Collaborative Inquiry and School Leadership Growth: An Australian Adaptation of an Albertan Approach

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11575/ajer.v67i3.69958

Abstract

This article introduces an Australian adaptation of an approach to supporting school leadership and improvement pioneered by educationalists David Townsend and Pam Adams, from Alberta, Canada. Referred to as the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement, the adaptation involved school leaders, academics, and government officials who combined to implement the twin processes of collaborative inquiry and generative dialogue at about sixty primary and secondary schools across the North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The initiative appears from all reports to have been both well received and highly impactful, including in terms of improved student performance. This issue of the AJER offers an exploration from an Australian perspective of the principles underpinning the two processes. It also presents case studies from an Australian setting of the impact of these processes on school leadership and improvement.

Key words: collaborative inquiry, generative dialogue, North Coast Initiative for School Improvement, school leadership, school improvement

Cet article présente l'adaptation australienne d'une approche de soutien à la direction et à l'amélioration des écoles mise au point par les pédagogues David Townsend et Pam Adams de l'Alberta, au Canada. Connue sous le nom de North Coast Initiative for School Improvement, cette adaptation a impliqué des leaders scolaires, des universitaires et des représentants du gouvernement qui se sont associés pour mettre en œuvre les processus jumeaux d'enquête collaborative et de dialogue génératif dans une soixantaine d'écoles primaires et secondaires de la région de la côte nord de la Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, en Australie. D'après tous les rapports, l'initiative semble avoir été à la fois bien accueillie et très efficace, notamment en termes d'amélioration des résultats des élèves. Ce numéro de l'AJER propose une exploration d'un point de vue australien des principes qui sous-tendent les deux processus. Il présente également des études de cas d'un contexte australien de l'impact de ces processus sur la direction et l'amélioration des écoles.

Mots clés : enquête collaborative, dialogue génératif, leadership scolaire, amélioration des écoles, North Coast Initiative for School Improvement

Author Biographies

William Edgar Boyd, Southern Cross University

Bill Boyd is an Emeritus Professor at Southern Cross University. He is a founding member of the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement. His involvement has been as an active research member of the team, and a mentor for other team members. He advises the project on research design and ethics. He has long engaged teaching and learning research and has been an active academic mentor for educators.

Martin Hayden, Southern Cross University

Martin Hayden is an Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Southern Cross University and a founding member of the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement. He was Head of the School of Education when David Townsend first came to visit Southern Cross University. In that capacity, he provided foundational support for the establishment of the North Coast Initiative.

Published

2021-09-10