Effecting change in learning and teaching through living curricula implementation
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Citation:Keesing-Styles, L. (2012). Effecting change in learning and teaching through living curricula implementation [Unpublished Unitec Research Committee Research Report].
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1876
This project focused directly and concertedly on teacher perspectives of the current implementation of the Living Curriculum at Unitec. The major goal was to inform and influence the implementation and professional development components of the Living Curriculum. The project used a case study methodology interviewing teachers from three departments, each representing one of the institution’s three faculties. These were diverse departments reflecting quite different disciplines and teacher perspectives. While some departments were well developed in their thinking and understanding of the Living Curriculum, others were less informed and more resistant. The project team interviewed teachers across the three departments to elicit in-depth information about teacher perspectives and implementation progress. The interviews offered a wealth of valuable information about teacher perspectives. The major finding is the importance of ongoing teacher professional development with regard to interpretation of the Living Curriculum and implications for teaching and learning practice. Allied to this is valuable data on the provision of institutional support and change management for curriculum renewal including the provision of exemplars for teachers.