Ethics And International Curriculum Work: The Challenges Of Culture And Context by Terrence C MasonEthics And International Curriculum Work: The Challenges Of Culture And Context by Terrence C Mason

Ethics And International Curriculum Work: The Challenges Of Culture And Context

byTerrence C MasonEditorTerrence C Mason

Paperback | December 31, 2012

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The widely cited, though highly contested, idea that "the world is flat" (Friedman, 2004) carries with it acall for education to provide a leveling effect across continents and cultures Students in Skokie or inSkopje, as the theory goes, are expected to experience a school curriculum that shares certain commonelements, goals, and purposes. Such a globalized view is not, however, without its complications. Thisbook addresses some of the issues that arise when the transmigration of educational ideas occurs, with aparticular eye toward the ethical dilemmas that curriculum workers face in international contexts.The authors who have contributed to this volume explore, through case examples and critical reflection,what happens when ideas that are drawn from one set of cultural norms and experiences is introduced intoother cultural contexts. In many cases these are the stories of "donors" and "hosts," of structuredinequities of power and influence, of disparities in material resources, and, as expressed in one of thecases, the dynamics of the "colonizer" and the "colonized." A recurrent theme concerns the challengesfaced by educators working internationally to reconcile their own ethical predispositions toward equityand cultural responsiveness with certain tacit assumptions about the appropriateness or value of curriculum practices brought from the "developed"world for teachers and students in the "developing" world. How these dilemmas are navigated forms the content of this collection of reports from thefield written by those who engage in this complex and important work.While the content of this volume is situated at the intersection between the field of curriculum studies and comparative education, it is fundamentally abook about curriculum. Most of the authors come from various disciplinary backgrounds with specializations in curriculum development in contentareas such as social studies, geography, or mathematics. As "outsiders looking in" on the field of international education and with thoughtfulreflections grounded in practice, the authors provide a new set of insights into the challenges of international curriculum work. Finally, since many ofthe questions raised by the work included here are ethical in nature, the book begins and ends with analyses that link the practical realities presented inthe cases with contemporary philosophical thought. This, then, can be seen as the primary contribution of the book to the educational literature as itoffers a careful and well-articulated synthesis of theory and practice in the field of international curriculum work. This publication would make animportant contribution to courses in curriculum theory and practice, comparative and international education, and international development outside ofthe field of education.
Title:Ethics And International Curriculum Work: The Challenges Of Culture And ContextFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 31, 2012Publisher:Information Age PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617358444

ISBN - 13:9781617358449

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