Working through the layers: Curriculum implementation in language education

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Silver, Rita Elaine
Curdt-Christiansen, Xiaolan
Wright, Susan
Stinson, Madonna
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Deng, Z

Gopinathan, S

Lee, CKE

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2013
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This chapter presents findings on English Language instruction at the lower primary level in the context of policies for curricular innovation at national, school and classroom levels. The focus is on policies which connect national and school levels, and on how they might be interpreted when implemented in multiple schools within Singapore's educational system. Referring to case studies in two schools and to individual lesson observations in 10 schools, we found much agreement with national policies in terms of curriculum (i.e. lesson content and activity selection), leading to great uniformity in the lessons taught by different teachers in different schools. In addition, we found that schools had an important mediating influence on implementation of national policies. However, adoptions and adaptations of policy innovations at the classroom level were somewhat superficial as they were more related to changes in educational facilities and procedures than in philosophies.

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Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy to Classroom

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© 2013 Springer. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. It is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the publisher’s website for further information.

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English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)

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