ERIC Number: ED229843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Action Project. A Report of Curriculum Decision-Making in Australian Secondary Schools.
Cohen, David; Harrison, Marelle
Research on school-based curriculum decision-making (SBCD) in Australia involved a national survey of 586 educators in 98 secondary schools and an ethnographic study of a Sydney (Australia) high school. The results are presented in 9 chapters and 67 tables. The study focused on what decisions are made in Australian schools about years 7-10 curricula, who makes the decisions and how they are made, and what factors influence the decision-making. An introductory chapter gives the study's background, while chapter 2 reviews the literature on SBCD and curriculum theory and decision-making. Chapter 3 describes the research methodology--including the survey's sampling methods, populations (principals, department heads, and teachers), variables, and statistical analyses--and discusses the ethnographic methods used. Chapters 4-7 present the survey and ethnographic results, covering (1) curriculum decisions made, involving school objectives, teaching methods, evaluations, curriculum changes, and students' perceptions; (2) decision-making participants and processes; (3) internal and external factors influencing decision-making; and (4) respondent perceptions on curricula, autonomy, and ideals. The "consultancy" or feedback provided to the high school examined in the ethnographic study is described in chapter 8. Chapter 9 summarizes the research project's findings and recommendations. (RW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Environment, Ethnography, Feedback, Foreign Countries, Individual Power, National Surveys, Policy Formation, Principals, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Publications, Curriculum Action Project, School of Education, Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, 2113 ($10.00 plus $2.00 postage and handling, Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.; Curriculum Development Centre, Canberra (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia).
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