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Curriculum as colour and curves: a synthesis of black theory, design and creativity realised as critical curriculum writing

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posted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by Lucinda McKnightLucinda McKnight
This article looks to three inspirational Black women, bell hooks, Stacey McBride-Irby and Patricia Williams, in the pursuit of radical curriculum. While today curriculum is critiqued as racialized, gendered, sexualised and classed, the formats of curriculum documents such as text books, units of work and lesson plans have changed little. These documents are often conceived as linear sequences of steps leading to outcomes, and their voices are distanced and “neutral”. Drawing on a doctoral study of curriculum design in Australia, this article embraces a different approach by opening up a unit of work on girls’ popular culture to hooks’ invocations to teach to transgress, so that curriculum might be experienced as colour and curves, rather than a monochrome route to a pre-determined end point. Through this, along with hooks, I invite teachers to live pedagogy, rather than to deliver it.

History

Journal

Gender and education

Volume

30

Issue

2

Pagination

222 - 238

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0954-0253

eISSN

1360-0516

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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