International Education Journal

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The evaluation of the Negotiated Curriculum Plan in South Australia

Liz Horrocks
Department of Education, Training and Employment



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In the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) in South Australia, IEP's for students with disabilities are called Negotiated Curriculum Plans (NCP's). There was a need to revise the NCP because of imminent policy changes in DETE. These include the rewriting of the Students with Disabilities Policy (1991) and the 2002 implementation of South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework (SACSA) for all students.

Key stakeholders in the NCP process included parents, students, educators and service providers who were invited to take part in focus groups that were conducted in metropolitan and rural centres in South Australia. The purpose of the focus groups was to discover participants' understanding of the NCP, identification of its strengths and weaknesses as well as the essential elements of an NCP. Participants were also asked for suggestions for the format of the new NCP. The information from the focus groups was developed into a series of recommendations.

Negotiated Curriculum Plan, special education, parents, focus groups



Horrocks, L. (2001) The evaluation of the Negotiated Curriculum Plan in South Australia. International Education Journal, 2 (4), 187-202.

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