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Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum

Communities of Color and Official Knowledge in Education

Wayne Au Anthony L. Brown Dolores Calderón James A. Banks Michael Dumas

192 pages
Teachers College Press

Within curriculum studies, a “master narrative” has developed into a canon that is predominantly White, male, and associated with institutions of higher education. This canon has systematically neglected communities of color, all of which were engaged in their own critical conversations about the type of education that would best benefit their children. Building upon earlier work that reviewed curriculum texts, this book serves as a much-needed correction to the glaring gaps in U.S. curriculum history. Chapters focus on the curriculum discourses of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos during what has been construed as the “founding” period of curriculum studies, reclaiming their historical legacy and recovering the multicultural history of educational foundations in the United States.

Book Features:

  • Challenges the historical foundations of curriculum studies in the United States during the turn of and early decades of the 20th century.
  • Illuminates the curriculum conversations, struggles, and contentions of communities of color.
  • Highlights curriculum historically as a site at the intersection of colonization, White supremacy, and Americanization in the United States.
  • Brings marginalized voices from the community into the conversation around curriculum, typically dominated by university voices.
Author Bio

Wayne Au is an associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell and an editor for Rethinking Schools. Anthony L. Brown is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in social studies education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dolores Calderón is an associate professor of youth, society, and justice at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University.