Curriculum implementation is a many layered concept that originates in a seemingly straightforward problem of how to effect educational change by successfully installing a new curriculum. Typically, much political capital, subject area expertise, and design capabilities are expended in the development of a new curriculum. The resulting curriculum reflects both education traditions and some newly mandated public policy for schools. The implementation question often arrives as an afterthought of the curriculum development process and is framed, in the first instance, as an issue of communication: How are teachers to understand the new curriculum in a manner that is faithful to the intentions of the new curriculum?

Viewed simplistically in these terms, curriculum implementation becomes a matter of effective and efficient communication between the developers and teachers. ...

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