ERIC Number: ED437719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Principal and Curriculum Development.
This paper describes the need for principals to stay abreast of trends in the curriculum. The principal is the leader of the school and should possess leadership abilities, in addition to understanding thoroughly the curriculum. The principal must set and accept relevant role expectations in determining objectives of instruction. He or she must help establish knowledge objectives and skills that students should be expected to learn, and these two components should mutually reinforce each other. Principals must also lead the way in developing in students a positive attitude about learning since quality attitudes help pupils to become increasingly proficient in attaining knowledge and skills ends. Principals should ensure that learning opportunities capture pupils' attention, that the purpose of each lesson be stated, that students be motivated to learn, that students' different intelligences be nourished, and that teachers be assisted in their pedagogical goals. The school leader should be prepared to teach a class, using the latest research, and should provide leadership in the school to help teachers use evaluation procedures. Since evaluation is continuous, principals can provide teachers feedback on what should be emphasized in ongoing lessons and can help teachers and students to prepare portfolios. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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