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Mythopoetics

  • By: Nelson L. Haggerson Jr.
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Mythopoetics is the study of myths and their dysfunctional aspects found in the field of curriculum studies. The researcher-mythopoet reports findings in poetic form. A myth in this context is an answer to an unanswerable question that has become a part of what is accepted as true. One such myth is that spirit is religious and hence unacceptable as part of the curriculum in the public schools because it violates the separation of church and state. When spirit is thought of as the dynamic principle, which is the life-force of all, it is not religious. In fact, it is a critical aspect of curriculum. Hence, to exclude the spirit in curriculum studies is dysfunctional. The methodology for studying myths and their dysfunctional aspects is demythologizing. ...

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