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Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing (Critical Social Thought)by Wayne Au
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Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to student understanding of the world around them. Here, author Wayne Au draws heavily upon critical traditions within curriculum theory, feminist theory, and teaching and learning to develop a critical standpoint theory for understanding how the orientation of school curriculum relates to the development of student consciousness.
Using evidence from struggles over standards, high-stakes testing, textbook adoptions, and the politics of classroom practice, the work done in Critical Curriculum Studies will help educators and educational theorists better understand how the politics of knowledge, as well as social relations, are embedded within the very structure of curricular knowledge itself as part of the environmental design of classrooms. In the process, Critical Curriculum Studies also explains how such curricular structures relate to critical consciousness a a concept that has been of significant debate within education.
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Au (education, U. of Washington-Bellingham) draws on influences in curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory, and on thinkers including Freire, Vygotsky, Harding, Marx, and Engels, to develop his own original curricular standpoint framework. He seeks to challenge assumptions about curriculum, including the assumptions often held by politically progressive and critical curriculum scholars. The author's ideas grew out of his experience teaching at an alternative high school for former drop outs. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Critical Curriculum Studies offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students understanding of the world around them. Wayne Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with practical examples of teaching for social justice to argue for a transformative curriculum that challenges existing inequity in social, educational, and economic relations. Making use of the work of important scholars such as Freire, Vygotsky, Hartsock, Harding, and others, Critical Curriculum Studies, argues that we must understand the relationship between the curriculum and the types of consciousness we carry out into the world.
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