Leadership and modelling exemplary practice: a re-imagined role for the head of department
Issue 347 | Page 129 | Published Dec 2012
Science departments are more than administrative units within a school, they are also communities that can exert a powerful influence on teaching and learning. This article reimagines the role of the head of department in a way that reflects both the administrative and leadership roles of the position. The leadership role requires science heads to focus on their own, and their colleagues', attention to professional growth with respect to teaching and learning. In our re-imagining, we highlight three key areas: leadership, modelling exemplary practice, and the need to balance the two metaphors of organisation and community.
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