Text on comparative curricula published
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – A new text comparing educational curricula across the globe has been co-edited by James Kirylo, Southeastern Louisiana University associate professor of education.
“Curriculum Development: Perspectives from Around the World” explores international school curricula as educators attempt to examine the kind of education communities want for their children, how curricula help achieve this, and what kinds of similarities and differences exist across nations’ educational systems.
The book was co-edited with Ann Nauman, former Southeastern professor of education who is currently at St. Joseph Seminary College. Some 49 authors and co-authors from 26 nations on all seven continents contributed to the book, which was published by the Association of Childhood Education. Two Southeastern professors, Elisabetta LeJeune and Agnieszka Gutthy, contributed to the volume.
Kirylo said the countries represented in the book are only a snapshot of curricula from a variety of countries, but their experiences provide an opportunity to link the education community more closely.
“Our goal in this work is to provide an informative resource for educators in general, but to be especially helpful for those with interests in comparative, multicultural and international education,” he said. “This is the kind of book that would be valuable for Peace Corps workers and other related educational agencies.
“As we worked on this book, it became apparent that whatever the country, education and the making of curriculum are naturally rooted in a historical context, in which decisions are filtered through a blending of complex political, religious and cultural influences,” he added. “Yet, despite differences in geography, history and influences, most countries share common education and curricula challenges. Education is a natural tool that can be instrumental in building a global community where tolerance is taught, cultural differences are celebrated and shared, and commonalities are viewed as building blocks to unity.”