Investigating the inclusion of teachers, parents and students in curriculum leadership: Some emerging issues

Year: 1999

Author: Macpherson, Ian, Brooker, Ross, Aspland, Tania

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper will report on some pilot work emerging from a recently-completed ARC collaborative research project which theorised curriculum leadership for effective teaching and learning. The pilot work is enlarging the focus of stakeholders in curriculum leadership to include parents and students as well as teachers. The pilot work is being undertaken in a small number of primary and secondary schools in both country and metropolitan area in Queensland. The work is situated within a conceptual framework which seeks to celebrate a participatory view of curriculum decision-making which includes teachers, parents and students. The pilot work has proceeded within a methodological approach characterised as Action Research which is critial, collaborative and reconstructive. The emerging issues which are to be identified come from the use of lifeworld perspectives of teachers, parents and students. These perspectives are elicited as narratives and elaborated (as well as analysed) in a series of ongoing conversations with individual participants, groups of participants within and across schools. The emerging issues which will be presented in propositional form will become a basis for ongoing theorising about the inclusion of teachers, parents and students in curriculum leadership.