ERIC Number: EJ1064462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Curriculum Reform as Adaptive Leadership Challenge
Wolfe, Kathy J.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v47 n3 p62-65 2015
Serious curricular reform is both exhilarating in its possibilities and exhausting in its particulars. When its scope is significant and it is undertaken in response to a variety of difficult challenges, curriculum revision becomes more about cultural change than a mere matter of logistics. While studying adaptive leadership with colleagues at the Whidbey Institute Powers of Leadership retreat, author Kathy Wolfe reflects on the change process she experienced when faculty, staff, and students at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) redesigned their general education program over a period of three years (2010-2013). She points toward the adaptive leadership framework developed by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky for inspiration, and a valuable strategy for curricular change. Wolfe muses that although adaptive change involves some losses, relies on diversity for success, and takes time, eventually, it should improve an organization's capacity to thrive. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Leadership, General Education, Organizational Change, Change Strategies, Media Adaptation, Best Practices, Context Effect, College Programs, Time Management, Intervention, Data Interpretation, Needs Assessment, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska