ERIC Number: ED378656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Creative Curriculum Leadership.
Brubaker, Dale L.
This book deals with the process dimensions of curriculum development through the prism of creative imagination and self-expression. Its theme is that personal and professional growth can occur in tandem. It shows how to create settings and learning communities that empower people to identify and use their talents. Case studies of critical incidents are offered to bridge theory and practice. Attention is given to the "inner curriculum," which refers to a sense of self and personal goals. In part 1, chapter 1 begins with a letter from an educator who communicates the ways in which she developed her own curriculum to integrate her personal and professional lives. Chapter 2 searches for a definition of curriculum that reconciles contradictions and identifies a common pitfall in curriculum development--the view that development is a technical matter, rather than a creative artistic challenge. Part 2 places self within the context of vocation, which refers to the concept of a calling. Chapter 3 shows administrators that self-knowledge is essential before significant school changes can occur. The fourth chapter describes how to communicate enjoyment of work to others. Chapter 5 suggests ways to avoid or overcome burnout. The third part presents concrete ways in which educators can relate to self, others, and the school environment. Chapter 6 defines leadership as using talents to help others identify and use their talents. Chapter 7 presents the view that creative leaders set the stage by giving attention to civilities within the setting. Appendices contain four self-appraisal inventories and a figure of effective communication. Contains 63 references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Collegiality, Creative Thinking, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Development, Leadership, Leadership Styles, Organizational Development, Professional Development
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6141-3, $18; hardcover: ISBN-0-8039-6140-5).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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