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Teachers’ curriculum stories: perceptions and preparedness to enact change


MacDonald, A and Barton, G and Baguley, M and Hartwig, K, Teachers' curriculum stories: perceptions and preparedness to enact change, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48, (13) pp. 1336-1351. ISSN 0013-1857 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

DOI: doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1210496


Within the specific context of The Australian Curriculum: The Arts, this paper explores how teachers of the Arts and teacher educators encounter and enact curriculum change. Adopting Ewing’s notion that curriculum is a complex web of varying stories and storylines that are impacted on by teachers’ underlying philosophy, we suggest that Arts teachers embrace the intent behind The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. This paper unearths and explores insights gleaned from teachers looking inward and reflecting on their own personal curriculum journeys. The learning dimensions of conceptualising, experimenting and developing, reflecting, resolving and communicating are applied to investigate the implementation of the new curriculum. This article shares data from a number of Arts teachers’ interviews with the authors in relation to their thoughts on the implementation of the new curriculum. Two key themes emerged from these interviews, these being navigating challenges and the implications of personal attributes in encountering and enacting change. Interestingly, a number of qualities associated with Arts practitioners such as creative and lateral thinking, resilience and flexibility emerge as significant contributing factors in regard to how teachers encounter, enact and become curriculum change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Arts curriculum, Arts teachers, Arts education, narrative inquiry
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Dr Abbey MacDonald)
ID Code:110631
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-08-06
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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