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Space, Curriculum, and Learning : International Perspectives on Curriculum - Richard Edwards

Space, Curriculum, and Learning

International Perspectives on Curriculum

By: Richard Edwards (Editor), Robin Usher (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9781593110932
Number Of Pages: 232

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In recent years there has been increasing interest in issues of space and spatiality in the social sciences and humanities generally, if less so in the study of education. This relative lack of interest is surprising given the importance of space and time in the organization of teaching, learning and research. For instance, the timetable and project timeline are central to the organization of learning and knowledge production whether in schools, colleges or universities. Classrooms, workshops and laboratories have different spatial layouts, which support certain forms of interaction and communication. When we add to this, the increasing distances across which knowledge, understanding and competence are being distributed through the use of information and communications technologies, the fact that issues of space have not been taken up seems more than an oversight. This relative lack of interest in space becomes even more surprising when one considers the extensive use of spatial metaphors in the discussion of education and pedagogy. For instance, the notions of open, distance and distributed learning and student-centredness, border crossing, and communities of practice all have a spatial dimension to them. Notions of a spiral curriculum act as a spatial imaginary. Indeed some metaphors, such as flexibility seem to be suggestive of the possibility that all constraints of space and time can be conquered in the provision of learning opportunities throughout life. This collection of chapters from researchers around the world attempts to address these issues, to examine the significance of space for curriculum, learning and identity.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Putting Space Back on the Map of Learningp. 1
Remembering Apartheid: Political Discourse in School Spacep. 13
Territoriality, Inter-disciplinarity and School Spacep. 29
Spatiality and Teacher Workplace Cultures: The Department as Nexusp. 45
Learning, Participation and Identification Through School Grounds Developmentp. 61
The Hidden Geometry of Curriculump. 79
Undergraduate Curricula as Networks and Trajectoriesp. 93
Journeys Out of Place: Nursing Students and Spatialityp. 109
A Geography of Power, Identity, and Difference in Adult Education Curriculum Practicep. 123
Picturing Places in the Assemblage of Flexibility in Further Educationp. 139
Diminishing Spaces for Learning: The Supervision of Research Degree Students in Australian Universitiesp. 157
Virtual Research Practices and Phenomenologies of the Internetp. 173
Geographies of Resistance in Critical Pedagogic Practicesp. 189
Abstracted Space: The World, The Net and The Contemporary Universityp. 201
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ISBN: 9781593110932
ISBN-10: 1593110936
Series: International Perspectives on Curriculum
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51