This book has won the "O.L. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award" 2015 from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC)
Curriculum as Spaces: Aesthetics, Community, and the Politics of Place can be viewed as a holistic approach to education, conservation, and community development that uses place as an integrating context for learning. It argues that curriculum and place is a much deeper subject, with roots in aesthetics, community, and politics that go beyond the individual and profoundly address the formation of our current belief system.
Despite the unique efforts described in this book to address the curriculum of space, major issues persist in our educational system. First, the rigor of curriculum studies is not usually applied to this complex field that encompasses philosophy, aesthetics, geography, social theory, and history. Second, the conflict caused by studying the place without contextualizing it within the larger social milieu ignores the nuances of our intimately global social network. Third, current responses ignore the uncritical assessment of underrepresented groups within the theoretical landscape. With these problems in mind, Curriculum as Spaces introduces foundational principles that ask us to imagine the full realization of curriculum spaces and show us how to examine the philosophical and cultural roots of these most essential principles.
David M. Callejo Perez is Associate Provost at Saginaw Valley State University. He has authored books and published over 75 papers on civil rights, identity, urban and rural education, Latino/a(s), higher education, policy, and evaluation. Donna Adair Breault is Professor and Department Head in Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State University. She has authored books and articles focusing on Dewey's theory of inquiry, curriculum, educational leadership, and organizational dynamics within higher education. William L. White is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the State University of New York-Buffalo. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Social and Psychological Foundations of Education as well as the College's Director of Faculty Development.
Contents: The Transactional Spaces of Curriculum: Rethinking "Community" and Re-Engaging Educators - The Aesthetic Moment in Education - Disrupting our Imagined Communities: The Role of Ritual in Promoting Cosmopolitan Curriculum Communities - Re-Assessing and Re-Capturing Space Through Radical Curriculum - Urban Spaces - Curriculum as Transactional Aesthetic.