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A self-study of a national curriculum maker in physical education: challenges to curriculum change

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This paper captures a national curriculum maker's experiences of revising the physical education curriculum in South Korea. A self-study was conducted in order to make known the chairperson's experiences concerning the various obstacles encountered in revising the national curriculum and to offer previously unseen insights afforded by the curriculum maker's personal reflections. This study specifically offers a detailed analysis of four challenges the national curriculum maker encountered: (1) personal obstacles encountered as a young female chairperson, (2) environmental obstacles encountered as a marginally positioned chairperson, (3) professional obstacles faced as an innovative chairperson, and (4) institutionalized obstacles related to being named the official chairperson. In this self-study conducted in the narrative inquiry tradition, several important findings emerge about the nature of curriculum making and how curriculum making transpires at a national level.
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Keywords: curriculum making; national curriculum; physical education; self-study

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Chung-Ang University, College of Education, Department of Physical Education, Seoul, 156-756, South Korea

Publication date: 01 February 2011

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