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Infuences on local curriculum innovation in times of change: a literacy case study

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posted on 2023-05-19, 23:39 authored by Damon ThomasDamon Thomas, Sherridan EmerySherridan Emery, Prain, V, Papageorgiou, J, McKendrick, A-M
Australian students’ performance on national and international literacy assessments has declined since 2000, while teachers in contemporary classrooms contend with conditions of increased complexity and uncertainty. In July 2017, the Australian Government commissioned a panel of experts to provide advice on how to improve Australian students’ achievement and school performance. The panel concluded that Australian schools must support every student to realise their full learning potential through an increased emphasis on personalised student learning and collaborative teacher practices. This paper outlines a case study of complexities and infuences in enabling and constraining a local curriculum innovation in literacy that sought to personalise learning and promote teacher collaboration in conditions of constant change and disruption. Named Literacy Toolbox, this initiative was developed by Year 7 and 8 literacy leaders at a Tasmanian secondary school to increase student agency and enhance teaching around a model of deprivatised or shared practice. The fndings provide insight for education researchers and schools regarding the challenges and opportunities of attempts to enact personalised learning and co-teaching in the current context.


Australian Research Council

Anglicare Tasmania

Bendigo South East College

Crusoe Secondary 7-10 College

Department of Education and Training Victoria

Eaglehawk Secondary College

Northern Bay P-12 College

Weeroona College Bendigo


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Australian Educational Researcher








Faculty of Education


Springer Netherlands

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