Tensions in current curriculum reform and the development of teachers’ professional autonomy.

Hughes, Sioned and Lewis, Helen (2020) Tensions in current curriculum reform and the development of teachers’ professional autonomy. Curriculum Journal. ISSN 0958-5176 (Submitted)

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Abstract

Current curriculum reform in Wales provides an opportunity for teachers to have greater freedom to develop pedagogical approaches that meet the needs of their pupils. The Successful Futures report (Donaldson, 2015) recommends that teachers should have a greater autonomy in choosing how to deliver the curriculum, and ensuring it is done so in a manner that is meaningful and relevant to their pupils. Strengthening teachers’ agency in relation to pedagogy, however, can sometimes be difficult to achieve because, for example, of perceived issues around workload and accountability. There are many ‘off-the-peg’ or ready-made solutions to the challenges of curriculum reform, and in many cases, schools are responding to such challenges by using ready-made or bespoke approaches. This paper explores the nature of the tensions between the drive to empower professional contributions to curriculum reform, and increase autonomy for teachers, and the existing professional practices. In particular, as an example of the tensions, the paper considers how and why one school selected a commercial mindfulness package to contribute to the newly defined Health and Wellbeing Area of Experience, and the implication of this choice on teacher autonomy and pedagogical practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: curriculum reform, teacher agency, pedagogy; professional development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Teacher Education
Depositing User: Sioned Hughes
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 15:20
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:57
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1151

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