Positioning stakeholders in curriculum leadership: What are the stakeholders saying?

Year: 1998

Author: Macpherson, Ian, Brooker, Ross

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper argues that curriculum leadership is a shared phenomenon which has unique expressions at each teaching/leaning site. As a shared phenomenon, it assumes that various people who have a stake in it will have a voice and an impact upon how it is shaped at each site. The paper draws on the theorising about curriculum leadership reported at previous AARE conferences in 1995, 1996 and 1997 as well as on recent exploratory research concerning the voices of teachers, parents and students in curriculum leadership in a small number of schools in Brisbane, Australia, Hong Kong; south eastern England, UK; and Phoenix, USA. The research focuses on stakeholders' perceptions about their place in curriculum leadership; their readiness to engage in curriculum leadership; and their conceptions of the potential to engage in curriculum leadership in their respective teaching/learning sites. A range of propositions will be presented and their implications for further investigation and practice will be discussed.