In the Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistic Academic and Research Cluster we are a group of diverse scholars united by shared values and commitments to teaching, learning, and the persons who are therein involved. Through our research, teaching, and service we aim to produce knowledge that:
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Curriculum studies is an established, but not uniform, discipline that has been identified as the first (and perhaps only) discipline to be birthed from education itself (e.g., Pinar, 2004). Its queries fall into three main “orders”:
Curriculum studies has an innovative nature as it searches for the most apt methods, methodologies, and theories to pursue its novel questions. The discipline may thus draw on the tools of external disciplines (e.g., psychology and sociology) in its inquiries, but it does not allow those disciplines to determine or set the inquiries (Egan, 2003). At the heart of curriculum studies is the mandate to both critique and develop (Petrina, 2004) curricula.
Researchers in the Curriculum Studies cluster at Western draw on scholarship from a host of external disciplines to explore issues related to curriculum and pedagogy. We share an imperative to foster critical literacy and to conduct research that promotes positive identity options for all learners. We aim to foster critical understanding, creativity, and innovation.
Cluster programs concern and members conduct research in a variety of settings including:
Members employ diverse research approaches including design research, documentary film, ethnography and case study, narrative research, participatory action research, interpretive phenomenology, and textual analysis. Similarly, they employ a range of theoretical lenses to guide analysis: complexity theory, cognitive theories, sociocultural theories, language acquisition theories, connectivism and sociomaterial theories such as actor network theory and activity theory.
Cluster members have strength in the following curricular research foci:
Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates issues pertaining to the nature of language and language use, particularly in the field of education. The range of topics includes: