Exploring Curriculum as an Experience of Consciousness Transformation

  • Elise L. Chu

Part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Significant Issues Regarding Spirituality and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elise L. Chu
      Pages 17-38
  3. The Nature of Consciousness, Self, and Reality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
  4. Consciousness Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
  5. Curriculum as an Experience of Consciousness Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Elise L. Chu
      Pages 115-124
    3. Elise L. Chu
      Pages 125-136
    4. Elise L. Chu
      Pages 137-152
    5. Elise L. Chu
      Pages 153-164
  6. Conclusion Without Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Elise L. Chu
      Pages 179-197
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-206

About this book


“Inviting, provocative, and profoundly uplifting, this book dares us to rethink curriculum, and its essential task—to cultivate the transformation of consciousness. It challenges us to reconsider the purpose of education itself as nothing short of the liberating and loving experience of this transformation. In advocating such, Chu offers here a rich contribution—interdisciplinary and international in its scope and reach—through her most apt and elegant analysis of complex concepts from Buddhism, quantum physics and the new sciences, and classical and continental philosophy, as well as curriculum theory. Courageously taking up these traditions—deftly translated and explained, and cogently brought together; she compels us to contemplate anew the claims of truth upon us in our work and to which we aspire through it; and calls us to further advance curriculum conversations and undertakings that are not only scientifically employed and informed, but also spiritually engaged and understood.”
Molly Quinn, Professor, Curriculum Studies, Augusta University, USA, and President, American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies

This book addresses the issue of de-spiritualization in education through an interdisciplinary lens. It draws on curriculum scholarship of Dwayne Huebner, Martin Heidegger’s interpretation of Plato’s allegory of the cave, Buddhism, theories and philosophies of quantum physics, and philosophical hermeneutics, among others. In doing so, the author reveals the relationship between spiritual truth and education and uncovers the ultimate nature of consciousness, self, and reality. On this basis, she works to explore curriculum as an experience of consciousness transformation vital to the essence and purpose of education and, in conclusion, argues for reason with faith and faith with reason as well as the imperative of curriculum imbued with spiritual wisdom and lived experiences.


Dwayne E. Huebner Curriculum Inquiry spiritual wisdom Holistic Curriculum Heidegger Buddhism Plato

Authors and affiliations

  • Elise L. Chu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17700-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17701-0
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