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ERIC Number: ED229843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 310
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.; Curriculum Development Centre, Canberra (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia
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