"Are you saying I'm to blame?" Exploring the influence of a principal on elementary science delivery

Lewthwaite, Brian (2004) "Are you saying I'm to blame?" Exploring the influence of a principal on elementary science delivery. Research in Science Education, 34 (2). pp. 137-152.

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This research exercise, employing an action research model for curriculum improvement, explored the factors influencing science program delivery at an elementary school in New Zealand. Using a validated science program delivery evaluation tool, the Science Curriculum Implementation Questionnaire (SCIQ), as a foundation for data collection, staff discussion and collaborative decision-making, a school embarked on a self-review process and, first of all, identified factors influencing science program delivery and, secondly, identified strategies for improvement of science delivery. After a school-wide cycle of focused science delivery improvement, the evaluation was repeated and further emerging trends and strategies for improvement were collaboratively discussed and implemented. Implications of this self-review process on science program delivery improvement are discussed, especially within the context of the role of the principal in influencing curriculum delivery.

Item ID: 34465
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-1898
Keywords: elementary science curriculum, implementation, principal as instructional leader
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 05:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 100%
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