Curriculum Leadership by Middle Leaders focusses on major issues relating to the continuing national and international discourse on curriculum leadership, and highlights the vital role of middle leaders in schools. School leadership has focused primarily on first-order change involving school leaders or principals. This book seeks to put the spotlight on second-order change that involves curriculum leadership and professional development support on the part of middle leaders for more sustainable and long-term change in teaching and learning that will influence what happens in classrooms. With timely and thought-provoking contribution from authors who pursue a range of scholarly interests in multiple educational settings, the book is guided by several underlying questions:
- How might we re-envision curriculum leadership so that it addresses both local and global concerns and aspirations?
- How might we better grasp how middle leaders understand and respond to the pressures of educational reform initiatives?
- How might middle leaders transform pressures into possibilities?
This book will appeal to current teachers, those currently undertaking teacher training and students or academics carrying out research in the field of educational leadership.
Table of Contents
1. Curriculum leadership by middle leaders: The Singapore story Mary Anne Heng, Christina Ratnam-Lim & Kelvin Tan 2. Grappling with Curriculum Leadership theory in schools Salleh Hairon, Kelvin Tan, Tzu-Bin Lin, & Margaret Mary Lee 3. The Contributions of Curriculum Theory and School-Based Curriculum Development in Singapore Schools Mardiana Abu Bakar & Leonel Lim 4. Decision Making in Curriculum Leadership Christina Ratnam-Lim 5. Curriculum and Assessment Leadership for Learning Kelvin Tan 6. The Role of Heads of Department in Assessments Tay Hui Yong 7. Contextualising Assessment for Learning (AfL) in Singaporean Classrooms Leong Wei Shin 8. Re-examining differentiation: Big ideas and misguided notions Mary Anne Heng & Lucy Fernandez 9. Towards a practice of taking students’ learning seriously Mary Anne Heng 10. Curriculum implementation in the Singaporean education context Matthew Atencio & Christina Ratnam-Lim 11. Implementing ICT integration in Singapore schools – The role of middle leaders Connie Ng 12. Chinese teachers’ curriculum leadership through practical knowledge Xiangming Chen & Fan Yang 13. Leading the Lesson Study Process in Schools Eisuke Saito & John Yeo 14. Advancing Teacher Knowledge: Considerations for a Learning Study Approach Yuen Sze & Michelle Tan 15. Utilizing Curriculum Evaluation for Improving the School Curriculum Chi Chung Lam 16. Looking ahead: The Potential of Curriculum Leadership by Middle Leaders Kelvin Tan, Christina Ratnam-Lim & Mary Anne Heng
Kelvin Tan Heng Kiat is Head of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Mary Anne Heng is Associate Professor, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Christina Lim-Ratnam is Lecturer in Education and Curriculum Theory at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.