2012．第40卷第12期（Vol. 40 Nos. 12）．pp. 4566
The Present and Future of Research on Curriculum Aesthetics in Taiwan
The idea of “curriculum aesthetics” has led a new trend in curriculum studies in Taiwan recently. Not only has the National Academy for Educational Research been holding a series of study groups and subject talks about curriculum aesthetics, the academic communities in Taiwan has also inquisited with some concepts of aesthetics into the research on education or curriculum. With these research efforts, fruitful results have been achieved in the area of curriculum aesthetics. However, when examining the related past research, all did not give any explanation on why using the idea of aesthetics in studying curriculum or education. This article uses the method of conceptual analysis to investigate into the research on curriculum aesthetics in Taiwan. It was found that the current curriculum structure of Taiwan is too intensive and examination-oriented, thus not conducive to the affective dimensions of students’ learning. Also, the essential nature of curriculum aesthetics was ignored in the past research. Therefore, based on Gadamer’s hermeneutics, this article proposes three approaches for the research on curriculum aesthetics in Taiwan: (1) conceptual study of curriculum and aesthetics; (2) empirical study of curriculum and aesthetics; and (3) contextual study of discourse formation of curriculum and aesthetics.
Keywords: curriculum aesthetics; conceptual analysis; Gadamer’s hermeneutics