ERIC Number: EJ1175577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Mapping Physical Sciences Teachers' Concerns Regarding the New Curriculum in South Africa
Gudyanga, Remeredzayi; Jita, Loyiso C.
Issues in Educational Research, v28 n2 p405-421 2018
This article reports on a study investigating physical sciences teachers' stages of concern (SoC) profiles during the implementation of the curriculum and assessment policy statement (CAPS) in South Africa. Throughout reform implementation, it is conceivable that teachers go through different SoC, ranging from giving low priority to the reform (unconcerned stage) to being preoccupied about how they can improve the innovation (refocusing stage). Previous studies have not focused on mapping teachers' SoC profiles during reform implementation in South Africa. Using the concerns-based adoption model (CBAM), the SoC questionnaire (SoCQ) was conducted with 81 physical sciences teachers from 62 schools in a South African district in the fifth year of CAPS implementation. Self-concerns were found to be dominant among the participants. Multivariate analysis of variance showed no significant differences between teachers' SoC profiles and their years of experience with the reform. This suggests that any programs of support offered so far may have had no significant impact in shifting teachers' SoC profiles. The regular use of the SoCQ to monitor teachers' progression through different SoC is recommended. Programs addressing the teachers' dominant concerns may thus be developed based on these understandings, thereby increasing the chances of successful implementation.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Profiles, Educational Change, Educational Policy, National Curriculum, Questionnaires, Multivariate Analysis, Teaching Experience, Curriculum Implementation, Likert Scales, Secondary School Teachers, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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