Ethological propositions for curriculum studies in higher education

  • V. Bozalek Rhodes University
Keywords: ethology, curriculum, transdisciplinarity, schizoanalysis, montage, metamodeling, propositions


The conceit that humans are exceptional and a species apart from nature continues to dominate traditional forms of curriculum in higher education.           This article considers how an ethological curriculum might be used to disrupt current imaginaries informing prevailing higher education curricula practices in its rejection of a metaphysics of individualism that is foundational to traditional curriculum studies. An ethological curriculum thinks with more-than-human forms of life in relational ways to consider how we might work differently in higher education. The article offers four propositions as launching points, inflections or forces which can potentiate an ethological curriculum ‒ cultivating attunement, attentiveness and noticing; becoming-with; rendering each other capable; and engaging response-ably.


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V. Bozalek, Rhodes University

Honorary Professor


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How to Cite
Bozalek, V. 2023. “Ethological Propositions for Curriculum Studies in Higher Education”. South African Journal of Higher Education 37 (5), 43-59.