Curriculum in International Contexts
A Complicated Conversation
Keywords:Colonialism, Neoliberalism, Ideological control, Dialogical meditative inquiry, Internationalization of Curriculum Studies
AbstractThe study of the curriculum in diverse geo-cultural, political, and economic settings reveals the insidious impacts of colonial, ideological, and neoliberal influences on contemporary curriculum development internationally. The purpose of this paper is to expand and deepen our understanding of the forces that shape and influence curriculum in the world today and to consider methods we can use to challenge them. The paper invites and initiates a complicated and disruptive conversation around the internationalization of curriculum studies by inviting seven scholars from post-human, Indigenous, black feminist, critical discursive, and foundational perspectives to respond to a new scholarly text, Curriculum in International Contexts: Understanding Colonial, Ideological, and Neoliberal Influences (Kumar, 2019), focused on understanding the forces that shape curriculum in international contexts. This diverse group of curriculum and education scholars share their reflections on this book and then engage with the author of the book by posing critical questions. The outcome is a rich exploration of the ways in which we can deepen our understanding of and collectively respond to the colonial, ideological, and neoliberal influences on curriculum development.
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