Curriculum and collective consciousness : speculations on individualism, community and cosmos

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Richard C. Pipan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: This study joins the work of a number of contemporary curriculum theorists who are attempting to foster a "language of possibility" for education. The impetus for this study is derived from, and the first chapter addresses, the paradoxical modernist situation where both increasing technological innovation and individualist approaches to development and competence have resulted in a world poised on the brink of catastrophic nuclear war and social disintegration, alienation. This study, then, examines the emergence of modernist, technical rationality; social, political and philosophical frameworks which situate this present historical moment in incommensurable paradigms; and the curricular implications of modernist culture. Curriculum theory, as it is approached in this study, is portrayed as an interpretative science - a critical and expressive endeavor which attempts to promote human understanding and meaningful action in both practical and liberative intents. The second chapter draws upon the recent re-emergence of philosophical hermeneutics as not only a research methodology, but as a sophisticated and systematic interpretation of the normative dimensions of human interests and knowledge.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Curriculum planning
Education $x Curricula

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