Straight from the horse's mouth

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Weir, Eileen Margaret Chiveldave
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2000
The project, Straight from the horse's mouth: Experienced teachers comment on change effectiveness characteristics l. examines the presence or absence of factors which enable or impede the implementation of new primary curriculum. Based on Carney's (1990) research study in Kentucky. this researcher who also teaches at the rural primary school in British Columbia, investigated the presence of Carney's ten change effectiveness characteristics. Research took the form of a case study, basing its results on the interviews conducted with twelve staff members at the school. The staff members spoke of their past experiences of curricular implementation and reflected on the process and professional changes throughout their careers. Hoping to convey a deep understanding of the teachers' dilemma during implementation, the researcher has taken a creative approach and presented information, results and personal reflections in the fonns of free verse, prose, drama, questions and illustrations. This study concludes that some degree of Carney's change effectiveness characteristics were present during the implementation process, that collaboration and teamwork were powerful forces in this study situation and that vision was an important aspect to these participants. Some change effectiveness characteristics impacted on some participants more than others: some participants voiced a need for a positive risk-taking environment whereas communication and information were seldom mentioned. Directions for further investigations are suggested.
vi, 137 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. --
Curriculum change -- British Columbia , Curruculum planning -- British Columbia , Education, Primary -- Canada -- Curricula