ERIC Number: ED405210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-22
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Weaving Narrative Nets To Capture School Science Classrooms.
Geelan, David R.
This paper explores questions about the ways in which students, teachers, administrators, and parents negotiate new sets of roles and expectations for schooling in the innovative climate of a new middle school. A new school in an Australian city has implemented a coordinated package of approaches including integrated curriculum, portfolio assessment, a team approach to teacher collaboration in curriculum development, and an ethos of caring and responsibility. The study that this paper was based on employs a narrative research methodology in order to understand the interplay of a large number of institutional, social, and personal factors acting in a complex situation. Also included is a discussion of the ways in which the research methodology contributed to the understandings developed by the researcher about his professional practice and that of his colleagues. Contains 20 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Epistemology, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Science Programs, Science Teachers, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia