Use of the stages of concern questionnaire in a national top-down reform effort

Christian Fischer, Ayana McCoy, Brandon Foster, Arthur Eisenkraft, Frances Lawrenz

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The Stages of Concern (SoC) dimension of the Concerns-Based Adoption Model is a developmental framework to measure teachers' concerns during curricular changes. The SoC has rarely been used in a large-scale, top-down science curriculum change such as the Advanced Placement Science redesign. Our quantitative and qualitative analyses showed that the SoC may not adequately measure teachers’ concerns when faced with such a large change. The SoC measurement characteristics were shown to have some weaknesses and the proposed developmental tendency toward teachers having higher level concerns as the reform progressed was not found in the data collected about this reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Advanced placement
  • Concerns-based adoption model
  • Curriculum reform
  • Educational measurement
  • Science teacher education
  • Stages of concerns

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