EDCP 564 – Texts, Politics, and Ideologies of Curriculum Development

University of British Columbia
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Winter Term 2
(January 7 – April 7, 2016)

EDCP 564
Texts, Politics, and Ideologies of Curriculum Development
Thursday (16:30-19:30)
Room: Scarfe TBA

Instructor: E. Wayne Ross

Course Description
This course will examine content and ideology of school both past and
present, as well as within the Canadian context and beyond. This will include analysis of political and economic influences on curriculum and curriculum development, as well as case studies of conflict, including textbook ‘wars’.

Readings will include:

Apple, M. W. (2004). Ideology and curriculum (3rd Ed.). New York: Routledge.

Au, W. (2011). Critical curriculum studies: Education, consciousness, and the politics of knowing. New York: Routledge.

Freeden, M. (2003). Ideology: A very short introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

History, Theories, and Practices of Alternative Education – EDCP 508 (032), Jan. 2016

University of British Columbia
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Winter Term 2
(January 6 – April 6, 2016)

EDCP 508 (032)
Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy:
History, Theories, and Practices of Alternative Education
Wednesday (16:30-19:30)
Room: Scarfe TBA

Instructor: E. Wayne Ross

Since the 1980s, schools have been subjected to increased standardization, test-based accountability, and corporate management models, trends often labeled as the global education reform movement or GERM. One of the key effects of GERM on curriculum and teaching has been the search for low-risk ways to meet learning goals, undermining alternative and experimental pedagogical approaches and risk-taking in the classroom. This seminar will explore histories, ideologies, and practices of alternative education movements. A key aim of the course is to examine the various cultures of learning, teaching, and curriculum embedded within the diverse landscape of alternative education and the implications for formal and informal education today. Students will have the opportunity to explore alternative education movements such as democratic free schools, un/de-schooling, Socialist Sunday Schools, Modern Schools (Ferrer Schools), etc. An emphasis will be placed on examining pedagogies that give students greater control over the what and how they learn.

Readings will be drawn from the following (along with other sources):

Miller, R. (2002). Free Schools, free people : Education and democracy after the 1960s. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Hern, M. (2008). Everywhere all the time : A new deschooling reader. Oakland, CA: AK Press.

Hern, M. (2003). Field day : Getting society out of school. Vancouver, BC: New Star Books.

Morrison, K. A. (2007). Free school teaching: A journey into radical progressive education. Albany: State University of New York Press.