Teacher voice and ownership of curriculum change

Kirk, D. and Macdonald, D. (2001) Teacher voice and ownership of curriculum change. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 33 5: 551-567. doi:10.1080/00220270010016874

Author Kirk, D.
Macdonald, D.
Title Teacher voice and ownership of curriculum change
Journal name Journal of Curriculum Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0272
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00220270010016874
Volume 33
Issue 5
Start page 551
End page 567
Total pages 17
Editor I. Westbury
Place of publication London
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
330206 Curriculum Theory and Development
749906 Education policy
Abstract We comment critically on the notion that teachers can experience ownership of curriculum change. The evidence base for this commentary is our work on two curriculum development projects in health and physical education between 1993 and 1998. Applying a theoretical framework adapted from Bernstein's writing on the social construction of pedagogic discourse, we contend that the possibilities for teacher ownership of curriculum change are circumscribed by the anchoring of their authority to speak on curriculum matters in the local context of implementation. We argue that this anchoring of teacher voice provides a key to understanding the perennial problem of the transformation of innovative ideas from conception to implementation. We also provide some insights into the extent to which genuine participation by teachers in education reform might be possible, and we conclude with a discussion of the possibilities that exist for partnerships in reforming health and physical education.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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