ERIC Number: ED412644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
From Politics to Practice: Reflections from a Research Project on Curriculum Policy and Notes from (Outside and Inside) a National Curriculum Reform Project.
Gundem, Bjorg B.; Sivesind, Kirsten
A comparative research project is being implemented to describe how curriculum guidelines are developed and applied in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, and to compare the underlying structures and strategies that influence and determine curriculum work and curriculum-making at different levels of decision making and enactment. This paper describes the project as it is unfolding in Norway. The expectation is that political, programmatic, and practical levels of decision making will be examined. The extensive education reform effort in Norway at this time is characterized as a systemic reform, and as a curriculum-driven systemic reform that implies coherence among school types nationally. This implies a nationally mandated curriculum developed in a political context. At the programmatic level, the reform involves the construction of a core curriculum, principles and guidelines for compulsory schooling, and syllabuses for the subjects taught in elementary and lower secondary school. The interactions of working groups, of groups of leaders of working groups, and an expert group of three professors of education to create the syllabuses are described. The development of the syllabus for school subjects may be said to be an example of a segmented curriculum process. It appears that the professional, programmatic, and political interests were taken care of in segmented areas. Responsibility for coordination has been in the hands of the Ministry of Education. The involvement of the Minister of Education has led to rather firm organizing with regard to the time schedule and the form and level of precision of the content. (Contains 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Royal Ministry of Education, Research, and Church Affairs, Oslo (Norway).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway