Primary determinants of a large-scale curriculum reform – National board administrators’ perspectives

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Tikkanen , L , Pyhältö , K , Soini , T & Pietarinen , J 2017 , ' Primary determinants of a large-scale curriculum reform – National board administrators’ perspectives ' , Journal of Educational Administration , vol. 55 , no. 6 , pp. 702-716 . https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-10-2016-0119

Title: Primary determinants of a large-scale curriculum reform – National board administrators’ perspectives
Author: Tikkanen, Lotta; Pyhältö, Kirsi; Soini, Tiina; Pietarinen, Janne
Contributor organization: Department of Education
The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE)
Sari Lindblom-Ylänne
Education of Education
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Journal of Educational Administration
ISSN: 0957-8234
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-10-2016-0119
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308958
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to gain a better understanding of how national board administrators, more precisely, officials at the Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE) have perceived the primary influencing factors, or "regulators", of the national core curriculum reform and the success of the implementation. The alignment between the identified regulators was also explored. Design/methodology/approach - Altogether, 23 FNBE officials participated in this mixed methods study. Findings - The results showed that the officials perceived the core curriculum reform as a systemic entity: the reform was implemented using a top-down and bottom-up strategy, and several regulators were identified at different levels of the education system. The officials also viewed the implementation as successful, and identified more promoting than hindering factors in it. However, they emphasised regulators at the administrative level, whereas regulators at the district or national levels were less often identified. They also highlighted the importance of orchestrating collaboration in comparison with the other regulators. Practical implications - The results imply that in addition to considering separate determinants of reform success, it is important to pay attention to sufficient alignment between the regulators at different levels of the education system in order to better understand and promote the implementation of a large-scale reform. Originality/value - This study provides new knowledge on national board administrators' perspectives on what regulates the implementation of a large-scale curriculum reform.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
CURRICULUM REFORM
school administrators
large-scale school reform
school development
top-down and bottom-up implementation strategy
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
sense-making
teachers perspectives
HONG-KONG
LEADERSHIP
IMPLEMENTATION
principals
POLICY
SENSEMAKING
STRATEGIES
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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