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ERIC Number: ED410569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Quilting as Currere: Me as Teacher.
Otto, Cheryl
While learning to quilt, and subsequently seeing quilting everywhere, one teacher decided to make a quilt with the theme of herself as a teacher. Quilts are stories told in visual form, and connections exist between curriculum theory and quilting. During a Master's program, the teacher learned about various curriculum theorists and was amazed at the intertextualities that could be made with quilting. Margorsh Maruyama's three categories (1974), the hierarchist, the mutualist, and the individualist curriculum approach, are all found in quilting circles and bees. Another set of connections exists with D.C. Philips (1995), constructivism and relativism. With Paulo Freire's (1986) concept of banking education, seeing knowledge as the gift the teacher deposits with the student, the connecting in quilting is the paycheck for piecework. Creating a teaching quilt has shown that the funnelling process, hermeneutics, or recursiveness of curriculum is in the currere of a life as a teacher. Some of the difficulties encountered in the construction of a quilt were a clear example of what Maruyama meant when he stated that "people use diverse paradigms without realizing it and are often unwilling or unable to apply different kinds of logic to a problem." The quilt grows as the teacher keeps a running log at school, and this journal is a narrative that helps create the quilt. Perhaps the quilt can be used as a place to revisit, rethink, and reinterpret a personal story and practice of teaching. (Contains seven references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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