Differentiated learning: From policy to classroom
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This paper explores the impact of a Teaching and Learning Audit of all government schools in Queensland, Australia. This audit has a concern with the extent to which schools 'differentiate classroom learning'. We note that in England, since September 2012, one of the standards that teachers have been expected to demonstrate is an ability to 'differentiate appropriately', and thus the lessons of how this particular audit was implemented in Queensland have relevance outside of Australia. The paper draws on data collected from Red Point High School, one of the State's 1257 schools and education centres audited in 2010. We suggest that this requirement to differentiate classroom learning was implemented without appropriate clarity or support, and that it increased teacher surveillance in this school. However, we also argue that some spaces were opened up by this audit, and its concern with differentiation, to articulate a social justice agenda within the school. We conclude that differentiation is a complex concept which is not easy to shift from a policy to a classroom context, and requires more careful explication at policy level and more support for teachers to enact.
Oxford Review of Education
Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Oxford Review of Education on 17 Apr 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03054985.2014.911725
Educational Administration, Management and Leadership