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Prayerful Act, Curriculum Theory as a

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

Curriculum theory as a prayerful act is a postmodern approach to curriculum studies as theology where spirit is the life force within us. Prayerful in this sense is evoking the spirit to contribute to our empowerment, to our going beyond the strictly scientific process searching for evidence in the normal sensual domain. Curriculum theory in postmodern times gives a proper recognition of the spirit in curriculum studies.

In 1956, Sputnik brought caustic criticism of schools, prompting scholars to study and to develop appropriate practices and concepts to answer the critics. This led to a 50-year journey of teaching, researching, reflecting, serving, theorizing, and even praying/hoping for firm answers. At first, scholars found only glimpses and tentative ways to conceptualize curriculum theory as a prayerful act. Now ...

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