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Currere

  • By: William F. Pinar
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The infinitive form of the noun currere emphasizes curriculum as a complicated conversation among teachers and students focused on texts and the concepts they communicate in specific places at particular historical moments. Before currere, curriculum was defined exclusively in institutional terms. As currere, the point of the school curriculum is not necessarily to train public school students to become specialists in the academic disciplines or to produce accomplished test takers or to produce efficient and docile employees for business. As currere, the point of the school curriculum is to inculcate—through the communication and criticism of academic knowledge—a civic commitment that extends to the sustainability of the planet. As currere, the point of the school curriculum is to teach students to think and act with ...

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