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ERIC Number: EJ1034762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 113
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Science Instructional Leadership: The Role of the Department Chair
Peacock, Jeremy S.
Science Educator, v23 n1 p36-48 Sum 2014
With science teachers facing comprehensive curriculum reform that will shape science education for decades to come, high school department chairs represent a critical resource for instructional leadership and teacher support. While the historical literature on the department chair indicates that chairs are in prime positions to provide instructional leadership, it is also clear that chairs' ability to provide such leadership is limited by lack of line authority, time, role conflict, and ambiguity. Yet the literature and practical experience indicates that department chairs can exert a positive and important influence on instruction and learning within high school science classrooms. Drawing on a historical review of the literature on high school department chairs and on recent literature in science education and instructional leadership, this article presents a conceptual model of science instructional leadership for high school department chairs and discusses implications for researchers and practitioners. The model includes four interdependent leadership capabilities for science instructional leaders: (1) science leadership content knowledge, (2) negotiating context and solving problems, (3) building a collegial learning environment, and (4) advocating for science and science education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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