The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

A Brief History of the First 10 Years of the Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative

Daniel Chapman, Julie C. Garlen


To mark the inaugural issue of the Curriculum Studies Collaborative Journal, it is important to acknowledge the history of its origins,as an outgrowth of The Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative (CSSC). The CSSC, which has grown into a successful international Collaborative, was our brainchild when we were just beginning our careers at Georgia Southern University. For years, Julie, an alumna ofthe Curriculum Studies program at Georgia Southern, had heard her mentors talk about the need for a conference that would both highlight Georgia Southern’s important contributions to the field of curriculum theory and provide opportunities for doctoral students, most of whom were practitioners, to gain more exposure to a diverse range of international curriculum scholars. Daniel, a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, recognized the unique, practitioner-oriented nature of the doctoral program at Georgia Southern and saw an opportunity to bring the more traditional conference experience most Ph.D. candidates have directly to his students. Together, Julie, a faculty member in the then-named Department of Teaching and Learning, and Daniel, a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading, decided to organize a conference that emphasized collaboration – between the two departments; between the conference organizers; and between senior, junior and emerging scholars, as well as practitioners.

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