Designing for scale: How relationships shape curriculum change

  • Natalie Pareja Roblin (Speaker)
  • Gemma Corbalan Perez (Speaker)
  • Susan McKenney - Jensh (Speaker)
  • Nienke Nieveen (Speaker)
  • Jan Van den Akker (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


    This study explores how large scale innovations can achieve alignment between curricular components through interactions among various system actors. Eight successful large-scale curriculum innovation projects were analyzed. Six key themes emerged from interview and document analysis data. Three themes related to salient relationships -i.e. strategic partnerships with (local/national) organizations; identification of individuals acting as linking pins; teacher involvement in design. Three other themes pertained to the relationships’ maintenance -i.e. visible presence; aligning goals; acknowledging the complex and interpersonal nature of relationships. Findings suggest that attending to relationships (professional and personal; strategic and unplanned; formal and informal) should be a key consideration in shaping the process of designing large scale curriculum innovations, and offer examples of how this has been accomplished.
    Period13 Apr 201217 Apr 2012
    Event titleAnnual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) 2012: Non Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough
    Event typeOther
    LocationVancouver, Canada, British ColumbiaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational