The Kaleidoscope of Lived Curricula: Learning Through a Confluence of Crisis

About The Book

Within the context of recent, and ongoing, plural pandemics such as COVID-19 up/ending lives, social and racial chaos and catastrophe, political pressures, and economic convulsions, The Kaleidoscope of Lived Curricula: Learning Through a Confluence of Crises offers a journey through a collection of scholarly reflective creative pieces–stories of lived curricula. Like a kaleidoscope filled with loose pieces of simple colored glass and objects transforming into an infinite variety of beautiful forms and patterns with the slightest turn, the collection of pieces in this book reflect images of the sky that nurtures life; sun that illuminates understanding; earth that shifts and grounds us; fire that is primal, intending to spark and extend curricular and pedagogical conversations and understandings. This book provides a lens through which to observe and experience how plural pandemics shifted the lived curricula–the colored glass and objects in the lives of others–to surface, contextualize, confront, and curate challenges, as well as celebrate the courageous and elevate and empower marginalized groups to relate, learn, and heal through stories of lived curricula. This beautiful collection brings readers to an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the lived curricula unlike they have ever experienced before.

Making A Spectacle
Examining Curriculum/Pedagogy as Recovery From Political Trauma

About The Book

This book edition offers a collection of scholarship and reflections that goes beyond theoretical conversations. This volume helps reignite a dialogue not only by scholars but also by educators, activists, and students who believe in inclusive and equal access to education for all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexuality, religion, and other identities. In this volume, the authors examine curriculum and pedagogy as a tool for recovery from political trauma and healing. They used this as an opportunity to confront some of the politically shameful situations affecting educational environments, homes, neighborhoods, enclaves, and regions marked by socioeconomic inequality.

Ideating Pedagogy in Troubled Times
Approaches to Identity, Theory, Teaching and Research

About The Book

We began the call for this book by asking authors to ideate on activism -to take up and seek to extend- the interbraided values from the Curriculum and Pedagogy group’s espoused mission and vision, collocating activist ideologies, theoretical traditions, and practical orientations as a means of creatively, reflectively, and productively responding to the increasingly dire social moment. This moment is framed by a landscape denigrated beyond even Pinar’s (2004) original declaration of the present-as-nightmare. The current, catastrophic political climate provides challenges and (albeit scant) opportunities for curriculum scholars and workers as we reflect on past and future directions of our field, and grapple with our locations and roles as educators, researchers, practitioners, and beings in the world. These troubled times force us to think critically about our scholarship and pedagogy, our influence on educational practices in multiple registers, and the surrounding communities we claim to serve. This is where the call began: from a desire to think through modern conceptions regarding what counts as activism in the fields of education, curriculum, and pedagogy, and to consider how activist voices and enactments might emerge differently through curriculum and pedagogy writ large.

Critical Intersections In Contemporary Curriculum & Pedagogy

About The Book

This volume offers a collection of scholarship that extends curricular conversations, crosses borders of praxis, and expands democratic, critical, and aesthetic imaginaries toward the ends of lending momentum to the ever-present and wide-open question: What is to be done— in terms of curriculum and pedagogy— in P-12 schools, in teacher education and other higher education contexts, in communities, as well as within our own lives as teachers, leaders, and learners? These chapters represent perspectives from curriculum workers/teachers/scholars/activists across theoretical landscapes and spanning a diversity of positionalities within critical intersections of power and privilege as they relate to identity, culture, and curriculum as well as to social justice, schools, and society.

Collective Unravelings of the Hegemonic Web

EDITORS: Becky L. Noël Smith, Katherine Becker, Libbi R. Miller, Natasha S. Reid, and Michele D. Sorensen

CITATION Noël Smith, B. L., Becker, K. L., Miller, L. R., Reid, N. S., Sorenson, M. D. (Eds.) (2014). Collective Unravelings of the Hegemonic Web. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

SUBJECTS Teaching, Learning, & Narrative as Resistance to Hegemony; Pedagogy; Arts-Based Educational Research; Aesthetics; Curriculum Studies; Critical Theory; Curriculum Theory

About The Book

Collective Unravelings of the Hegemonic Web represents the culmination of work that emerged from 2013 Curriculum & Pedagogy annual conference. The notion of the hegemonic web is the defining theme of the volume. In this collection, authors struggle to unravel and take apart pieces of the complex web that are so deeply embedded into normative ways of thinking, being and making meaning. They also grapple with understanding the role that hegemony plays and the influence that it has on identity, curriculum, teaching and learning. Finally, scholars included in this volume describe their efforts to engage and undergo counter-hegemonic movements by sharing their stories and struggles.

Liminal Spaces and Call for Praxis(ing)

EDITORS Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, David L. Humpal, Leilya Pitre, and Jolanta Smolen Santana

CITATION Espinosa-Dulanto, M., Humpal, D. L., Pitre, L., Smolen Santana, J. (Eds.) (2013). Liminal Spaces and Call for Praxis(ing). Charlottesville, NC: Information Age Publishing.

SUBJECTS Curriculum Studies, Critical Theory, Curriculum Theory, Pedagogy, Social Justice, Theory & Practice.

About The Book

Liminal Spaces and Call for Praxis(ing) follows the theme of the Curriculum & Pedagogy conference that highlighted issues of power, privilege, and supremacy across timelines and borders. This volume comprises of an interconnected mosaic of theoretical research and praxis. Facing the current and future challenges of corporatization of education, it becomes imperative to identify and deconstruct elements that provide a more responsive and fertile ground for research and praxis based mosaic of pedagogy. This volume includes works of those scholars who identified or worked with communities of color and/or who drew on the activist and intellectual traditions of peoples of color, third world feminism, indigenous liberation/sovereignty, civil rights, and anticolonial movements.

Excursions and Recursions Through Power, Privilege, and Praxis

EDITORS Brandon Sams, Jennifer Job, and James C. Jupp

CITATION Sams, B., Job, J., & Jupp, J. C. (Eds.). (2012). Excursions and recursions through power, privilege, and praxis. Charlottesville, NC: Information Age Publishing.

SUBJECTS Critical Theory, Curriculum Studies, Curriculum Theory, Insider/Outsider Dynamics, Multiculturalism, Narrative Inquiry, Pedagogy, Social Justice, Theory & Practice

About The Book

Excursion and Recursions Through Power, Privilege, and Praxis gathers creative scholarship and conference reflections dwelling with/in the difficult and promising spaces of getting lost in curriculum theory. The book gravitates toward two intertwining themes, both of which provide contemporary echoes of the re-conceptualist method, currere: excursions (getting lost, running out) and recursions (returning home, running again).

The authors, invited to write from a place of being lost or wandering, express themselves through risk, anxiety, and tension manifested by the themes in the curriculum field and in sites of the curriculum. They offer readers an opportunity to challenge “entrenched” beliefs about education, social justice, and what it means to theorize about and/or practice curriculum and pedagogy.

Surveying Borders, Boundaries, and Contested Spaces in Curriculum and Pedagogy

EDITORS Cole Reilly, Victoria Russell, Laurel K. Chehayl, & Morna M. McDermott

CITATION Reilly, C., Russell, V. Chehayl, L. K., & McDemott , M. (Eds.). (2011). Surveying borders, boundaries, and contested spaces in curriculum and pedagogy. Charlottesville, NC: Information Age Publishing.

SUBJECTS Critical Theory, Curriculum Studies, Curriculum Theory, Dichotomous Tensions, Insider/Outsider Dynamics, Multiculturalism, Narrative Inquiry, Pedagogy, Social Justice, Theory & Practice

About The Book

Born of the energies, enthusiasm, insight, and evolving work featured at the 11th Annual Curriculum & Pedagogy (C&P) Conference in Akron, Surveying Borders, Boundaries, and Contested Spaces in Curriculum and Pedagogy serves to foreground some of the more marginalized narratives within the interwoven spaces of curriculum and pedagogy. In that very spirit, the book shines a light upon scholarship that acknowledges, troubles, and/or expands the work being done around existing borderlands of curriculum and pedagogy—blurring the dichotomous architectures of public and private, theory and practice, cultural capital and the absence thereof, etc.

