World Yearbook of Education 2011: Curriculum in Today’s World: Configuring Knowledge, Identities, Work and Politics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

World Yearbook of Education 2011

Curriculum in Today’s World: Configuring Knowledge, Identities, Work and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Lyn Yates, Madeleine Grumet


254 pages

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How do curriculum, conceptions of knowledge and the schooling experiences of young people engage the great issues of this tumultuous time? Curriculum is always influenced by the events that shape our world, but when testing and bench-marking preoccupy us, we can forget the world that is both the foundation and the object of curriculum. This edited volume brings together international contributors to analyze and reflect on the way the events of the last decade have influenced the curriculum in their countries. As they address nationalism in the face of economic globalisation, the international financial crisis, immigration and the culture of diaspora, they ask how national loyalties are balanced with international relationships and interests. They ask how the rights of women, and of ethnic and racial groups are represented. They ask what has changed about history and civics post 9/11, and they ask how countries that have experienced profound political and economic changes have addressed them in curriculum.

These interactions and changes are a subject of particular interest for an international yearbook in that they are almost always permeated by global movements and influenced by multinational bodies and practices. And as these essays show, in curriculum, global and international issues are explicitly or implicitly also about local and national interests and about how citizens engage their rights and responsibilities.

This volume brings together a new approach to perspectives on curriculum today and a new collection of insights into the changes from different parts of the world which discuss:

  • How is the world represented in curriculum?
  • How do responses to world events shape the stories we tell students about who they are and can be?

This book will be of great benefit to educational researchers and policy-makers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Curriculum in Today’s World Lyn Yates, University of Melbourne, Australia and Madeleine Grumet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US Section I: Curriculum and National/Global Identities 2. Dressing the National Imaginary Georgina Tsolidis, University of Ballarat, Australia 3. Nationalism, Anti-Americanism, Canadian Identity William F. Pinar, The University of British Columbia, Canada 4. Curriculum Polices in Brazil Elizabeth Macedo, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5. Conceptualizing Curriculum Knowledge Berit Karseth and Kirsten Sivesind, Institute for Educational Research, University of Oslo, Norway Section II: Curriculum, the Economy and Work 6. Values Education amid Globalization and Change Jason Tan, National Institute of Education, Singapore 7. Preparing Students for the New World of Work Ann-Marie Bathmaker, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK 8. The Curriculum of Basic Education in Mainland China Miantao Sun and Jiang Yu, Shenyang Normal University, China Section III: Curriculum and Knowledge 9. Curriculum Policies for a Knowledge Society Michael Young, University of London, UK 10. Knowledge, Knowers and Knowing Ursula Hoadley, University of Cape Town, South Africa 11. Making Nothing Happen: Affective Life under Audit Peter Taubman, Brooklyn College, US Section IV: Curriculum Responses to Politics and Vulnerabilities 12. Images of the ‘Other’ in School Textbooks and Islamic Reading Material in Pakistan Tariq Rahman, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan 13. In the Search of Identity: Competing Models in Russia’s Civic Education Anatoli Rapoport, Purdue University, US 14. Configuration of Knowledge, Identity, and Politics through the Current History Curriculum in Israel Eyal Nevah, Tel Aviv University, Israel 15. The Challenges of Writing ‘First Draft History’ Jeremy Stoddard, College of William & Mary, US, Diana Hess, University of Wisconsin – Madison, US and Catherine Mason Hammer, College of William & Mary, US Afterword 16. The World in Today’s Curriculum Madeleine Grumet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US and Lyn Yates, University of Melbourne, Australia

About the Editors

Lyn Yates is Foundation Professor of Curriculum and also Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Madeleine Grumet is Professor of Education and Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

About the Series

World Yearbook of Education

Examining a different topical subject each year, these fascinating books put forward a wide range of perspectives and dialogue from all over the world. With the best and most pivotal work of leading educational thinkers and writers from 1965 to the present day, these essential reference titles provide a complete history of the development of education around the globe. Available individually or in library-ready sets, this is the indispensable atlas of education, mapping ever changing aspects of theory, policy, teaching and learning.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General