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Transformative Curriculum Leadership

  • By: James G. Henderson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Transformative curriculum leadership is a collaborative problem-solving process initiated and sustained by dedicated, disciplined educators. The goal is to inspire and enact sophisticated curriculum judgments that advance democratic education through subject matter instruction. The collaboration has six interrelated components: (1) the facilitation of subject matter understanding integrated with democratic understanding; (2) the practice of a continuously informing reflective inquiry; (3) the enactment of systemic deliberation linking designing, planning, teaching, evaluating, and organizing decisions; (4) the building of learning communities; (5) the public advancement of this curriculum leadership; and (6) the engagement in personal journeys of understanding conceptualized as cur-rere by William Pinar. Transformative curriculum leadership is one way that educators can actualize John Dewey's vision of education as the “supreme” art in societies with democratic ...

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