July 25th, 2011 by QS in Science team Categories: Overview No Responses

Framing the Case Studies

Based on the extensive work of Michael Fullan on  large scale educational change, we have adapted a four-phased model to frame each Case Study as a means of understanding how QS are embedded into the curriculum at a program level, and to understand the broader educational change process.

1. The INITIATION OF CHANGE often emerges once a question such as “Why is change needed?” is asked.
2. Once the process has gained momentum, a question such as “What does change look like?” informs the VISION FOR CHANGE.
3. Progressing to more tangible outcomes by translating the vision into practice defines the IMPLEMENTING FOR CHANGE phase.
4. “How effective is the change?” is answered in the final phase, EVALUATING THE CHANGE.

Educational change in higher education is complex. While the above framework could appear simplified, each inter-related and often overlapping phase involves many factors including notions of leadership, educators, institutional context, disciplinary cultures, financial barriers, time pressures, and student diversity, to name a few.

Case Study aims and process

The idea behind our QS in Science Case Studies is to offer short, snapshot summaries to highlight how various university science programs and disciplines are building QS. Each Case Study is an extract from our recent data collection processes (mainly interviews).

Our key aims are to
1. inform the higher education sector about program-level curricular models for building QS in science; and
2. share information and insights into higher education curricular change processes.

Many institutions are in the early stages of the process whilst others are able to share more advanced structures, approaches and innovations. All institutions—even those in the early stages—offer valuable insights in regard to curriculum change processes.

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Each interviewee has been involved in the development and has reviewed and revised their Case Study. We will publish more comprehensive and detailed information related to all Case Studies in the final phase of the QS in Science project.

Navigating the Case Studies

From the Case Studies top menu item, select Summaries & Links to view summaries of the Case Studies and link to expanded versions of each Case Study.  To display all institutions on a single page, select the Case Studies menu item. Click on the link in the top right of each Case Study for a printable PDF version.