Triple Takes on Curricular Worlds

By Mary Aswell Doll, Delese Wear, and Martha L. Whitaker

Subjects: Curriculum
Paperback : 9780791467220, 218 pages, June 2007
Hardcover : 9780791467213, 218 pages, July 2006

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Table of contents


1. Boundaries


Introduction (Mary)
Through Thick and Thin: Boundaries in Medicine (Delese)
Boundary Lessness (Mary)
Revisioning Boundaries (Martha)


2. Curriculum


Introduction (Mary)
Doing Curriculum in the Medical Academy (Delese)
Motley Topics: Toward a Harlequin Curriculum (Mary)
Curriculum: Abuse or Possibility? (Martha)


3. Disgrace


Introduction (Martha)
Made of Others’ Words: Language’s Disgrace in Postcolonial African Writing (Mary)
Amazing (Dis)grace (Delese)
Disgrace: A Place to Begin Anew (Martha)


4. Distance


Introduction (Martha)
Shrinking Distance (Delese)
Embracing the Dis Stances (Mary)
Troubling Distance (Martha)


5. Fear


Introduction (Martha)
Heart be Still: Fear of Academic Performance (Delese)
Fear of Second Birth (Mary)
Examining the Face of Fear (Martha)


6. Forgiveness


Introduction (Delese)
Forgiveness: Beginning Again (Martha)
Forgiveness and For Isness (Mary)
“Mistakes Were Made”: Admitting (and Forgiving) Medical Error (Delese)


7. Light


Introduction (Delese)
Nurturing Light (Martha)
Holding Flashlights (Delese)
The Dark of Light (Mary)


8. Motherhood


Introduction (Delese)
Mothering from the Middle (Martha)
Motherhood, Desire, and Transnational Adoption (Delese)
What’s the Matter with Mom? (Mary)


9. Teaching


Introduction (Mary)
Teaching: A Return to Wonder (Martha)
Teaching in the Gap (Mary)
(Mis)Takes on Teaching (Delese)



Three women educators from three different academic disciplines write their “takes” on a range of topics not usually found in curriculum studies.


Triple Takes on Curricular Worlds is a groundbreaking exploration of curriculum studies that offers a new understanding of the "selves" educators bring to work. Three educators from three different disciplines write on issues not usually forefronted in curriculum studies: boundaries, disgrace, distance, fear, forgiveness, light, and mothers. Their gendered voices give new meaning to the idea of curriculum to include that which courses through their lives in the classroom, in the public sphere, and in their nighttime personas. Each writer demonstrates to what extent teaching must interact with living in the twenty-first century.

Writing from the perspectives of medicine, elementary education, and literature, the authors examine what it is like to live and work in a multidisciplined, multilayered world. Their chapters, born out of their life experiences, critique the serious issues of our time—terrorism, technology, power, and privilege—hoping to stimulate readers to think about their own public and private selves.

Mary Aswell Doll is Professor of English at Savannah College of Art and Design and the author of Like Letters in Running Water: A Mythopoetics of Curriculum. Delese Wear is Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and the editor of Women in Medical Education: An Anthology of Experience, also published by SUNY Press. Martha L. Whitaker is Associate Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education at Utah State University.