Curriculum Inquiry Research Group
The Curriculum Inquiry Research Group (CInRG) is a collaborative research community interested in the field of curriculum studies. The group was formed in 2014 to provide a forum for graduate students and faculty members within the Faculty of Education to engage, collaborate, and converse about all things curriculum.
The Curriculum Inquiry Research Group aims to provide a space within the Faculty of Education for individuals interested in curriculum studies to engage in critical conversation, scholarship, and research. In addition, CInRG hopes to engage other members of the Faculty of Education in curricular conversations through a series of guest lectures and presentations by experts in the field.
As the acronym implies, the notion of synergy is at the core of this group. Through various collaborative endeavours, CInRG aims to inspire a community of scholars, faculty member and graduate students, who maintain a dedicated stance toward curriculum inquiry and who engage in complicated conversations through joint scholarship and research.
Through a series of critical discussions, presentations, and academic events, CInRG aims to engage in curriculum conversations within the Faculty of Education and beyond. As a community of emerging scholars and faculty members well situated within the field of curriculum studies, the group carries a responsibility for each other’s development and a commitment to the collective learning of the group as a whole.
Contemporary Curriculum Studies: What Makes Good Curriculum Scholarship?
Over the past 25 years, the field of curriculum has evolved into an eclectic scholarship open to diverse methodologies and multiple interests. The purpose of this research is to empirically characterize contemporary curriculum scholarship by: (a) determining the concurrent strands and interest groups within the discipline, and (b) delineating the tenets of high-quality curriculum scholarship. A Dephi research design is used for this study involving leading curriculum scholars.
A Delphi method is used in this research to survey experienced curriculum scholars on (a) the concurrent strands of curriculum scholarship, and (b) the tenets of high-quality curriculum scholarship. Delphi is an accepted method used by researchers from across disciplines for “achieving convergence of opinion concerning real-world knowledge solicited from experts within certain topic areas” (Hsu & Stanford, 2007, p. 1). The Delphi method uses a series of questionnaires to collect data from a panel of selected experts in one area (Dalkey & Helmer, 1963; Hsu & Stanford, 2007). Questionnaire responses are analyzed in a way that aims towards consensus; however, participants are also able “to specify the reasons for remaining outside the consensus” (Pfeiffer, 1968, p. 152). In this research, we will identify leading curriculum scholars from various interest groups to participate in our Delphi study to build agreement on core tenets and interests of curriculum scholarship.
CInRG will be presenting at the upcoming 5th International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) Triennial Conference, hosted at the University of Ottawa from May 26 to 29, 2015.