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Infuences on local curriculum innovation in times of change: a literacy case study


Thomas, DP and Emery, S and Prain, V and Papageorgiou, J and McKendrick, A-M, Infuences on local curriculum innovation in times of change: a literacy case study, Australian Educational Researcher, 46, (3) pp. 469-487. ISSN 0311-6999 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13384-018-0295-6


Australian studentsí performance on national and international literacy assessments has declined since 2000, while teachers in contemporary classrooms contend with conditions of increased complexity and uncertainty. In July 2017, the Australian Government commissioned a panel of experts to provide advice on how to improve Australian studentsí achievement and school performance. The panel concluded that Australian schools must support every student to realise their full learning potential through an increased emphasis on personalised student learning and collaborative teacher practices. This paper outlines a case study of complexities and infuences in enabling and constraining a local curriculum innovation in literacy that sought to personalise learning and promote teacher collaboration in conditions of constant change and disruption. Named Literacy Toolbox, this initiative was developed by Year 7 and 8 literacy leaders at a Tasmanian secondary school to increase student agency and enhance teaching around a model of deprivatised or shared practice. The fndings provide insight for education researchers and schools regarding the challenges and opportunities of attempts to enact personalised learning and co-teaching in the current context.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:personalised learning, deprivatised practice, co-teaching, secondary education, school-university partnerships
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Thomas, DP (Dr Damon Thomas)
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
ID Code:130020
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP150100558)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-01-06
Last Modified:2020-05-07
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