A contextual analysis of secondary home economic teachers' agency in a time of mandatory curriculum change

Jenkins, Gayle Y. (2014) A contextual analysis of secondary home economic teachers' agency in a time of mandatory curriculum change. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This qualitative research explored secondary Home Economics teachers' perceptions of their teacher agency to influence classroom, department and school level curriculum decision making. Teachers responded to curriculum change with proactive, reactive and/or passive agency. Findings indicated that teachers' perceptions of their classroom agency remained high. However, agency decreased at department and school levels. Recent changes in schools as a result of the Australian Curriculum; NAPLAN and Queensland Studies Authority have resulted in changes that have been detrimental to teacher agency. Agency was enacted differently depending on whether change was teacher initiated or mandated by authority.

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ID Code: 76340
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Tangen, Donna, Ehrich, Lisa, & Spooner-Lane, Rebecca
Keywords: curriculum change, collegial support, teacher identity, Professional Development, Self efficacy, Triadic Reciprocality Causation Model, teacher agency
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2014 04:53
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 05:11

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