Selling the new social studies in Australia: experiences, perceptions and challenges in the professional development of teachers in the 1970s and 1980s

Parry, Lindsay (2007) Selling the new social studies in Australia: experiences, perceptions and challenges in the professional development of teachers in the 1970s and 1980s. Professional Development in Education, 33 (1). pp. 7-21. ISSN 1367-4587

Abstract

This article presents an Australian case study of the experiences of curriculum workers involved in professional development for primary school teachers in the New Social Studies and their perceptions of the curricular and pedagogical challenges facing those teachers in the 1970s and 1980s. It draws on data gathered primarily through 'oral histories' of curriculum workers and corroborated by analyses of documentary evidence (syllabuses, correspondence and reports) archived by the state educational authority in Queensland, Australia. In their oral histories, curriculum workers identify and reflect upon two distinct and contrasting eras of professional development for teachers, with both eras being characterized by inherent, systemic weaknesses. It is argued that state-wide efforts failed to provide a sustained commitment to professional development for teachers, which ultimately proved to be counter-productive to the implementation of the New Social Studies.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Title changed. Now titled Professional Development in Education. Author version not held.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 11:37
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 06:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional development; social studies; case Studies; elementary school teachers; elementary education; curriculum development; inservice education; educational change
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/13674580601157554
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7193

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