NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ804114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Am I the Public I Think I Am?: Understanding the Public Curriculum of Museums as "Complicated Conversation"
Roberts, Patrick
Journal of Museum Education, v31 n2 p105-112 Sum 2006
Focused on the role of curriculum theory in museum education, this essay considers William Pinar's suggestion that curriculum be understood as a "complicated conversation." An examination of "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War," an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, offers an example of how museums might be viewed as authentic sites of "subjective and social reconstruction." The author draws on Elizabeth Ellsworth's concept of "pedagogical address" as well as work in the field of rhetoric in order to explore the performative aspects of "The Price of Freedom" as a public curriculum. (Contains 29 notes.)
Left Coast Press, Inc. 1630 North Main Street #400, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Tel: 925-935-3380; Fax: 925-935-3380; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A