03 SES 02, Balancing Curriculum Regulation and Freedom across Europe (Part 2)
Symposium: continued from 03 SES 01
This presentation examines the way professional freedom is shaping as well as being shaped by curriculum policy across two periods of compulsory school reform in Norway. By positioning the study within the field of curriculum research we are above all interested in how national curricula specify their core elements, such as overall purposes, principles, subject matter contents, aims and evaluation criteria. A core research problem is how the constellations of curriculum elements correspond with expectations among different groups of reform actors, in particular school principals and teachers. A range of reform studies claims that a detailed curriculum restricts professional freedom in schools. Our own studies based on surveys and documentary analysis, as well as research findings from evaluation research in Norway, shows that a national curriculum which focuses on both content and competence aims creates room to move for professionals within the local districts and schools. Our examination also demonstrates that reform actors’ conceptions and preferences are changing along with international reform towards specification of minimum content and assessment criteria, partly contradicting the existing curriculum in Norway, which is still wide by not yet specifying qualifications in terms of measurable outcomes.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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