In this book Tero Autio traces not only the key philosophical currents that structure traditional Anglo-American instrumental curriculum theory and Didaktik theories of curriculum which are lesser-known in the U.S., but also the divide between them and, implicitly, the opportunities for traversing this divide. Using careful historical and theoretical exposition to work through the tension between the two intellectual traditions, he describes a different perspective--one that counters the current move toward politicization and commodification. Autio's articulation of the complexity, intellectual honesty, and educational value of theoretical breakthroughs over the past few decades, especially in the American field of curriculum studies, leads to a better understanding of the complicated nature of curriculum work, as contrasted with the simplified demands of actual curriculum theory, policy, and practice worldwide.
This original work of great intellectual power and theoretical significance is an essential text for scholars in the fields curriculum studies, philosophy of education, and comparative education and for graduate-level courses in these areas.
Contents: Preface. Introduction. "Truth As Utility": Reconsidering the Rise of Scientific Method as a Pragmatic Precursor for Modernist Curriculum Thinking. From Theology and Metaphysics to the Culture of Method: The Cartesian Revolution of Epistemology and Curriculum. The Puritan-Protestant Disenchantment of Spirituality: The Rationalization of Religion, Inquiring Mind, and Education. Curricular Predicaments of John Locke's Liberalism: Pleasure and Reason; Psychology and Politics. Curriculum and the Politics of Psychology: "Conformity of Wills and Predictability of Behavior." Epilogue: Toward a Curriculum Discourse Sui Generis.
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