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Curriculum Studies, The Nature Of: Essay 1

  • By: D. Jean Clandinin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The word curriculum can refer to a course of study as well as to a course of life. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines curriculum as both course and career—that is, a course of school or university study or a course of life or career as in curriculum vitae. As the field of curriculum has evolved, curriculum has come to be seen, at least in most school and government settings, as focused on the first part of the OED definition—that is, as a course of studies. However, many in the field of curriculum studies want to return to a more complex meaning of curriculum—that is, a view that allows us to direct attention to both a course of study and a course of life. Those ...

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