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An intellectual biography of Dwayne E. Huebner : biography, curriculum history, and understanding curriculum as theological Kyser, Joseph A.


William Pinar proposed that Dwayne Huebner may well be judged by future historians of the field as the most important mind in curriculum. Since his retirement from curriculum studies, Huebner has long been associated with theorizing curriculum theologically. Yet I believe that this articulation and engagement of his legacy needs further nuance and understanding. Using the biographical research method, this dissertation seeks to reframe Huebner’s theological legacy by contextualizing it through his lived experience and his significant ideas. This dissertation is divided into four parts. Part 1 examines the biographical method, focusing specifically on intellectual biography. Part 2 contextualizes his interest in theology by narrating the lived experience of Dwayne Huebner through interviews conducted with him as well as reviewing official professional documents. Moreover, I contextualize his engagement with theology in comparison with significant themes found in his scholarship in Part 3. This includes his educational creed, his ontology, and his understanding of knowledge and its forms. Part 4 reframes Huebner’s legacy for those seeking to theorize the curriculum theologically.

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