The Test of Curriculum: A Single-Case Study of How Early Educational Experiences Enable Agency Throughout Life


  • Sonja Varbelow Angelo State University



This single-case study uses the narratives of a 75 yearold participant to understand something about the ways in which educational experiences influence a person’s decision-making processes throughout life. For the purpose of this study, educational experiences are learning experiences made both in a formal school setting and out of school. The findings of this study point to how curriculum can be utilized to enable relational self-understanding, which is an understanding of the self in terms of one’s capability to design a meaningful social life. Further, the findings show how this kind of understanding is a prerequisite for agency. As such, this study contributes to the conversation about what the purpose of school is and what it means to be an educated person.