Enabling teachers to become pedagogical leaders: case studies in two IDEAS schools in Singapore and Australia

Chew, Joy Oon Ai and Andrews, Dorothy (2010) Enabling teachers to become pedagogical leaders: case studies in two IDEAS schools in Singapore and Australia. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 9 (1). pp. 59-74. ISSN 1570-2081


This research paper is about the role of the principal in enabling teacher leadership for pedagogical innovations and school improvement studied in two Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools (IDEAS) schools in Singapore and Australia over a 3-year period from 2005 to 2007. The research reported is based on the developing relationship between principals and teacher leaders as they collaboratively engage in a process of whole school improvement. Both case study schools used the IDEAS school improvement program which originates from the Leadership Research Institute, University of Southern Queensland. The cases trace the facilitation of the IDEAS process in each school and highlights the centrality of teacher leadership in bringing about change in school-wide pedagogy and a process of school re-culturing. It underlines the fact that principals need to support the enabling of leadership among teachers by giving them the space, time and responsibility to make decisions about curriculum work and ensuring that these are aligned with new organizational structures and processes. The paper discusses how the schools were different and yet similar in many ways between the two countries, Singapore and Australia, with regard to the nature of the enabling processes for organizational revitalization and school capacity building. It draws out some implications for school leadership and school improvement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting Authors' Accepted Version, which may be deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Springer).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2010 04:38
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher leadership; professional development of teachers; leadership; parallel leadership
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10671-010-9079-0
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7058

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