ERIC Number: ED190498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Perceptions of Curriculum Autonomy.
This study first provides a review of literature relevant to curriculum autonomy and school-based curriculum development, with special emphasis on Australian secondary schools. The second part of the report analyzes Australian secondary school staff's perceptions of: 1) the meaning of curriculum autonomy, 2) the advantages and disadvantages of curriculum autonomy, and 3) the extent to which curriculum autonomy is used in their schools. The vast majority of the respondents defined curriculum autonomy as school-based curriculum development. The three most frequently cited advantages of this system were greater freedom, flexibility, and variety in the curriculum; greater teacher involvement, satisfaction, and commitment; and better ability to meet the needs and interests of the individual school. Disadvantages included limitations imposed by parents, exams, and employers; extra work in planning and coordination of curriculum; and lack of experienced staff for curriculum development. A summary and discussion of these findings is included along with implications for further research. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Information Analyses
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