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Using systems perspectives to develop underlying principles for educational reform


Kenny, J and Cirkony, C, Using systems perspectives to develop underlying principles for educational reform, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 47, (1) pp. 80-99. ISSN 1835-517X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2022v47n1.6


One of the enduring problems in the education system is the gap between theory and practice, where the research to improve teaching and learning is not fully realised in the classroom. This has impacted the effectiveness of education reform. We take a systems thinking approach to better understand the complexity of an education system, which involves multiple stakeholders, each with different levels of power, purposes, and perspectives about what is important. Drawing on an extensive body of research we propose a set of six foundational and five enabling principles that support systemic educational reform. These 11 principles are put forward to provide guidance for decision-makers, researchers and practitioners on how a given educational reform might be more effectively implemented.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education system, teacher professional learning, educational reform
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Kenny, J (Associate Professor John Kenny)
UTAS Author:Cirkony, C (Dr Connie Cirkony)
ID Code:150007
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-05-10
Last Modified:2022-09-20

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