November 18, 2011
In his latest book, Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing, Wayne Au offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students' understanding of the world around them.Wayne Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with practical examples of teaching for social justice to argue for a transformative curriculum that challenges existing inequity in social, educational, and economic relations. Making use of the work of important scholars such as Freire, Vygotsky, Hartsock, Harding, and others, Critical Curriculum Studies, argues that we must understand the relationship between the curriculum and the types of consciousness we carry out into the world.
Wayne Au is an assistant professor at University of Washington, Bothell, and is an editor for the social justice education magazine, Rethinking Schools. His academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for social justice. More specifically his research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education.