Broken Ground: To Walk with Ted Aoki Erika Hasebe-Ludt 11. Learning to Dwell Aright in the Tensionality of a Sweat Lodge Michele Tanaka 12. This Park Has Snakes Christina Audet 13. Reasserting the Curriculum-as-Lived Under the Constraints of the Interest in Control Bruce G. Hill 14. Evolving Inside the Landscape: Fireweed Phenology Shanna Hagens 15. Living Pedagogy…Cracks and In-Betweens: The Messy of Landscapes and Languages Marilyn Low 16. Haraam Sheila Simpkins 17. Paleographies of Aokian Discourse: A Genealogy of Border Pedagogies and Generative Possibilities Patricia Palulis Part III: Living the Topos 18. Cultivating an Aesthetic Sensibility in Curricular Spaces: Five Aesthetic Moments Wanda Hurren 19. The Question of Community: Community in Question Terrance R. Carson 20. This But a Prelude of What’s to Come Renee Norman 21. Find a Space In Between for Intercultural Adaptation: My Curricular Cookbook and Ted Aoki Nicole Nie Bowden 22. In the Discipline of…WIND Vicki Kelly 23. Wearing Curriculum or Curriculum Wearing (on) Me? Kathleen Nolan 24. Lived Experiences of Loss: Living Perceptibly as a Teacher in New Familiarities Candace P. Lewko 25. Contemplating A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project: Currere, Denkbild and Intellectual Genealogies Nicholas Ng-A-Fook 26. Contemplating and Complicating Curriculum by Attending to Language: Twenty-Six Metonymic Moments Carl Leggo

About the Editors

Wanda Hurren is Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Canada.

Erika L. Hasebe-Ludt is Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Canada.

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


EMAIL: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

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