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ERIC Number: EJ799441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Curriculum and the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Inheritance
Hansen, David T.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v40 n3 p289-312 Jun 2008
The ancient idea of cosmopolitanism is a topic of renewed interest today. Scholars and practitioners in many fields are examining what it means to conceive all human beings as linked by their membership in a shared cosmos. Some people focus on political cosmopolitanism, others on moral, cultural, or economic cosmopolitanism. This paper examines educational cosmopolitanism by elucidating the idea of curriculum as a cosmopolitan inheritance. It argues that curriculum can generate a cosmopolitan sensibility, by which one means an outlook that regards life experience as universally educational. It suggests that a cosmopolitan sensibility can assist people in working through some of the tensions that accompany global and local change in our time. It can position them to reconstruct creatively cultural and individual values rather than abandon them in the face of the ceaseless pressure of globalization. A cosmopolitan sensibility edifies human beings by helping them perceive why all persons, in principle, can be creative guardians and practitioners of creativity itself. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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