Curriculum reform in remote areas: The need for productive leadership

Niesche, Richard and Jorgensen, Robyn (2010) Curriculum reform in remote areas: The need for productive leadership. Journal of Educational Administration, 48 1: 102-117. doi:10.1108/09578231011015449

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Author Niesche, Richard
Jorgensen, Robyn
Title Curriculum reform in remote areas: The need for productive leadership
Journal name Journal of Educational Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0957-8234
1758-7395
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/09578231011015449
Open Access Status
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 102
End page 117
Total pages 16
Place of publication W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report on research into the challenges for leadership in implementation of a new curriculum in a remote region of Queensland, Australia.

Design/methodology/approach:
Data for the research were gathered through an online survey and semi-structured interviews with teachers and principals involved in the reforms.

Findings:
Results show that there were substantial differences in the views of teachers and principals in their perceptions of the implementation process. The vast differences in the implementation strategies and leadership approaches between the schools suggested that the effect of the reform on leadership practices was more positive in schools in which elements of productive leadership were present.

Originality/value:
This research highlights the importance of leadership throughout reform processes, particularly in terms of the different experiences and perceptions teachers and principals have during the policy implementation process. As a result, this paper offers an important perspective on the complex dynamics of leadership processes and how curriculum reform is enacted at the local level.
Keyword Leadership
Schools
Curricula
Curriculum development
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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