Clarifying and Critiquing the Curriculum Studies Field: From Canon Project to Curriculum Leadership Institute

Tue, Mar 25, 2008. Sponsor: Division B-Curriculum Studies, Section 6: Studies in History and Philosophy
  • William Schubert (University of Illinois - Chicago): A Report on the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies’ (AAACS) Curriculum Canon Project
  • James G. Henderson (Kent State University): Interpreting Professional Development for a Curriculum Leadership Institute
  • Kathleen Ruth Kesson (Long Island University - Brooklyn): The Currere Narrative: Deepening Democratic Wisdom As a Professional Development Standard for Educators
  • Donald Blumenfeld-Jones (Arizona State University): Critical Questions for These Two "State of the Field" Projects
  • Patrick Slattery (Texas A&M University) Chair & Discussant


This symposium contains four paper presentations which are critically reviewed by the session’s chair/discussant. The first paper will be a progress report of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies’ (AAACS) “Canon Project.” The second paper, which incorporates the work of the Canon Project, presents the theoretical framework for a professional development text that is a key component in the creation of an on-line Curriculum Leadership Institute. The third paper addresses the narrative research being used to create this professional development text. The fourth paper discusses the first three papers with reference to the current state of the curriculum studies field. Finally, the current President of AAACS will critique all four papers.

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