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Local curriculum implementation in Mozambique primary schools: Realities and challenges

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Since 2005, Mozambique has attempted to devolve some control over the curriculum to the local level within the overall context of education decentralization. The aim of this paper is to examine the implementation of the country's local curriculum within primary schools. More specifically, it assesses the progress and challenges posed by the policy during its implementation and how it is interpreted by school managers in three districts of the Province of Tete, situated in Central Western Mozambique. The paper is based on an analysis of official documents and relevant studies which have been carried out on this subject. In addition a case study approach, based on qualitative data, is used to explain how much reform has, in fact, been implemented and why. This will be done through fieldwork and interviews with primary schools managers. The findings consider those elements of school background and contextual factors that facilitate or restrict the attainment of the aims of the curriculum reform policy. The interpretations are done from a combination of constructivism and liberation pedagogy theoretical frameworks. From these perspectives, knowledge is socially constructed and learners make meaning out of a multiplicity of stimuli.

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Education Reform, Constructivism, Liberation Pedagogy, Local Curriculum, Primary Schools
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Ruiz de Forsberg, Nuzzly. and Borges Månsson, Alicia. "Local curriculum implementation in Mozambique primary schools: Realities and challenges" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487579_index.html>

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Ruiz de Forsberg, N. and Borges Månsson, A. , 2011-04-30 "Local curriculum implementation in Mozambique primary schools: Realities and challenges" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487579_index.html

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Abstract: Since 2005, Mozambique has attempted to devolve some control over the curriculum to the local level within the overall context of education decentralization. The aim of this paper is to examine the implementation of the country's local curriculum within primary schools. More specifically, it assesses the progress and challenges posed by the policy during its implementation and how it is interpreted by school managers in three districts of the Province of Tete, situated in Central Western Mozambique. The paper is based on an analysis of official documents and relevant studies which have been carried out on this subject. In addition a case study approach, based on qualitative data, is used to explain how much reform has, in fact, been implemented and why. This will be done through fieldwork and interviews with primary schools managers. The findings consider those elements of school background and contextual factors that facilitate or restrict the attainment of the aims of the curriculum reform policy. The interpretations are done from a combination of constructivism and liberation pedagogy theoretical frameworks. From these perspectives, knowledge is socially constructed and learners make meaning out of a multiplicity of stimuli.


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