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Curriculum Visions

reviewed by John Ambrosio - 2004

coverTitle: Curriculum Visions
Author(s): William E. Doll, Jr. & Noel Gough (Editors)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820449997, Pages: 303, Year: 2002
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Cuiculum Visions, edited by William Doll and Noel Gough, offers a fascinating journey through an eclectic array of curriculum landscapes.  The text is organized as a dialogue among the editors, who sent draft copies of their introductory chapters to contributors and introduce each chapter, the authors, who refer to each other’s essays, and respondents, who have the frequently challenging task of translating narrative and theoretical arguments into teaching principles and practices.  The dialogic structure of the book produces a lively and theoretically rich conversation about how to address the “limitations, distortions, defects, and dangers” of contemporary curriculum theory and practice (p. 16).   Gough’s introductory chapter calls for the embodiment of curricular visions, of accepting responsibility as engaged actors for the “frames and standpoints we select,” and suggests that science fiction can be generative of curriculum futures that locate meanings in the present.  Doll’s introduction is primarily concerned with identifying and displacing the “spectral immanence” of control that dominates the history of curriculum, consigning the ghost of John Dewey to “hover... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 895-898
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11218, Date Accessed: 9/19/2021 1:35:09 PM

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  • John Ambrosio
    University of Washington
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    JOHN AMBROSIO is a Ph.D. candidate in the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include multicultural education, curriculum theory, and school reform. His most recent publication is "Multicultural education in schools" in Guthrie, J. W. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of education.
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