2014 Division of Educational and Child Psychology Annual Development Event
Conference Venue: Oxford Hotel, Oxford Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP)
From: 08 Jan 2014 To: 10 Jan 2014
Inquiry based leadership – A 21st century challenge
Professor Barry Carpenter OBE
Honorary Professor at the Universities of Worcester (UK), Limerick (Ireland), Hamburg (Germany), and Flinders (Australia)
research into the changing pattern of childhood disability (Carpenter et al.,
2011) has defined a new generation of children with complex learning
disabilities entering our school system. These children are pervasive across
all types of schools and require a distinctive pedagogy matched to their
profile of learning need.
challenge to teaching and learning from these standards is such that teachers
have to engage more than ever with classroom-based inquiry, seeking solutions
for and with the student and their family; solutions that will enable deep
engagement in learning.
pedagogical and curriculum regeneration processes place demands on leadership
in schools. Traditional models may no longer be effective in guiding and
supporting staff. That is not to deflate or dismiss the successful practice of
many of our school leaders, but rather to suggest that a new dimension may be
required in the leadership portfolio of the 21st century.
dimension is inquiry-based leadership, where Principals and their senior
leadership teams adopt a more enabling and facilitative approach, walking
alongside their teaching colleagues as they make the journey of discovery,
through inquiry, that will evolve the personalised pathway to learning for the
students with complex learning needs.
presentation is a first attempt to analyse and profile a model of inquiry-based
leadership that is responsive to new generation children and new generation