ERIC Number: ED432523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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You Say Potato, I Say Potato: Implementation Strategies Used by Teachers.
Tunks, Jeanne L.
A study examined teachers' strategic use of a recommended curriculum through the lenses of the three perspectives of fidelity, mutual adaptability, and enactment. The recommended curriculum under consideration was an integrated curriculum developed to prepare middle school students to attend a performance of the opera "Turandot." For 40 years, the Dallas (Texas) Opera has brought 13,000 students annually to live performances of traditional operas. In 1993 the Dallas Opera embraced the National Education Goals and changed its approach to creating instructional materials. The paradigm shift from music orientation to multi-disciplinary materials placed both the opera education department and the teachers using the curriculum in a position of change management. The new materials were roundly criticized by teachers at first, but after staff development, following the fourth implementation of opera curriculum (for "Turandot"), the study was conducted to determine the level of implementation of the materials. Teachers of all teaching areas responded to a survey. A brief summary of teachers' written responses indicated that the materials met with satisfaction from the teachers. The curriculum's design recommends implementation by a team of discipline-based teachers. Results align with current curriculum implementation perspectives. Most teachers elected to use an adapted approach to the curriculum, several applied fidelity principles, and even fewer created new approaches through an enactment procedure. Contains 7 tables of data and 24 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Dallas)