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Title: Authentic and eccentric adopters : an enquiry into different perceptions of a curriculum development, the Schools Council 16-19 Geography Project, among Heads of Geography
Author: Davis, Robert Hugh
ISNI:       0000 0001 3417 6686
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1992
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The Schools Council Geography 16-19 Project was used as a case study to investigate the project perceptions of a sample of Heads of Geography who had adopted the scheme. The department heads were sent a questionnaire containing a multiple-choice section which offered different interpretations of the project's philosophy, aims and methods. Each question was followed by three answers, one of which was a statement taken from Geography 16-19 dissemination literature and supported by statements from a project team member. The answers chosen by the Heads of Geography were scored for project-congruency. The total scores were ranked and a small sample of three Authentic Adopters (with the highest project-congruent scores) and three Eccentric Adopters (with the lowest scores) were identified. These six teachers were then interviewed with the intention of discovering which reference groups they used. The interviews were semi-structured in order to gain relevant data with which to test five hypotheses. 1. Heads of Departments who choose nonmembership reference groups are more likely to be Authentics. 2. Members of the Project Pilot Team are more likely to be Authentics than other project-adapting Heads of Geography. 3. Heads of Department who are engaged in Anticipatory Socialisation are more likely to be Authentics. 4. Heads of Department who have seldom been involved in major curriculum change are more likely to be Eccentrics. 5. Heads of Department belonging to Type B and D of Runciman's Relative Deprivation Typology (i.e. those dissatisfied with their own status and/or that of their profession) are likely to be Authentics.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Coventry Education Authority
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB Theory and practice of education