A Question of Balance: Critical Incidents, Tensions, and Curriculum Change

  • Bob Fitzpatrick
Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 33)


Emotional turmoil, self-doubt, anger, frustration, and confusion are the stuff of my personal experiences of change in a school within a period of systemic change. I wanted to make the most of these feelings that acted as flags of ‘critical incidents’ (Tripp, 1993) in the writing of a paper as part of my master’s degree because my ego had been tweaked and I needed to ‘vent my spleen’ in some way. In this chapter, I look back at my initial writings on the topic, and retrospectively reflect on my experiences at the time. In doing so, I wish to provide the reader with some insight into my methodological processes of writing and reflecting.


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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bob Fitzpatrick
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  1. 1.Curtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia

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