Connelly, F. Michael, and Shijing Xu, "An Overview of Research in Curriculum Inquiry," pp. 324-334 in Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, and Barry McGaw, eds., International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd ed. (8 volumes) Oxford: Elsevier, 2010.


Summarizes the state of research in Curriculum Inquiry as of the date of publication of the third edition of this encyclopedia; identifies background and issues related to this field of research; discusses two ways of thinking about the structure of the field and of curriculum inquiry--the practice-context-theory organization and that which is organized around subject matter, topics, preoccupations, and curriculum theory; makes note of five ongoing trends that have continued to develop over recent years; and lists five questions deserving future attention in Curriculum Inquiry.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum as a Field of Practice and Study

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Integrative Inquiry

Type of Study

Research Synthesis

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation, Literature, Literature of Curriculum


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