Issues of Language and Culture in Translating ‘Curriculum’: An Analysis of Curriculum Publications

Nikoletta Christodoulou, Stavroula Philippou


This paper examines the development of the Curriculum Studies field in Cyprus from the early 1980’s until today, as depicted within Greek academic writing. Cyprus is a country characterized by conflict and dramatic social changes. We use curriculum and cultural studies lenses, considering the politics of publications and philosophical– epistemological questions, to explore the meanings of “curriculum,” and the directions of the field. We analyzed the content of 543 academic journal articles with qualitative methods. Findings indicate limited publications on curriculum/textbooks and a narrow understanding of curriculum, which limits the perceptions of teachers in a diverse educational context, and their civic responsibility. We discuss issues of translation of curriculum terminology and its recontextualisation in various cultural and sociopolitical contexts.

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