Curriculum Work and Social Justice Leadership in a Post-Reconceptualist Era
Attaining Critical Consciousness and Learning to Become
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This book urgently confronts systems of privilege and oppression within education, and combines concepts including bifocality, currere, and conscientização to highlight the role of dialogical and autobiographical reflection in dismantling neoliberal and colonial logics at the level of theory, policy, and practice.
The author purposefully connects methods and concepts from curriculum, social studies and the arts, and offers insights into identity formation, social position, and social transformation. As such, Coutinho presents an opportunity for curricularists to evaluate the connections between their lives and their work within and across mutually-constitutive discursive and material contexts, and critically analyze their agency, their relational encounters, and their position as changemakers within unjust social realities. Focusing on the intersection of curriculum theory with educational policy and leadership, the text calls for a mutual "becoming conscious" to illustrate how this can affect an ontological shift toward social justice education, lived curriculum, and emancipatory pedagogy.
With the potential to expand and set the tone for a long-standing curriculum conversation for curriculum theorists, educational leaders and policymakers concerning the contours and dimensions of our work in schools, research institutions, and policy circles, it crucially asks: what does it mean to engage in the complicated conversation of curriculum work in a post-reconceptualist era?
Table of Contents
Foreword by William Pinar
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Engaging in the complicated conversation of curriculum work in a post-reconceptualist Era
Chapter 3 – A short autobiographical account about conscientização: critically bifocalizing ‘self’ and ‘work’ to learn to become
Chapter 4 – Reconceptualizing the concept of ‘informed dialogue’ in policy circles: Embracing curriculum ‘as lived’
Chapter 5 – Valorizing the (auto)biographical con(text) in curriculum work to "learn to become"
Chapter 6 – Conclusion
Allan Michel Jales Coutinho is a graduate from the International Education Policy Program at Harvard University, USA. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Development in Education from Green Mountain College, USA, and Nagoya University, Japan.