"Butterfly Under a Pin": An Emergent Teacher Image amid Mandated Curriculum Reform Academic Article uri icon


  • The author examines 1 experienced teacher's image of teaching and how it was purposely changedthrough external intervention and against the individual's willfrom the view of teacher as curriculum maker to the view of teacher as curriculum implementer. Laura's account of the butterfly under a pin image, a version of the teacher-as-curriculum-implementer image discussed in the literature, vividly portrays the events that led up to the imposed transition and demonstrates how the press for accountability in U.S. schools appeared to supersede in importance other ethical and professional considerations. The findings of this research study form a sharp reminder of what is lost and gained in compulsory curriculum reform effortseven welcomed ones. 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Craig, C. J.

citation count

  • 46

complete list of authors

  • Craig, Cheryl J

publication date

  • January 2012