ERIC Number: ED366106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Reform in NSW: Mismatched Freedoms?
Bezzina, Michael; Koop, Tony
This paper examines the nature of educational changes in Australia, places them in a historical perspective, and describes their implications for the teaching profession and education system. Harrison's (1979) model of the school as a socio-technical system is used to explore current changes in the locus on decision making in New South Wales schools. Within this model, a school is comprised of four interacting subsystems--curriculum, structure, resource utilization, and human relationships. Focusing on curriculum and administration over three periods in Australian education (pre-1971; 1971-89; and 1990-present), the paper concludes that there has been a fundamental mismatch between the practice of curriculum decision making and that of administration since the early 1970s. An increase in school-based curriculum development (SBCD) was accompanied by schools' lack of access to and control over the resource utilization and structure subsystems. Despite their lack of power over administrative aspects, however, many teachers and schools successfully implemented SBDC. The future may entail trading the freedom to make curriculum decisions at the school level for a degree of freedom to make resource and structure decisions at the school level. A concern is the possible deskilling of teachers. One figure is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Diocese of Parramatta, New South Wales (Australia). Catholic Education Office.
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, July 1991).