ERIC Number: EJ721915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 30
Teachers' Views on Recent Curriculum Changes: Tensions and Challenges
Flores, Maria Assuncao
Curriculum Journal, v16 n3 p401-413 Sep 2005
This article presents the major findings of a small-scale study of recent changes in the elementary school curriculum in Portugal and their implications for teachers' sense of professionalism. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews and questionnaires in a suburban elementary school. Findings suggest the emergence of contradictory trends in teacher professionalism: on the one hand, teachers acknowledge the flexibility and the local logic in the management of school curriculum in which they play a key role; on the other, they highlight issues of bureaucracy and 'imposed collaboration', along with the lack of support and guidance to perform their new roles at school. Challenge, ambiguity and tension are key words in defining Portuguese teachers' sense of professionalism in times of change.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Role, Elementary School Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal