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Translating the Prescribed into the Enacted Curriculum in College and School

Edwards R (2011) Translating the Prescribed into the Enacted Curriculum in College and School, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43 (Supplement s1), pp. 38-54.

Drawing upon concepts from actor-network theory (ANT), this article explores how the principle of symmetry can provide alternative readings of the translations of the prescribed into the enacted curriculum, without reducing understanding to explanation. The paper explores the contrasting ways in which the prescribed curriculum is translated into the enacted curriculum as certain organisations, individuals and artefacts become enrolled through networks of school and college. It points to the ways in which a position which eschews conventional distinctions e.g. between the human and non-human, and enacts an anti-foundationalist ontology provides the basis for a radical materialist understanding of the multiplicity of educational practices.

Curriculum-making; Prescribed curriculum; Enacted curriculum; Actor-network theory; Token; Translation; Symmetry

AuthorsEdwards Richard
Publication date12/2011
ISSN 0013-1857

Educational Philosophy and Theory: Volume 43, Issue Supplement s1 (DEC 2011)

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