ERIC Number: ED287676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
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A Case Study Analysis of Curriculum Implementation as Exemplified by Project WILD in One Midwestern State.
Cantrell, Diane C.
Designed for elementary and secondary teachers, Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental education program which emphasizes wildlife. This study examines the process of curriculum implementation as exemplified by Project WILD in Ohio by tracing its implementation from the national level to the use of instructional materials in the classroom. In this case, curriculum implementation refers to actions undertaken to put into effect educational programs, policies, and/or practices which already exist and are new to the people attempting or expecting to use them. Naturalistic research techniques used for data collection included participant observation and interviewing and documentation at four levels of implementation. Emerging from the results were seven themes, including: (1) curriculum implementation evolved as a complex process with overlapping and interactive processes; (2) safeguards for implementation included the quality and nature of Project WILD and the structure of the inservice program; (3) workshops were the most important strategy for implementation; (4) an emphasis on flexibility permeated the implementation process, workshops and materials; (5) teachers were viewed as significant players in implementation; (6) a partnership between resource management and education played an important role; and (7) implementation was shaped by an element of fate and the human dimension. (TW)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Government School Relationship, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Natural Resources, Program Implementation, Science and Society, State Surveys, Teacher Role, Wildlife
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio