You are here

The spectre of the literary curriculum

Jim Neyland

The literary curriculum is not the literacy curriculum. The literary curriculum encompasses aspects of the taught curriculum, the assessed curriculum, and the processes of curriculum development and adjustment. The literary curriculum is named as such because it results from the systematic drive to make curriculum space legible, readable, and enumerable in ever-increasing detail. The aim is to display this space as ordered, predictable, and regulable. Unfortunately, the literary curriculum produces the opposite of its aim. It leaves teachers illiterate and disoriented. Instead of order, it produces a manufactured disorder.

Purchase the full text of this article