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Curriculum Leadership

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

There is a wide range of possible definitions of curriculum leadership given the fact that there are over 100 interpretations of curriculum in the curriculum studies literature and over 200 interpretations of leadership in the leadership studies literature. However, despite this potential proliferation of meaning, there are very few specific definitions of curriculum leadership in the current literature; and with a couple of exceptions, these definitions do not reflect a disciplined understanding of contemporary curriculum studies. For purposes of this entry, curriculum leadership is defined as practical explanation, justification, guidance, and demonstration of a disciplined theoretical position on innovative curriculum work. This definition is appropriate for this encyclopedia for two reasons. Over the past 40 years, a strong majority of scholars in the curriculum studies ...

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