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An uncertain harvest: a case study of implementation of innovation

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Starting in 1997, a sophisticated, outcomes-based curriculum was to be implemented in South African schools. This study examines and analyses how science teachers in one rural school responded to the demands of this new curriculum. I consider the capacity of the school and the extent to which outside support and pressure was provided. The levels of implementation are analysed in terms of a proposed 'zone of feasible innovation', a hypothetical construct which suggests that innovation should not exceed current practice by too large a gap between existing practice and the demands of the innovation.

Keywords: change strategies; curriculum implementation; curriculum problems; school improvement; science education

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2007

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