ERIC Number: ED405249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Selecting Curriculum Resources for Australian Schools: A Review and Analysis of Current Methods and Future Possibilities.
Watt, Michael G.
This project examines past and present activities in curriculum planning affecting the Australian educational system, and the relationship of curriculum change to prospects for improving the selection of curriculum materials used in Australian schools by investigating current developments in curriculum reform and methods for selecting materials. The project focused on identifying key elements in the decision-making process for selecting materials in the context of curriculum reform by investigating: (1) the historical context for national collaboration in curriculum development in Australia; (2) the present context for developing a national curriculum framework in Australia; (3) the procedures used by state and territory education and accreditation agencies in Australia to select and evaluate curriculum materials; (4) the practices used in a nationwide sample of Australian schools to select materials and use information services; (5) research literature on procedures used in the United States for selecting materials, and by conducting a survey of state education agencies in the United States; (6) case studies of selection procedures used in the states of California, Florida, and Washington, and by Connie Muther & Associates; and (7) case studies of services used to exchange evaluative information on curriculum materials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. The report concludes by presenting sets of recommendations to improve the match between the curriculum and the selection of materials, to improve the selection process, to increase involvement by publishers, to increase public involvement, to establish procedures for adopting and disseminating materials, and to improve implementation of materials in classrooms. Tables and surveys relating to the project are appended. Contains a 509-item bibliography. (Author/DQE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Australia