What's new: Practitioners' inquiries into curricular innovations

Year: 1994

Author: Maurice, Henry St, Lundin, Jane, Martell, Gwen, Nelson, Donna

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Changes in curriculum are often called innovations, in reference to ideas of progressive improvement. For this study, a group of practitioners in the United States conducted action research about curriculum changes in their elementary and secondary schools. Journals and classroom projects were collected and reviewed.

Briefly, we found models of curriculum change that were more cyclical than linear. In this report, we discuss some ideas these models embody, compare rhetorics used to promote each model, and indicate some contrasting implications of these differing approaches to curriculum change.