Curriculum Review: Analysis through a Learning Organization Lens

  • Burcu Tezcan-UnalEmail author
  • Wayne Jones
  • Suzanne Littlewood


This retrospective analysis of curriculum change in an academic unit explored the extent to which characteristics of learning organizations developed during the process. Three practitioner researchers designed the study as a practice-based, interpretive, single-case study using mixed methodology with data collected from documentary analysis, an online Learning Organization Survey, and semi-structured interviews. The findings suggest that aspects of a learning organization did indeed develop and that the framework proved useful in evaluating change processes. We present a methodology for higher education practitioners wishing to assess their departmental practices and change processes through the framework of a learning organization.


Change management Learning organizations Learning environment Learning practices Leadership Curriculum review 



We are grateful for anonymous colleagues’ comments and critique that shaped this publication. We would like to thank our colleagues who took the time to respond to the LO Survey, as well as those who volunteered to take part in the interviews.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Burcu Tezcan-Unal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wayne Jones
    • 1
  • Suzanne Littlewood
    • 1
  1. 1.Zayed UniversityDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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