ERIC Number: ED361853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Factors Affecting the Successful Implementation of Whole-School Curriculum Innovations.
Rennie, Leonie J.; Treagust, David F.
In 1988, two metropolitan and four country schools (two of which were remote) in Australia received federal grants to implement technology education. This paper presents the outcomes of the six schools' attempts to implement curriculum innovations associated with technology education and interprets those outcomes in the context of a school-based curriculum change within a centralized educational system. Data collection, which was conducted in two stages at the end of the 1989 and 1990 school years, included document analysis, surveys of the technology coordinators, and interviews with coordinators, teachers, and students. Characteristics of the innovations in successful schools included thorough documentation of the implementation plan, allocation of a large proportion of funds to teacher inservice, and designation of a technology coordinator with adequate time for supervision and communication. Findings also indicate that without effective coordination, adequate time, and a high degree of faculty stability, school-based curriculum innovation is unlikely to succeed. One table is included. (Contains 16 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia