The adoption of student active learning in Indonesia: A disjunct between policy and practice?

Year: 2009

Author: Heyward, Sopantini

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper is informed by a case study conducted in the District of Kota Tidore Kepulauan, in North Maluku Province. The two questions that drive the investigation are: (1) How do teachers, principals, supervisors and local education administrators translate the national School-Based Curriculum policy into classroom and school? and: (2) What obstacles do they face in implementation. In particular, the paper explores the question: what is the impact of culture on school reform? Preliminary findings suggest that surface-level change is the dominant feature of efforts to implement school and classroom reforms. The responses made by district and school actors to translate the national policy into local practice are marked with various limitations in which the role of cultural values is critical.

Keywords: policy; implementation; culture; reform; developing nations