‘Living Local, Thinking Global’: Creating and Sustaining Pedagogies

By Liz Veel and Maree Bredhauer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A school principal who is leading school improvement and change, needs to merge explicit theoretical and practical leadership strategies along with supporting teachers to develop effectual sustainable pedagogies. The embedding of sustainable pedagogies will enable the school community to balance the changing demands of a ‘living local, thinking global’ ethos.
The focus of the paper is to identify key leadership and change management strategies that can be utilized by school principals to support teachers to develop sustainable pedagogical practices.
This paper uses qualitative research narratives to present links from the theoretical to the practical. The narrative evidence has been distilled from experiences of two Primary School Principals in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Key findings from literature and research evidence show that principals need to form a personal stance based on identity, beliefs, values and issues. School vision of sustainability needs to be developed with staff. Goal setting and developing a strong relationship with the school community are important strategies. Marketing the school goals and vision is also essential work of the school community partnership. Principal support of the enquiry based teaching and learning model is shown to directly link to the embedding of sustainable pedagogies in the classroom.

Keywords: Transformational Leadership, Performativity, Sustainable Pedagogy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.597-610. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.271MB).

Liz Veel

Principal, Primary School, NT Department of Education, Darwin, NT, Australia

Liz Veel is Principal at Nightcliff Primary School in the Northern Territory of Australia. Liz has presented at many national and local conferences. Liz has completed a Masters of International Management and a Masters of Educational Administration.

Maree Bredhauer

Principal, Girraween Primary School, NT Department of Education, Darwin, NT, Australia

Maree Bredhauer is currently Principal of Girraween Primary School in the Northern Territory. Maree has presented at many National and local conferences and has completed a Masters of International Management and a Masters of Education.

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