Effective Leadership for Curricular Change

  • Carole J. Bland
  • Lisa Wersal
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 7)


Educational institutions are increasingly expected to make larger and quicker in their curricula to address expanding knowledge, advances in changes technology, and the needs of their graduates to succeed in a changing world. Thus, it is important to understand how leaders can best lead or facilitate curricular for understanding and change. This chapter reviews the dominant approaches studying leadership, and then focuses on recent research on academic leadership, for curricular change. Leadership behaviors found and specifically, leadership most effective in guiding educational organizations through curricular change include being “flexible”, developing and communicating a shared vision, viewing the organization through more than one perceptual “frame”, utilizing “assertive participative governance ”, building and maintaining a common organizational culture and set of values, and actively engaging in goal setting.


Leadership Style Leadership Behavior Academic Medicine Shared Vision Curricular Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole J. Bland
    • 1
  • Lisa Wersal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Minnesota Medical SchoolUSA

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