ERIC Number: ED270416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Classroom Curriculum: A Case Study of Teacher Choice.
Hawthorne, Rebecca Killen
Contemporary controversy about the proper mix of autonomy and obligation in teaching reveals contention concerning the role of teachers as professionals. At the classroom level, this controversy revolves around the individual teachers' translation of prescribed curricular policy into the operational curriculum of the classroom. An exploratory case study of one classroom teacher's curricular choices suggests that professional factors, predominantly personal values and experience, have a pervasive influence on classroom curriculum. Assuming the role of autonomous agent, the teacher addresses client obligations through selection of curricular content, texts/materials, presentation, activities, and evaluation. The classroom teacher's interaction with the organizational environment of the school and district within which she works expands or limits the boundaries of professional autonomy over the classroom curriculum, reflecting the delicate balance betwen autonomy and obligation at the classroom level. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th; San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).