Building capacity for grassroots reform: an Australian case study

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Seward-Linger, Rebecca, Dowden, Tony and Andrews, Dorothy. 2022. "Building capacity for grassroots reform: an Australian case study." Asia Pacific Education Review. 23 (2), pp. 221-232. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12564-021-09724-7
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Building capacity for grassroots reform: an Australian case study

ERA Journal ID20021
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSeward-Linger, Rebecca (Author), Dowden, Tony (Author) and Andrews, Dorothy (Author)
Journal TitleAsia Pacific Education Review
Journal Citation23 (2), pp. 221-232
Number of Pages12
Year2022
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN1598-1037
1876-407X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12564-021-09724-7
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12564-021-09724-7
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Grassroots reform in education refers to change that is initiated from the ground up in individual school settings. It has remained a legitimate vehicle for educational change over the past three decades, particularly in the Australian middle years of schooling context. Whilst grassroots reform has the potential to enact meaningful and contextually appropriate change, it is challenged by schools having limited access to research and from them working in isolation. This research presents the findings of a single site, constructivist case study on one school’s efforts to improve middle years’ education through grassroots reform. The research was conducted as part of a PhD study and placed a deliberate emphasis on teachers’ perspectives of reform, understanding that teachers are key agents of change within schools. This research provides key lessons on how capacity building for more meaningful change can be improved at the grassroots level.

Keywordscapacity building; grassroots; middle years reform; professional learning and development; school improvement; teacher agency
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
390306. Secondary education
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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