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Working through the layers: curriculum implementation in language education

Silver, R., Curdt-Christiansen, X.-L., Wright, S. and Stinson, M. (2013) Working through the layers: curriculum implementation in language education. In: Deng, Z., Gopinathan, S. and Lee, C. (eds.) Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From policy to classroom. Springer, London, pp. 151-167. ISBN 9789814451574

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This chapter presents findings on English Language instruction at the lower primary level in the context of policies for curricular innovation at national, school and classroom levels. The focus is on policies which connect national and school levels, and on how they might be interpreted when implemented in multiple schools within Singapore’s educational system. Referring to case studies in two schools and to individual lesson observations in 10 schools, we found much agreement with national policies in terms of curriculum (i.e. lesson content and activity selection),leading to great uniformity in the lessons taught by different teachers in different schools. In addition, we found that schools had an important mediating influence on implementation of national policies. However, adoptions and adaptations of policy innovations at the classroom level were somewhat superficial as they were more related to changes in educational facilities and procedures than in philosophies.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:40479
Publisher:Springer

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