The Path Less Taken

Immanent Critique in Curriculum and Pedagogy


James G. Henderson

168 pp.  
6" x 9"

Educator's International Press

Paperback


Your Discounted Price: $19.95
Publish date: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1-891928-38-3



G.W.F. Hegel’s concept of immanent critique, as filtered through John Dewey’s notion of experience, serves as the touchstone for this argument. Maxine Greene’s educational philosophy serves as a key inspirational referent. Since immanent critique is underdeveloped in education, it is the path less taken. A particular approach to the practice of immanent critique in education is illustrated through a set of essays that address the Curriculum and Pedagogy Group’s mission statement and through concluding professional development and teacher leadership narratives. A simulated town hall meeting provides further insights into this critical approach and hints at other ways immanent critique might be practiced in education.

This collection offers a fresh examination of the epistemological foundations of curriculum studies through the lens of the ten-year history of the Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference and Publications.




Reviews & Endorsements:

“It is one thing to call for complicated conversations—as many of us in curriculum studies have done in recent years—and it is quite another to facilitate these conversations. Jim Henderson has done just that. The Path Less Taken covers deep understanding of the curriculum issues facing educators today. Not only does it scaffold deliberate conversations, but the book also models this kind of complicated conversation on an international scale. For educators who seek deep understanding of curriculum, this book is a “must read.”
- Donna Adair Breault, Department Head, Childhood Education and Family Studies, Missouri State University

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