Non-Affirmative Curriculum Theory in a Cosmopolitan Era?

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National curriculum making and curriculum theory are challenged by globally growing political, economic and technological interdependencies, transnational homogenization and aggregation processes. In addition increasing pluralisms within nation states present new topics to be solved. These issues are not new from aneducation theory perspective. A task and contribution in modern education has been a concept explaining how e.g. socialization (social cohesion) and personalization (individuation) may be considered as integrated rather than excluding processes. The modern, or classic, approach early identified dilemmas connected to a reproduction and transformation oriented curricula, as well as dilemmas emanating from descriptive-technological and normative theory. This article elaborates on relational core concepts developed in nineteenth century modern education theory (Fichte, Hegel, Schleiermacher, Herbart, Snellman). Utilizing concepts from modern education theory a non-affirmative position is argued for as an answer to parts of contemporary challenges.
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Pages (from-to)121–132
JournalRevista Tempos e Espaços em Educação (Time and Space in Education)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Educational Philosophy

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