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ERIC Number: EJ931069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Learning to Lead the Science Curriculum
Nimmons, Fidelia
Primary Science Review, n79 p16-17 Sep-Oct 2003
The science leader could find herself or himself in one or all of the following roles, depending to a large extent on how the head teacher sees the role: (1) Leadership; (2) Management; and (3) Administrator. Some head teachers are confident enough in their own overall leadership role to delegate responsibilities to other staff members, thus enabling them to be effective in contributing to the general progress of the school. In this case the science leader can be a true leader. Others believe it is the senior management team's (SMT) responsibility to lead the school in all areas, and subject leaders are to be handed agreed policies and procedures which they must follow. There are others still who believe it is their responsibility to be seen to be leading the school and taking it forward single-handedly. The best a science leader can hope for in this situation is to be allowed to be known as the science coordinator (in name only). Despite all odds a science coordinator can still become a leader by "drawing upon the attributes possessed and displayed by all successful and effective teachers." This simply means by sharing and learning from the good practices around. In this article, the author gives some advice from personal experience on becoming a science subject leader.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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