Towards an ecology of participation: Process philosophy and co-creation of higher education curricula

TAYLOR, Carol and BOVILL, Catherine (2017). Towards an ecology of participation: Process philosophy and co-creation of higher education curricula. European Educational Research Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article brings together the authors' previous work on co-created curricula (Bovill et al., 2011; Bovill, 2013a; Bovill, 2014) and on partnership and ethics (Taylor and Robinson, 2014; Taylor, 2015), to develop the concept of co-created curricula as an ecology of participation. In doing so, it deploys Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy to formulate a new way of considering co-creation in the curriculum and co-creation of the curriculum in higher education. Two empirical examples are used to illuminate what such an approach offers. From this, we outline three dimensions of an ecology of participation: a process of becoming which recasts subjectivity; acting well in relation which enacts concern; and an orientation to harmony in which difference in equality is valued. The contribution of the article is twofold: first, the concept of an ecology of participation takes forward current thinking on higher education curricula and partnership ethics; second, its use of process philosophy provides a new lens to consider co-creation in the curriculum and co-creation of the curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1177/1474904117704102
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Depositing User: Carol Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 16:54
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 16:49
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15366

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