Building capacity for grassroots reform: an Australian case study

Seward-Linger, Rebecca and Dowden, Tony ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6309-0790 and Andrews, Dorothy (2021) Building capacity for grassroots reform: an Australian case study. Asia Pacific Education Review. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1598-1037


Abstract

Grassroots reform in education refers to change that is initiated from the ground up in individual school settings. It has remained a legitimate vehicle for educational change over the past three decades, particularly in the Australian middle years of schooling context. Whilst grassroots reform has the potential to enact meaningful and contextually appropriate change, it is challenged by schools having limited access to research and from them working in isolation. This research presents the findings of a single site, constructivist case study on one school’s efforts to improve middle years’ education through grassroots reform. The research was conducted as part of a PhD study and placed a deliberate emphasis on teachers’ perspectives of reform, understanding that teachers are key agents of change within schools. This research provides key lessons on how capacity building for more meaningful change can be improved at the grassroots level.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2022 22:50
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 02:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: capacity building; grassroots; middle years reform; professional learning and development; school improvement; teacher agency
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160204 Management, resources and leadership
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160399 Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12564-021-09724-7
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45088

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