Teachers’ perceptions of the use of an external change agent in school curriculum change

Smeed, Judy L. & Bourke, Theresa (2012) Teachers’ perceptions of the use of an external change agent in school curriculum change. The Australian Educational Researcher, pp. 1-14.

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An external change agent (ECA) was recently employed in three Queensland schools to align the school curriculum with the requirements of the state’s high stakes test known as the Queensland Core Skills test (QCS). This paper reports on the teachers’ perceptions of a change process led by an ECA. With the ever-increasing implementation of high stakes testing in Australian schools, teachers are under mounting pressure to produce ‘results’. Therefore, in order to maximise their students’ success in these tests, schools are altering their curricula to incorporate the test requirements. Rather than the traditional method of managing such curriculum change processes internally, there is a growing trend for principals to source external expertise in the form of ECAs. Although some academics, teachers, and much of the relevant literature, would regard such a practice as problematic, this study found that in fact, teachers were quite open to externally led curriculum change, especially if they perceived the leader to be knowledgeable and creditable in this area.

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ID Code: 49611
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Accountability, Curriculum change, External change agent, High stakes test
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-012-0059-7
ISSN: 2210-5328
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2012 23:05
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 14:00

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