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Life in a tenured (curriculum) position

Tripp, D.H. (1984) Life in a tenured (curriculum) position. Curriculum Perspectives, 4 (2). pp. 59-63.

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Significantly, none of the four authors who wrote on this topic in the previous issue of this journal began by working from a definition of curriculum. How can one possibly begin to discuss curriculum theorizing without at least the attempt to establish what it is one is theorizing about? The omission is significant, not because it is in any way a culpability, but because it indicates a particular stance toward both curriculum and theory, underlying which is the assumption that curriculum theorists not only know precisely what curriculum is but also that they all agree upon it, and that thus it is uncontested and unproblematic. Such a view makes it unnecessary to proceed from notions of what it is that has been theorized, hence the omission, in spite of very good evidence to the contrary (Simpson, 1981 ).

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Curriculum Studies Association
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