TEACHERS AND CURRICULUM AT YEAR 12: CONSTRUCTING AN OBJECT OF STUDY

Year: 1992

Author: Patrick, Kate

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
This paper derives from a study of Year 12 Australian History and Physics, which explored teachers' descriptions of their subject and their classroom practice. It is one of three connected papers which focus on the role of the teacher in making curriculum. This paper analyses some significant differences between teachers working to the HSC (Group 1) Physics syllabus and examination: in some classrooms physics was predominantly an algorithmic activity, in others it was represented as a practice involving observation and calculation, and in others again students were called on to re-think their apprehension of physical phenomena.

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