ERIC Number: ED426911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Describing Learning: Implementation of Curriculum Profiles in Australian Schools 1986-1996. ACER Research Monograph No. 50.
Lokan, Jan, Ed.
This book contains information about the implementation processes of curricular reform in each Australian state and territory and views about these, obtained from several sources as part of a study commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) in mid-1995. Each State and Territory Education Department was brought into the project through having a curriculum officer or other knowledgeable person(s) prepare a chapter for the book. The primary focus of the project was on implementation of state variations of the national curriculum profiles rather than on the related curriculum statements. In addition, a survey was carried out in a random sample of schools across Australia to collect information from principals and teachers about the practical aspects of implementation. Site visits to schools in most Australian states and territories were also conducted. Findings show a range of implementation strategies with approaches to and timelines for implementation varying widely. The book is divided into five sections. The first section is the introduction with chapters: (1) "Overview of Developments with the National Statements and Profiles to 1993"; and (2) "Summary of the 1992-93 ACER Calibration Studies." Section 2, "State and Territory Initiatives," offers: (1) "The National Agenda in the National Capital" (Margaret Willis); (2) "From Piloting to Mainstreaming: The Northern Territory Journey" (Shantha E Jacob); (3) "Focusing on Learning in New South Wales" (Ken Eltis; Bruce Mowbray); (4) "Implementation of the'Curriculum and Standards Framework' in Victoria" (David Howes); (5) "Use of National Statements and Profiles in Queensland Schools" (Neville Grace; Christine Ludwig); (6) "Renewing the Curriculum Cycle in South Australia" (Jennifer Stehn); (7) "Statements and Profiles: Making Them 'Our Own' in Western Australia" (Robert Randall); and (8) "Curriculum Review and Renewal in Tasmania" (Glenn Pullen). Section 3 provides "The National Survey of Schools." Section 4, "The School Visits," describes: (1) "Case Study Methodology"; (2) "General and Underlying Principles"; (3) "Factors in Successful Implementation"; (4) "How to Implement Best Practice Strategies"; and (5) "The Perceived Benefits." Section 5, "Bringing It All Together," offers "Some Good Things Are Happening: 'How Can We Salvage the Situation' Everywhere Else?" Three appendices contain sample reports, a brief to authors of State and Territory Chapters, and questionnaires. (EH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne.
Identifiers - Location: Australia