Curriculum development and meso level change: evaluating a single institution change academy

Session Time and Location

Thu, 7 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
Room: Room:
Dunwoody C
Session Track
Session Format

Strategic initiatives to design and implement curricular change in HE have received increasing attention in recent years (Barnett & Coate, 2005; Blackmore & Kandico, 2012).  This session considers one approach to supporting collaborative curricular change by program teams, including students, within one Canadian HEI. Grounded in theories of meso-level change (e.g. Gherardi, 2012; Knight & Trowler, 2000) and scholarship related to curriculum design (e.g. Wolf, 2007) the approach builds on cross institutional change academy models (Bradford, 2009; Healey, et al, 2013).  The session will explore the application of this model in one institution, including its theoretical groundings and outcomes.

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