TAFE-horticulture teachers’ conceptions of curriculum changes in Queensland, 1990-2003

Balaba, Silvino Granada (2010) TAFE-horticulture teachers’ conceptions of curriculum changes in Queensland, 1990-2003. Professional Doctorate thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The period from 1990-2003 was one of unprecedented curriculum change in the Queensland TAFE sector in general and Horticulture in particular. While curriculum theory had been clear for many years that teachers should be involved deeply in the curriculum process, data collected at the end of that period reveals that TAFE Horticulture teachers felt excluded and manipulated by the curriculum developers. With the benefit of distance, this thesis examines TAFE teachers’ conceptions of curriculum change in Horticulture and considers whether events since then have justified their reservations. The research paradigm of this study was informed by the qualitative research orientation of phenomenography based on extended interviews. The study revealed that teachers held eight qualitatively different conceptions of curriculum development. Some viewed the changes as representing a reduction in the quality of education, some as a retreat from education and training while others saw it as a reduction in the quality of teaching delivery. There were teachers who saw it as a way of saving money and others as causing instability and uncertainty, as exploitation of staff and a cause of extra (often unnecessary) work. Most saw the changes as imposed from above with the changes experienced as destructive to staff morale. Despite the generally negative conceptions of curriculum change, the study confirms the importance of teachers being regarded as central in the curriculum change process.

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ID Code: 46169
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Supervisor: Lidstone, John
Keywords: TAFE, horticulture teachers, curriculum changes, Queensland
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2011 06:13
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2011 06:13

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