Whether dividing lines were being illustrated, celebrated, or blurred, disrupted or deconstructed, transcended, troubled, or something else entirely, the result is a powerful collection of strong work(s) shedding light upon systemic boundaries, borderlands, and frameworks for understanding that often go misunderstood. Indirectly related pieces are brought into conversation with one another thematically, throughout four emergent themes: 1) theory + practice, 2) inside(r) + outside)r(, 3) silence + noise, and 4) capital + deficit—each relating to a different archetypal binary or conceptual blockade that those pieces blended, blurred, blared, and/or blighted. The serendipitous fitting of the four thematic sections offer prominent parallels to some of the noteworthy tensions observed in the C&P Group (as well as throughout the fields of curriculum and pedagogy as a whole).

Contributors include Marie Battiste, Christian Belden, Blanca Caldas Chumbes, Melissa Castañeda, Antonino Giambrone, David L. Humpal, Erin M. Humphries, Jaime Lopez, Melina Martinez, Myosha McAfee, Michael T. Ndemanu, Elva Reza-López, Amy Shema, and Nicole V. Williams.

Engaging the Possibilities & Complexities of Hope: Utterances of Curriculum and Pedagogy’s Past, Present, and Future

EDITORS Julie Garlen Maudlin, Becky Stodghill, & Ming Fang He

CITATION Maudlin, J., Stodghill, B., & He, Ming Fang. (Eds). (2010). Engaging the possibilities & complexities of hope: Utterances of curriculum and pedagogy’s past, present, and future. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press Inc.

SUBJECTS Hope, Theory, Practice, Pedagogy, Possibility, History, Genealogy, Teaching, Performance, Aesthetic Education, Critical Literacy, Poststructuralism

About The Book

Engaging the Possibilities and Complexities of Hope: Utterances of Curriculum and Pedagogy’s Past, Present, and Future features papers and narrative utterances that emerged from the 10th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference held in Decatur, Georgia, October 7th-10th, 2009. This volume assembles invigorating senior and emergent curriculum workers/scholars/activists to reflect on the past, improvise the present, and imagine the future of the inquiry landscape the Curriculum & Pedagogy Group has created in the past decade. This volume advances the field of curriculum and pedagogy by illuminating historical trajectories, honoring its practical, contextual, and theoretical diversities, contradictions, and complexities, and projecting curricular and pedagogical possibilities. It calls for curriculum workers, activists, and public intellectuals to transgress cultural, socio-political, linguistic, national, geographical, and disciplinary boundaries (He & Phillion, 2009) to transform theory and practice.

Complicated Conversations & Confirmed Commitments: Revitalizing Education for Democracy

EDITORS Jake Burdick, Jennifer A. Sandlin, & Toby Daspit.

CITATION Burdick, J.. Sandlin, J. A., & Daspit, T. (Eds). (2009). Complicated conversations and confirmed commitments: Revitalising education for democracy. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press Inc.

SUBJECTS Aesthetics, Narrative Inquiry, Arts-Based Educational Research, Curriculum Theory, & Curriculum Leadership

About The Book

Arranged as a post-structural catechism, Complicated Conversations and Confirmed Commitments: Revitalizing Education for Democracy engages readers in dialogue around curricular and pedagogical problems via a series of posed queries and responses in the form of writing and imagery from emerging and experienced educational practitioners, artists, and curriculum scholars. Rather than seeking fixed truths, however, the authors in this collection instead offer problematic, poetic, and consciously irresolute responses to contemporary educational issues, responses that respect the need for a fluid conceptualization and enactment of democracy in pluralistic, complex cultural spaces. Collectively, these authors describe the im/possibilities inherent in attempting to reconceptualize curriculum and pedagogy towards more just and humane ends.

Democratizing Educational Experience: Envisioning, Embodying, Enacting

EDITORS Alexandra Fidyk, Jason Wallin, & Kent den Heyer

CITATION Fidyk, A., Wallin, J., & den Heyer, K (Eds). (2008). Democratizing educational experience: Envisioning, embodying, enacting. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press Inc.

SUBJECTS Arts-Based Research, Social psychoanalysis, Critical Theory, Hermeneutics, & Phenomenology

About The Book

Democratizing Educational Experience: Envisioning, Embodying, Enacting assembles the work of both emergent and key curriculum scholars (Madeleine Grumet, David Jardine), educational theorists (Doug Aoki, Peter Taubman), and visual artists in an effort to inquire into the specific contestations, presumptions, and issues surrounding both the present and future of democratic education. The diversity of scholarly works and artistic contributions that appear in this timely collection demonstrate that the task of educating for a democratic society continues to be complicated and unsettled. It is in this vein that Democratizing Educational Experience intensifies many of the key challenges facing pedagogy today, opening new lines of questioning and opportunities for inquiry.

Less a collection of stand-alone essays and artworks than a pluralist dialogue on democracy, the format of Democratizing Educational Experience is unique in its organization. Specifically, the visual art that appears in the collection is not simply aesthetic, but rather, conceived as a non-textual response to the collected essays. Democratizing Educational Experience hence begins to build bridges with other disciplinary modes of expression as a means to engage with a diversity of conceptual and imaginary resources for thinking about democracy today.

The Articulation of Curriculum and Pedagogy for a Just Society: Advocacy, Artistry, and Activism

EDITORS Sheri Leafgren, Brian D. Schultz, Michael O. O’Malley, Larry “Ayubu Mahdi” Johnson, Jeanne Brady, & Audrey Dentith

CITATION Leafgren, S., Schultz, B. D., O’Malley, M. P., Johnson, L., Brady, J., & Dentith, A. (Eds.). (2007). The articulation of curriculum and pedagogy for a just society: Advocacy, artistry, and activism. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press Inc.

SUBJECTS Cultural Studies, Curriculum Studies, Curriculum Theory, Justice-Oriented Education, Pedagogy, Social Justice

About The Book

This insightful edited collection draws attention to multiple, different, and worthwhile ways in which the articulation of curriculum and pedagogy can promote a just society. Each chapter in the volume provides ways of thinking about the urgency at hand by providing sites, situations, and possibilities for disrupting colonizing scripts. Through their writing, the scholars, teachers, artists, and activists invoke diverse ways of thinking about, challenging, reflecting, and doing the curriculum work associated with justice through artistry, advocacy, and activism. These powerful essays serve as models, challenges, provocations, furthering conversations that embrace the urgencia of the present historical, political moment, and which support a new awakening. (Contributors include: Phyllis Burstein, Elizabeth S. Foster, Debra Freedman, Barbara Graham, Mei Wu Hoyt, M. Francyne Huckaby, Barbara Hollingshead, Lucy E. Larrison Sheri Leafgren, Jennifer Milam, Michael P. O’Malley, Maya A. Roth, Jennifer Sandlin, William H. Schubert, Brian D. Schultz, Stephanie Springgay, Peter Taubman, and Tommy Trantino).

Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization

EDITORS Lesley Coia, Nancy J. Brooks, Susan Jean Mayer, Patrick Pritchard, Elizabeth Heilman, Megan L. Birch & Andre Mountain

CITATION Coia, L., Brooks, N. J., Mayer, S. J., Pritchard, P., Heilman, E., Birch, M. L., Mountain, A. (Eds.). (2003). Democratic responses in an era of sandardization. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press.

SUBJECTS Collaborative writing, Arts-based inquiry, public pedagogy, standardization, critical theorizing.

About The Book

Here are the papers from the 4th conference on Curriculum and Pedagogy. The papers from this volume and the preceding conferences contribute to the curriculum field in an important way. Curriculum and teaching are treated as an integral whole . . . and (it) advances a personally challenging and professionally demanding standard that encompasses a wide range of topics. The articles in these volumes present pieces reflective of the on-going focuses: writing collaboratively, inquiring through the arts and expressing innovative means of initiating social action on matters of grave educational and cultural concern. In addition, it continues to further the belief that it is imperative that educators deepen their critical insights into the historical, political, personal, aesthetic, spiritual, and institutional subtexts and contexts of curriculum that impact daily educational practices.


We seek to create a space in which to advance the ideals of progressive curriculum and democratic leadership in education through dialogue and action.