A sociocultural analysis of mandated curriculum change: the implementation of a new senior physics curriculum in New Zealand schools
Abstract:We analyse the implementation of a new New Zealand physics curriculum from a socio-cultural perspective. We explore the development of the curriculum document and examine the obstacles to its implementation. Change was compromised by the lack of any intersubjective linkage between teachers and the curriculum designers. The teachers' own community of practice was most influential in how implementation occurred. Curriculum change processes and discourses must be made transparent so that teachers can have a framework for 'dereification' of a curriculum document into their classroom practices. Without planning for teachers' participation in the negotiation of curriculum meanings, curriculum developers themselves become marginalized, and the cultural objects they have developed will be adopted in unanticipated ways.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2007