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Mary M. Lloyd
B EDUC 557
Bothell Campus

Curriculum Studies

Introduces the field of curriculum studies including curriculum theory and interdisciplinary study of the educational experience. Explores dominant ideas and alternative practices. Focuses on how curriculum and schools are manifestations of culture and how historical and contemporary premises about curriculum influence the culture of classrooms and schools. Offered: A.

Class description

This course introduces students to the field of curriculum studies. We will use curriculum theory – i.e., the interdisciplinary study of educational experience – as a lens for analyzing major curricular orientations in contemporary classrooms. We will explore dominant ideas and practices as well as those that represent alternative orientations and aims. Because curriculum and schools are manifestations of culture, we will also explore norms and belief systems that influence the culture of classrooms and schools.

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Class assignments and grading

In-class activities and assignments (20%) These will be completed during class time and explained as we go.

Dialogic Journal (20%) The dialogic journal is intended to help you better understand the major ideas from the assigned readings and how they will apply to your practice as a future classroom teacher. After critically studying the assigned reading(s): 1. Indentify a major idea or concept from the assigned reading and write a substantive paragraph interpreting and/or describing it in your own words. 2. Select and include a quotation that articulates your major idea or concept. 3. Write another paragraph where you discuss how that major idea or concept might impact your professional practice as an educator. Use APA for citations. Each week, you will post on Canvas a copy of your journal entry (by Monday night – 10 pm) as well as bring a written copy to class. The on-going dialogic journal will assist you with the final portrait assignment. The contents of your journal will be kept strictly confidential.

Photographic Essay (20%) The photographic essay assignment is designed to help you identify and visualize the context of a school and a classroom environment. Through photographs, you will examine school culture and identity in order to ascertain clues (i.e., visual rhetoric) about what is displayed, how the learning environment is structured, and ultimately, what the school values. A full assignment description will be provided.

Interview of a Curriculum Worker (20%) The purpose of the interview is for you to investigate the construct of teacher as curriculum worker. Employing a qualitative research method, in a meaningful and systemic way, you will start to identify some of the values, beliefs, and assumptions that influence teachers’ instructional choices. A full assignment description will be provided. Contextualizing and Populating Curriculum Cultures: Portrait Paper (20%) The portrait paper (approximately 8-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, and 11 or 12 point font) provides a means for you to synthesize your learning for this course and to allow me to have access to your current thoughts about aspects of curriculum studies and classroom practice. All citations and references should use current APA style http://www.apastyle.org.

After your initial reading of selected chapters of Cultures of Curriculum (yes, I expect you to read them more than once), chose three cultures for your paper: 1.) the primary culture you feel is most aligned with your thinking, 2.) a secondary culture you feel also aligns with your thinking, and 3.) the culture that goes against your grain, the one you struggle with or despise most.

Using content from the chapters you have selected, compose a paper that introduces the concept of culture and how it relates to curriculum studies and classroom practice based on your interpretation of the text. Incorporate examples from in-class discussions, your dialogic journals, as well as the two research assignments, and discuss how this knowledge will impact your future practice in the classroom.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary M. Lloyd
Date: 10/01/2013