Schubert, William H., "Journeys of Expansion and Synopsis: Tensions in Books that Shaped Curriculum Inquiry, 1968-Present," Curriculum Inquiry, 40(January, 2010), 17-94.


Lays out the historical background of the published literature of the Curriculum Studies field during the 40-year period during which the journal, Curriculum Inquiry, has been published; the essay not only reviews the contributions of dozens of contributors, but it also highlights and comments on many of their seminal ideas; Schubert covers historical and philosophical literatures--policy, professional, and popular pedagogical literatures-- aesthetic and artistic literatures--practical and narrative literatures--critical literatures--inner and contextual literatures--indigenous and globalization literatures; finally, he discusses the field's prominent heuristic devices and venues and speculates on the future of curriculum inquiry.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Curriculum Theorists, Curriculum Conceptions and Theories

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Historical Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum History, Literature of Curriculum


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