Curriculum Studies

Curriculum studies is probably one area of educational research which deals most explicitly with discourse, and with the whole range of associated issues of knowledge, power, subjectivation, hegemonic projects, critical whiteness, etc. Here a selective selection of sites, which is admittedly quite North American heavy:

American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) (association, journal, annual conference)

… is established to support a “worldwide” – but not “uniform” – field of curriculum studies. Our hope, in establishing this organization, is to provide organizational support for a rigorous and scholarly conversation within and across national and regional borders regarding the content, context, and process of education, the organizational and intellectual center of which is the curriculum.

Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) (conference, SIGs)

… supports inquiries into and discussions of curricula that are of interest to Canadian educators. In context of CACS, the term “curriculum” is defined broadly as any complex structure, or set of structures, that supports learning and teaching.

JCTonline (home of Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice; Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT); related to Foundation for Curriculum Theory)

JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is an interdisciplinary journal of curriculum studies. It offers an academic forum for scholarly discussions of curriculum. Historically aligned with the “reconceptualist” movement in curriculum theorizing, and oriented toward informing and affecting classroom practice, JCT presents compelling pieces within forms that challenge disciplinary, genre, and textual boundaries.

The journal is associated with the “Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice,” held in the autumn of each year.

Curriculum and Pedagogy group (conference, journal, edited books)

… is a gathering of diverse individuals seeking academic enrichment, social action, and professional engagement; Our conference is an annual space where work can be shared, valued, and disseminated to a diverse audience committed to educational reform and social change. The conference creates democratic spaces to advance public moral leadership in education through dialogue and action. It is characterized by its commitment to classroom teachers, school administrators and curriculum workers and in providing a venue for under-represented groups.

The newly inaugurated Laboratory for Educational Theory in Stirling seems to be re-invigorating curriculum thinking in the UK. It held an international seminar called “Whatever Happened to Curriculum Theory…?” in collaboration with the journal Pedagogy, Culture and Society in January 2010.

Journal of Curriculum Studies

…publishes original refereed contributions on all aspects of curriculum studies (including those derived from historical, philosophical, comparative and policy-related investigations), pedagogic theory, teacher education and development, assessment and evaluation, and the present state of schooling. In keeping with its international character, Journal of Curriculum Studies especially welcomes articles which extend the perspectives of curriculum beyond national boundaries.

Curriculum Inquiry

…is dedicated to the study of educational research, development, evaluation, and theory. This leading international journal brings together influential academics and researchers from a variety of disciplines around the world to provide expert commentary and lively debate. Articles explore important ideas, issues, trends, and problems in education, and each issue also includes provocative and critically analytical editorials covering topics such as curriculum development, educational policy, and teacher education.

And with a somewhat different approach to curriculum, focussing more on effective leadership in education, and less of discursive issues, the following two associations:

Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc (ACSA) (leadership, eNewsletter, publications)

…was established in 1983 as a broadly based educational association supporting the professional interests of educators in curriculum work from all levels and sectors within and beyond Australia.

ACSA works to support educators so that all students have access to a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum. ACSA provides national advocacy and leadership in curriculum. It is committed to curriculum reform informed by the principles of social justice and equity and respect for the democratic rights of all.

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) (leadership, blog, effectiveness, publications)

… is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 160,000 members in 148 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.


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