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Cultures of Curriculum

2nd Edition

Edited by Pamela Bolotin Joseph


304 pages

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Using "cultures of curriculum" as a lens, this clear, compelling text reveals and critically examines the belief systems and classroom practices of curricular orientations in contemporary American society. It is designed to foster awareness, examination, and deliberation about the curricula planned for and carried out in classrooms and schools; to inspire conversations about theory and practice as well as political, social, and moral issues; and to expand critical consciousness about approaches to curriculum and practice. Readers are encouraged to give serious attention to the issues this book raises for them, and to join with their colleagues, students, and communities in considering how to create curricula with purpose and congruent practices and to reculture classrooms and schools. A framework of inquiry is presented to facilitate such reflection and to accomplish these goals.

Cultures of Curriculum, Second Edition:

  • Introduces the field of curriculum studies by describing theories and questions pertinent to curriculum inquiry

  • Describes the process of curriculum leadership drawing from historical and contemporary research on curriculum change and transformation

  • Presents the concept of cultures of curriculum as a way of thinking of curriculum as cultural text encompassing histories, norms, beliefs, values, roles, and environments.

  • Connects theory to practice by describing curricular orientations as depicted in practice, providing educators with approaches to instruction, planning, and assessment for creating intentional practices in classrooms and schools

  • Uses a heuristic that helps educators to understand curricular orientations, examine curriculum in classrooms and schools, and reflect upon their own beliefs and practices

  • Integrates moral and political discourse into discussions of curriculum orientations so that educators can recognize, question, and challenge aims and actions by examining dominant paradigms and both their direct and unforeseeable influences upon schooling

Changes in the second edition:

  • Four new chapters –
    • "Narrowing the Curriculum" (current trends of standardization and high-stakes testing)
    • "Educating Through Occupations (Deweyan progressive and career/technical education)
    • "Sustaining Indigenous Traditions" (Native American/indigenous education)
    • "Envisioning Peace" (peace, global, human rights, environmental education)

  • Updates and pertinent scholarship in all chapters reflecting recent events and discourses
  • Curricular cultures all are examples of progressive alternatives to traditional education
  • New two-part structure: Curriculum Studies and Curricular Cultures

Table of Contents



Part I. Curriculum Studies

1. Conceptualizing Curriculum (Pamela Joseph)

2. Understanding Curriculum as Culture (Pamela Joseph)

3. Narrowing the Curriculum (Pamela Joseph, Nancy Green, Edward Mikel, Mark Windschitl)

4. Reculturing Curriculum (Pamela Joseph, Edward Mikel, Mark Windschitl)

Part II. Curricular Cultures

5. Constructing Understanding (Mark Windschitl)

6. Developing Self and Spirit (Stephanie Bravmann)

7. Educating through Occupations (Nancy Green & Pamela Joseph)

8. Connecting to the Canon (Pamela Joseph)

9. Sustaining Indigenous Traditions (Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz)

10. Deliberating Democracy (Edward Mikel)

11. Confronting the Dominant Order (Mark Windschitl & Pamela Joseph)

12. Envisioning Peace (Pamela Joseph)

About the Contributors

Name Index

Subject Index 

About the Editor

Pamela Bolotin Joseph is a principal lecturer in the Education Program, University of Washington Bothell.

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