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ERIC Number: ED422358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
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Echoes and Departures: Foshay's Curriculum Matrix and Trends in the Field of Curriculum Theory.
Goldstein, Lisa S.
The Curriculum Matrix developed by A. W. Foshay (1991) is a broad, comprehensive conception of curriculum, incorporating a range of perspectives and meanings often overlooked. This paper situates Foshay's matrix in the field of curriculum studies. By focusing on Foshay's interpretation of five curricular purposes (aesthetic, physical, transcendent, emotional, and social), the ways in which his matrix relates to and departs from current trends in curricular theory and theorizing are highlighted. Foshay's conceptualization of each of these areas is discussed in relation to some leading curricular theorists, including M. Foucault and P. Freire. Although Foshay's matrix is fully intended to be general, critical theorists would argue that there is no generic child, no decontextualized school. Gender, race, class, disability, culture, language, sexual orientation, ethnicity, family background, and many other factors intersect in students' educational lives and shape their experiences. Curriculum does not exist in a vacuum. Foshay's matrix may not give enough attention to these issues, but it offers a theoretical model for the study of curriculum. (Contains 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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