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Women Curriculum Theorists
Power, Knowledge and Subjectivity

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ISBN 9781032258973
April 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Most published bodies of work relating to curriculum theory focus exclusively, or almost exclusively, on the contributions of men. This is not representative of influences on educational practices as a whole, and it is certainly not representative of educational theory generally, as women have played a significant role in framing the theory and practice of education in the past. Their contribution is at least equal to that of men, even though it may not immediately appear as visible on library shelves or lecture lists. This book addresses this egregious deficit by asking readers to engage in an intellectual conversation about the nature of women’s curriculum theory, as well as its impact on society and thought in general. It does this by examining the work of twelve women curriculum theorists: Maxine Greene, Susan Haack, Julia Kristeva, Martha Nussbaum, Nel Noddings, Jane Roland Martin, Marie Battiste, Dorothea Beale, Susan Isaacs, Maria Montessori, Mary Warnock and Lucy Diggs Slowe.

The book is not an encyclopaedia, nor is it a history book. It aims to bring to the reader’s attention, through a semantic rendition of the world, those seminal relationships that exist between the three meta-concepts that are addressed in the work, feminism, learning and curriculum. It will appeal to scholars and researchers with interests in curriculum, and the philosophy and sociology of education. 

Table of Contents

1.Introduction.  Section One – Conceptual Framings.  2.Maxine Greene and Imaginative Possibilities.  3.Susan Haack and Foundherentism.  4.Julia Kristeva and Edusemiotics.  5.Martha Nussbaum and Sex and Social Justice.  6.Nel Noddings and the Disposition of Care.  7.Jane Roland Martin and a Gender-Sensitive Curriculum.  8.Marie Battiste and indigenous knowledge.  Section Two – Feminist Praxes.  9.Dorothea Beale and the Education of Girls.  10.Susan Isaacs, Phantasy and Play.  11.Maria Montessori and the autonomous development of children.  12.Mary Warnock and Special Educational Needs.  13.Lucy Diggs Slowe and human potential.  14.Decolonizing the Curriculum.

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Sandra Leaton Gray is Associate Professor of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, UK, and Senior Member, Wolfson College, Cambridge University.

David Scott is Emeritus Professor of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education, UK.