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Micro-political leadership strategies used by curriculum leaders in one Queensland school in implementing the national curriculum

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Dao, L ORCID: 0000-0002-7223-6376 and Cranston, N 2018 , 'Micro-political leadership strategies used by curriculum leaders in one Queensland school in implementing the national curriculum' , Leading & Managing, vol. 24, no. 1 , pp. 86-100 .

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Abstract

Despite several countries having introduced a national curriculum, the literatureon how school leaders implement such curriculum is surprisingly scant. This article reportson one aspect of a larger study that investigated how members of a school curriculumleadership team implemented Australia’s first national curriculum. The aspect reported in thisarticle is concerned with leadership strategies used by these members in the implementationof this curriculum. The findings draw on semi-structured in-depth interviews of 29participants, comprising 17 members of this team and 11 teachers in the case school, and oneschool sector curriculum officer. Blase and Anderson’s (1995) micro-political leadershipmatrix was used to analyse the research findings, which shed light on the micro-politicalleadership practices regarding how school leaders implement large-scale mandatedcurriculum change. This analysis highlighted the need for those with curriculum leadership tounderstand micro-politics in leading such change.© 2018 Australian Council for Educational Leaders

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dao, L and Cranston, N
Keywords: educational leadership, micro-political leadership, educational reform, educational change, large-scale reform, change process, leadership strategies
Journal or Publication Title: Leading & Managing
Publisher: The Australian Council for Educational Leaders
ISSN: 1329-4539
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