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Border Crossing

  • By: Thomas E. Kelly
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Border crossing is a central concept in the field of curriculum studies. It reflects a profoundly democratic vision of curriculum and locates a set of challenges in realizing this vision. This entry communicates this vision and the associated challenges that educators must address. The entry also provides a set of promising conceptual and pedagogic practices that can help educators confront the portrayed challenges.

In common language, a border can possess positive qualities such as providing helpful conceptual boundaries and asserting the parameters of legal sovereignty. In addition, from a conventional perspective, many borders appear to be ethically neutral, natural in their origin or fixed in their essence, such as one's sex, race, ethnicity, language, or intelligence. By contrast, the primary use of the term border within ...

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