Curriculum change and the pioneering teacher

Annie Tong Sin Yin, Bob Adamson

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While much of the literature on supporting curriculum reform emphasises team-building and collegiality among teachers, this study investigates the role for individual teachers acting as ‘pioneers’ of reform. It examines how reforms in the English Language curriculum were embraced in a conservative Hong Kong secondary school by a teacher who displayed the characteristics of a pioneer, enthusiastically pursuing the opportunities offered by the reform agenda. It suggests that, to some extent, pioneers can be successful change agents. Long term, effective reforms can only be achieved if such teachers are supported by collegiality, by systemic changes to ensure curricular coherence, and by greater leadership by principals and senior/middle leadership to create the conditions for teacher development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalCurriculum Perspectives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Change agent
  • Curriculum
  • Innovation
  • Leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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