Leading curriculum change: developing inquiry based teaching and learning in a primary school

Cullen, Lorraine Ann (2014) Leading curriculum change: developing inquiry based teaching and learning in a primary school. EdD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Throughout my professional journey, I have encountered many thought provoking experiences which have, not only helped to shape my practice, but have also encouraged me to deeply question my purpose as a leader within education. Children growing up in the 21st century will encounter rapid change within their lives. The question that resonates deeply within me is what and how do we teach them today so that they are better prepared for tomorrow’s world? It is this concern that provides the impetus for this research.

The idea of learning being placed at the heart of the core business of leadership is embodied in what is understood as Instructional Leadership. Through practitioner action research, this study investigates the leadership of curriculum change that takes full account of the views of children. It explores the kind of actions that need to be undertaken as a leader to effect curriculum change; actions that serve to locate the child as the lead learner. In developing an inquiry based approach to teaching and learning, this study investigates how resources and the tool and artefacts of teaching are deployed, pedagogical strategies implemented and considers the development of a cultural, emotional and cognitive climate conducive to inquiry learning.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (EdD)
Supervisors: Thomson, P.L.
Keywords: Curriculum change, primary school teaching, educational leadership, inquiry-based learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 14288
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 11:54
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 17:07
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/14288

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