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Curriculum Development in the Postmodern Era provided the first introduction to and analysis of contemporary concepts of curriculum development in relation to postmodernism. It challenged educators to transcend purely traditional approaches to curriculum development and instead to incorporate various postmodern discourses into their reflection and action in schools. Since its publication in 1995, the curriculum studies field has exploded, the very notion of the postmodern has shifted and the landscape of American schooling has changed dramatically - federal policies like "No Child Left Behind" have dramatically increased the focus on accountability and consequently what and how teachers teach.
In this much-anticipated and thoroughly updated edition, noted curriculum studies scholar Patrick Slattery tackles these and other issues to reflect on the current state of curriculum development and on where the field may go from here.
Part 1: Curriculum Development as a Field of Study 1. Introduction to Curriculum Development, Reconceptualization, and Postmodernity 2. Historical Perspectives on Curriculum as a Field of Study 3. The Reconceptualization of Curriculum Studies from 1973 to 2006 4. Postmodern Schooling, Curriculum, and the Theological Text Part 2: Complicated Conversations in Contemporary Curriculum Development 5. The Hermeneutic Circle and the Interpretive Process 6. Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Ethnicity in a Multicultural and Diverse Milieu 7. Postmodern Philosophies in Curriculum Studies 8. Curriculum for Interdependence and Ecological Sustainability 9. Utopian Visions, Democracy, and the Egalitarian Ideal 10. Aesthetic Inquiry, Arts-Based Research, and the Proleptic Moment Part 3: Curriculum Development in the Postmodern Era 11. Time and Complexity 12. A Vision of Curriculum in the Postmodern Era