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Curriculum Implementation and Staff Development as Cultural Change

by Thomas A. Romberg & Gary G. Price - 1983

We first attempt to shed light on the differing perspectives about a curriculum. Second, we will characterize curriculum innovation in terms of its effect on school life. In particular, we want to draw attention to the need to consider the culture of schools. Third, we will discuss sources of information on the diffusion of innovations, and present various theoretical models of the change process. From that discussion, we will identify some of the problems of implementing change, including those factors that make educational innovation so difficult. Fourth, based on this knowledge of planned educational change, we will offer a set of recommendations concerning the staff development needs for curriculum implementation. Finally, we will present an example from a school district that has developed a curriculum monitoring procedure that meets our recommendations.

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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 82, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 6, 1983, p. 154-184
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19042, Date Accessed: 1/21/2022 9:41:51 PM

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  • Thomas Romberg
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    THOMAS A. ROMBERG is a professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Gary Price
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    GARY G. PRICE is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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