ERIC Number: EJ916103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
How Does a Community of Principals Develop Leadership for Technology-Enhanced Science?
Gerard, Libby F.; Bowyer, Jane B.; Linn, Marcia C.
Journal of School Leadership, v20 n2 p145-183 Mar 2010
Active principal leadership can help sustain and scale science curriculum reform. This study illustrates how principal leadership developed in a professional learning community to support a technology-enhanced science curriculum reform funded by the National Science Foundation. Seven middle school and high school principals in one urban-fringe district participated in the community for 3 years. Principals' ideas about leadership in technology-enhanced science grew in complexity over time. Initially, principals focused on learning specific features of the new science curriculum. Over time, they began sharing problem-solving approaches for integrating technology-enhanced inquiry curriculum into the school and district. Principals shifted from gathering information from outside experts to leveraging the knowledge within the group. Each principal in the community customized the codeveloped leadership and carried it back to his or her school site. This study suggests strategies for structuring environments to foster leadership for science instructional improvement. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Science Curriculum, Educational Change, Professional Development, Learning Activities, Communities of Practice, Middle Schools, High Schools, Instructional Improvement, Curriculum Development, Problem Solving, Sharing Behavior, School Location
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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