Testing times for the implementation of curriculum change: Analysis and extension of a curriculum change model

Smeed, Judy, Bourke, Theresa, Nickerson, Julie, & Corsbie, Tracy (2015) Testing times for the implementation of curriculum change: Analysis and extension of a curriculum change model. SAGE Open.

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School curriculum change processes have traditionally been managed internally. However, in Queensland, Australia, as a response to the current high-stakes accountability regime, more and more principals are outsourcing this work to external change agents (ECAs). In 2009, one of the authors (a university lecturer and ECA) developed a curriculum change model (the Controlled Rapid Approach to Curriculum Change (CRACC)), specifically outlining the involvement of an ECA in the initiation phase of a school’s curriculum change process. The purpose of this paper is to extend the CRACC model by unpacking the implementation phase, drawing on data from a pilot study of a single school. Interview responses revealed that during the implementation phase, teachers wanted to be kept informed of the wider educational context; use data to constantly track students; relate pedagogical practices to testing practices; share information between departments and professional levels; and, own whole school performance. It is suggested that the findings would be transferable to other school settings and internal leadership of curriculum change. The paper also strikes a chord of concern – Do the responses from teachers operating in such an accountability regime live their professional lives within this corporate and globalised ideology whether they want to or not?

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ID Code: 83011
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: CRACC model, curriculum change, external change agent, high-stakes testing, implementation
DOI: 10.1177/2158244015581018
ISSN: 2158-2440
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
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Deposited On: 01 Apr 2015 00:29
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2015 20:12

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