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Changing Minds and Hearts: possibilities and pitfalls of a collaborative curriculum review process

Spiller, Dorothy and Armstrong, Ann C. and Sharma, Sujlesh (2021) Changing Minds and Hearts: possibilities and pitfalls of a collaborative curriculum review process. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, Special Issue, 35 (1). pp. 6-17. ISSN 1011-5846

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Abstract

This paper is a qualitative study that explores the experiences and perceptions of a number of individual academics who have participated in a collaborative curriculum review process at the University of the South Pacific. The research investigation aims to identify academics’ impressions of and emotions about the possibilities of the collaborative inquiry process and their perceptions of barriers to the process. In keeping with a narrative inquiry model, the researchers hope to identify some of the background stories that participants bring to the curriculum work. The researchers also investigated whether the dynamics of the working groups changed over time and if any of the components of Communities of Practice (COP) were evident. Participants were invited to share their impressions of the process in personal reflections which were analysed for recurrent narratives and narrative fragments. These findings were discussed in relation to the research questions, the current quality agenda in academia, discourses of resistance among academic staff, the literature on change management and the concept of COP.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 22:06
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2021 22:06
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12904
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