1st Edition

Love in the Post-Reconceptualist Era of Curriculum Work Deliberations on the Meanings of Care

By Allan Michel Jales Coutinho Copyright 2023
    132 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    By employing the autobiographical method of currere and bifocalization, this book sheds light on the significance of love and the ethics of caregiving as means to transform curriculum studies into a post-reconceptualist and collective endeavor.

    Advancing an understanding of curriculum as a "collective public moral enterprise," it critically asks whether we can build a world where love is not negotiated, but only proliferated. Through the creation of short and interconnected autobiographical narratives about the meanings of love, the author provides pivotal insights for curricularists who labor in conflicting and paradoxical contexts. As such, the book seeks to demonstrate how the labor of "love fortification" may be accomplished in a world of agonistic, antagonistic, and competitive becoming(s). Highlighting the role of caregiving, this book questions the role of evaluations in post-reconceptualization and provides insights for educators and policymakers on how to promote "actualization" and reconciliation in schools in contexts across the global-north and -south.

    Engaging with a long scholarly tradition that ultimately seeks to understand the meanings of love in our lives and in our work, supporting the "historization" of the field of curriculum, and with an international focus, this book will appeal to scholars and students with interests in curriculum studies and curriculum theory.

    Foreword by William F. Pinar  1. Introduction  2. Studying Love Through Juxtapositions in Curriculum  3. Positioning Love as an Ethics of Care/Giving in Curriculum  4. Unfolding Autobiographies, Fortifying Love in Curriculum  5. Love and Justice in Evaluations in Societies and in Schools  6. Conclusion: Love and Reconciliation


    Allan Michel Jales Coutinho is a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His scholarly work also culminates from academic experiences at the University of Toronto, Harvard, Nagoya University, Green Mountain College, and the Federal network of Institutes of Science, Technology, and Education.