ERIC Number: ED359211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Qualitative Study of the Work and the Contextual Factors That Affect the Work of Exemplary Public School Curriculum Directors in Washington State: A Preliminary Analysis.
Hamm, Jarold D.
It has been difficult to define the work of curriculum directors for a variety of reasons related to educational structures and policies. Through the use of qualitative methodology, this study provides an in-depth analysis of the work of four exemplary curriculum directors in an effort to define their duties and responsibilities, identify the contexts in which they work, and gain knowledge that will help prepare others for work as curriculum directors. Data collection included observation, interviews, and document collection. For a variety of reasons, portraiture (Lightfoot 1883), a highly interactive research form, was the qualitative methodology chosen. The work of curriculum directors is impacted by various contextual factors at local, state, and federal levels; and it cannot be separated from its environment. The core work is composed of activities, duties, and roles focused on improving the instructional part of the organization. Work varies with respect to the force or impact of each contextual factor. It is organized according to the following themes: (1) communication; (2) curriculum and instruction; (3) program management; and (4) technical expertise. Study findings reveal the uncertainty, vulnerability, and slow progress of curriculum directors in their efforts toward school change and restructuring. One table illustrates the conceptual picture of the work in context. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Context Effect, Curriculum Development, Data Collection, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Climate, Political Influences, Public Schools, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, School Districts, School Restructuring, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Washington