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Leading the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: a case for research


Dao, L, Leading the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: a case for research, Perspectives on Educational Leadership, (2013:4) pp. 1-4. ISSN 1448-0476 (2013) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]


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This article makes a case for research to be conducted into how leaders at the local school level are implementing Australia’s first national curriculum, the challenges and enablers they are encountering in leading this implementation, and the role of professional development in supporting such implementation. According to Gerrard et al. (2013), the Australian Curriculum represents a significant intervention in educational practice and governance and thus provides a unique opportunity to research changing systems and school-level practices involved with large-scale curriculum reform. While there has been research into large-scale educational reform in other areas (see, for example, Bishop & Mulford, 1999; Ford, 2012; McCormick & Ayres, 2009), presently there is limited research in this particular area of curriculum change. This is not surprising given the recency of this implementation since 2012 in most states and territories. Although literature on national curricula of other countries may offer some insights into the leadership of implementing a national curriculum in Australia, it is argued that the idiosyncrasies of the Australian context suggest local research is required. The findings of local research will contribute to knowledge in the field of school leadership and curriculum change, with specific reference to national curriculum reforms.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:national curriculum, educational change, educational reform
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Dao, L (Dr Loan Dao)
ID Code:116564
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2017-05-12
Last Modified:2018-12-05
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