Engaging Curriculum: Bridging the Curriculum Theory and English Education Divide, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Engaging Curriculum

Bridging the Curriculum Theory and English Education Divide, 1st Edition

By Bill Green


304 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Explicitly linking curriculum inquiry to English education via recurring themes of representation, democracy and knowledge, this book is a call for both researchers and practitioners to engage with curriculum, explicitly and deliberatively, as both a concept and a question. The approach is broadly conceptual and constitutes an exercise in theoretical and philosophical inquiry. While deeply informed by North American debates and developments, this book offers a distinctive counterpoint and a strategically ‘ex-centric’ perspective, being equally informed by the curriculum scene in Australia, as well as the UK and elsewhere. Divided into two sections, this book first addresses matters of general curriculum inquiry, while the second turns more specifically to English teaching and to associated questions of language, literacy and literature in L1 education. Green brings the two together through a critical examination of the Australian national curriculum, especially in its implications and challenges for English teaching, and with due regard for the project of transnational curriculum inquiry.


"What is curriculum? Who decides what it is? What might it become? Informative, stimulating, scholarly, and of relevance far beyond English teaching and the Australian context, this book by one of our leading theorists is a must for any educator accepting its invitation to engage with curriculum constructively, critically and imaginatively. Engaging Curriculum not only encourages us to turn our critical gaze on key curriculum issues of our time, but presents curriculum itself as a fascinating object for interpretation."

-- Alex Moore, IOE University of London, UK

"As one of Australia’s most distinguished contributors to the transnational literatures of both curriculum inquiry and English education, Bill Green raises questions concerning each of these fields, and the complex assemblage produced by their juxtaposition, that many readers might not have thought to ask. If there is, indeed, a ‘divide’ between curriculum theory and English education, Green’s engaging essays and constructively critical historicising in this book not only ‘bridges’ it, but also goes a long way towards healing it."

--Noel Gough, Professor Emeritus of Education, La Trobe University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction: Engaging Curriculum?

Section I

1. Rethinking the Representation Problem in Curriculum Inquiry

2. Curriculum, Representation, Democracy

3. Addressing the Curriculum Problem in Doctoral Education

4. From Communication Studies to Curriculum Inquiry?

5. Curriculum AND Pedagogy? A Complicated Conversation

6. Teaching for Difference: Learning Theory and Post-Critical Pedagogy

Section II

7. Still Insisting on the Letter? Literacy Studies and Curriculum Inquiry

8. Reviving Rhetoric? English Teaching, the Literacy Challenge, and Curriculum Change

9. Curriculum, ‘English’ and Cultural Studies; or, Changing the Scene of English Teaching

10. A Question of Value: English Teaching, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Inquiry

11. English Teaching, the Knowledge Question and the National Curriculum

12. English in the Australian Curriculum: An ‘Exceptional’ Subject?

Afterword: English Teaching as Curriculum Inquiry

About the Author

Bill Green is Emeritus Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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: William.Pinar@ubc.ca

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Subject Categories

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