Curriculum Leadership Development is an up-to-date, user-friendly textbook offering unique approaches to help readers understand the complexity of curriculum leadership. It is grounded in current and relevant theory, research, legislation, and application in the closely related areas of curriculum leadership, development, and scholarship. The text solidifies the concepts of curriculum and leadership in experiential learning contexts, and promotes democratic action and critical thinking.
Author Carol A. Mullen uses a descriptive, qualitative approach that integrates case study, data analysis, personal reflection, and lessons learned. Among the most important elements of the book are:
*the inclusion of the voice and curricular experiences of the professional student who is a seasoned teacher or beginning adminstrator;
*detailed illustrations of practitioners' experiences as curriculum makers and action researchers;
*an articulation of the links among curriculum development, constructivist curricula, and mentoring scaffolds; and
*practical exercises to accompany case studies.
Graduate and advanced undergraduate students in education will find this textbook of value in their coursework, as will curriculum professionals who teach practicing teachers.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Trends and Issues in the Study of Curriculum Leadership. Changing Times for School Curriculum Leaders. Origins, Definitions, and Types of Curriculum. Process/Product Classification of Key Curriculum Thinkers. Part II: Curriculum Leadership Cases for Schools and Faculties. Coping With Transitions as a New Site-Based Administrative Leader. Information Literacy Development for Students and Equitable Access. Inclusion and School Preparedness to Educate Students With Disabilities. Nurturing School Culture and Collaborative Curriculum as Campus Leader. Countering Interruptions of Teaching With Curricular Leadership. Reflective Analysis of National-Board-Certified Teacher Mentoring Programs. Administrator Walk-Through as Instructional Aid for Classroom Teachers. Transformation of an Inner-City Elementary School Into a Magnet School. Career Academy Trends in Modernizing Curriculum and Infusing Technology. Early Reading Intervention Through After-School Tutoring Programs. Curricular Effects of Looping for Students, Teachers, and Parents. Science Teachers as Curriculum Coaches of Language and Meaning-Making. Part III: University-Based Curriculum Leadership Exercises. A Guide for Instructors, Coaches, and Future School Leaders.
"Mullen’s qualitative, descriptive presentation style and practical yet comprehensive approach to such a relevant topic make this a must read for aspiring school leaders….Highly Recommended." – CHOICE, August 2007, Vol. 44, No. 11