JANELLE LIM (NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION)

STELLAR PROGRAMME: IMPACT OF TEACHERS€™ CONCERNS ON THE TEACHING OF WRITING : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

Teachers play a crucial role in curriculum implementation. This study seeks to understand the concerns faced by teachers in schools across the Socioeconomic (SES) spectrum implementing the Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR) programme. The study investigates how the concerns of teachers affect the type of adaptations they make to the STELLAR materials. The Innovation Configuration (IC) map, a diagnostic tool from the Concerns-Based Adoption Model, is used to evaluate and compare the fidelity of implementation of the writing component of the STELLAR programme between higher and lower SES schools. The results reveal a pattern between the type of concerns teachers have in using the STELLAR programme and the way they use the curriculum materials. Generally, teachers in higher SES schools had higher fidelity. The needs of the students led a Low-High SES school-pair to make changes to the programme; the other school-pair made changes due to other concerns. These different changes were due to the influence of the school culture. The culture seems to exert a huge influence on the curriculum materials used and hence fidelity or lack of fidelity. Therefore, it seems to imply that the school’s SES and culture need to be considered when a reform is enacted; otherwise, there will be a misalignment between the intended goals of the reform and the interpretation and use of the curriculum materials.

Educational background: 2010 - 2013: Assumption English School 2014 - 2015: Pioneer Junior College 2016 - 2021: National Institute of Education - Nanyang Technological University Teaching Experience: 5 weeks at Randersgade Skole (Copenhagen, Denmark) 5 weeks at Princess Elizabeth Primary School (Singapore)