Fleener, M. Jayne
Year of Publication: 2002
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2002. 215 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-5540-2 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.320 kg, 0.705 lbs
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Recreating heart is a reinvention of the passion for the love of learning that seems to be missing in our standards-driven curriculum. Based on postmodern logics of relationship, systems, and meaning, (emerging from process philosophies, complex adaptive systems, learning organization theories, and language-games approaches), a dynamic curriculum is conveyed that will allow us to change our way of seeing. This «change of aspect» is necessary for transforming schooling and rejecting the underlying logic of domination inherent in our existing social structures and pervading current debates about schooling. Ultimately, «recreating heart» entails inventing new meaning structures and language games, creating a new way of seeing schooling, and transforming ideas about teaching, learning, society, and the curriculum.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: M. Jayne Fleener is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Oklahoma's College of Education. Her teaching and research have been in the areas of philosophy, computer science, mathematics, mathematics education, and curriculum theory. These experiences permeate her unique perspective of curriculum theory and educational futures.
«'Curriculum Dynamics: Recreating Heart' is an interesting, insightful, and metaphorically rich examination of curriculum work under postmodern conditions. Beginning with a critical analysis of the limits of modernism, M. Jayne Fleener creatively explores new directions for teaching-learning relationships, organizational systems, and educational meaning making. Working with the premise that curriculum is the 'heart' of education, Dr. Fleener inquires into its depth and breadth. She invites us on a journey to imaginatively rethink such central curriculum concepts as 'knowledge,' 'self,' and 'other.' It is a trip worth taking. Her book is a celebration of the underlying wholeness -the 'holiness' - of educational aspirations.» (Jim Henderson, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University)
Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Vol. 200
General Editors: Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg