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What is Curriculum Studies?

In articulating the field of curriculum studies, it is important to acknowledge the broadest views of curriculum, including content and organization of school, the social context in which school is situated, as well as the process of education both in and out of school. Curriculum studies is understood as both a disciplinary and an interdisciplinary field of study with its own distinctive history, conceptions, and modes of inquiry, always open to new scholarship. Curriculum theorizing, curriculum development and assessment, pedagogy, curriculum inquiry, curriculum history, leadership and advocacy, critical media literacy, teacher research, intercultural and international dialogue, the aesthetic experience and education, politics of curriculum, and nonviolence education are all part of the scholarship of curriculum studies in the program. Particular attention is also devoted to those absent from typical curriculum decision making; curriculum studies is concerned with issues of equity, access, and voice.