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ERIC Number: EJ787654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
A Sociocultural Analysis of Mandated Curriculum Change: The Implementation of a New Senior Physics Curriculum in New Zealand Schools
Fernandez, Teresa; Ritchie, Garth; Barker, Miles
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v40 n2 p187-213 Apr 2008
We analyse the implementation of a new New Zealand physics curriculum from a socio-cultural perspective. We explore the development of the curriculum document and examine the obstacles to its implementation. Change was compromised by the lack of any intersubjective linkage between teachers and the curriculum designers. The teachers' own community of practice was most influential in how implementation occurred. Curriculum change processes and discourses must be made transparent so that teachers can have a framework for '"dereification" of a curriculum document into their classroom practices. Without planning for teachers' participation in the negotiation of curriculum meanings, curriculum developers themselves become marginalized, and the cultural objects they have developed will be adopted in unanticipated ways. (Contains 6 figures, 1 table, and 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand