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ERIC Number: EJ1381350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-1925-7147
Teacher Change in Mainland China: Collaborative Action Research as a Means of Promoting Secondary School Teachers' Engagement with the New Curriculum Reform
Zhang, Liman; Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle; Adler, Douglas James
Canadian Journal of Action Research, v23 n1 p3-20 Jan 2023
We examined the possibilities of employing collaborative action research (CAR) to promote Mainland Chinese secondary school teachers' engagement with the recent curriculum reform. A brief background of the history of the examination culture and the curriculum reform is provided. We analysed key challenges leading to teachers' resistance to curriculum change, including test-based accountability control, lack of self-efficacy, and perceived roles as mere curriculum receivers and implementers. We then drew from CAR to offer considerations to promote teacher change where teachers can be encouraged to align their teaching with their moral purposes, build up self-efficacy, and develop ownership of curriculum change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A