This volume broadens the horizon of educational research in North America by introducing a comprehensive dialogue between Eastern and Western philosophies and perspectives on the subject of curriculum theory and practice. It is a very timely work in light of the progressively globalized nature of education and educational studies and the increasingly widespread attunement to Eastern educational theories in the West.
By introducing Eastern perspectives, this book questions taken-for-granted thinking in Western educational thought about the foundations of teaching and learning, curriculum theory, educational policy, and educational issues such as teaching for social justice, service-learning initiatives, human rights and environmental education, and the teaching of content area subjects. It provides an important opportunity for scholars from different countries and different disciplines to establish a solid yet accessible foundation of East-West inquiry that furthers the scope and depth of curriculum studies and to disseminate the insights from this book in the venues in which they work.
Researchers, faculty, and graduate students in the fields of curriculum theory, curriculum and instruction, educational foundations, philosophy of education, international/comparative education, and multicultural educational studies will welcome this book. It is appropriate as a text for upper-level courses in these areas.
“…a sterling example of how the internationalization of curriculum studies deepens intercultural dialogue in the face of globalization…. Each chapter responds in some way to the dualisms of modernist logic, which has thrown us out of balance with nature, recalling the rich inheritance of centuries-old wisdom traditions founded upon harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Not only does this volume offer new directions in curriculum theory it will give sustenance to educators searching for a direction home, out of a deepening intellectual, spiritual, and moral confusion.”
—Terrance R. Carson
University of Alberta
“The crises that afflict our educational systems will not be resolved without fresh ways of thinking. This insightful book is a good place to start: Western pedagogy engages with the wisdom of Asian traditions. The cross-cultural dialogues that result provide the kind of new perspectives that we need today.”
—David R. Loy
Contents: D. Jardine, Foreword: "The Sickness of the West". Preface: Openings Into a Curriculum of the Way. D.G. Smith, "…the Farthest West Is But the Farthest East": The Long Way of Oriental / Occidental Engagement. H. Bai, A. Cohen, Breathing Qi (Ch’i), Following Tao: Transforming This Violence-Ridden World. C. Eppert, Fear, (Educational) Fictions of Character, & Buddhist Insights for an Arts-Based Witnessing Curriculum. R. Hattam, Socially-Engaged Buddhism as a Provocation for Critical Pedagogy in “Unsettling Times". j. jagodzinski, The Gaze of the Teacher: Eye-to-Eye With Lacan, Derrida and the Zen of Dõgen and Nishitani. T. Kaneda, Shanti, Peacefulness of Mind. X. Li, My Lived Stories of Poetic Thinking and Taoist Knowing. P.M. Hendry, Engendering Wisdom: Listening to Kuan Yin and Julian of Norwich. Y. Nakagawa, Eastern Wisdom and Holistic Education: Multidimensional Reality and the Way of Awareness. J. Piirto, Krishnamurti and Me: Meditations on His Philosophy of Curriculum and on India. K. Roy, Radical Times: Perspectives on the Qualitative Character of Duration. D. Vokey, Hearing, Contemplating, Meditating: In Search of the Transformative Integration of Heart and Mind. H. Wang, The Strength of the Feminine, the Lyrics of the Chinese Woman’s Self and the Power of Education. H. Zhang, Toward a Confucian Vision of Curriculum. M.A. Doll, Afterword: Teaching Along the Way.
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