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Hung, D. W. L., Koh, T. S., Azilawati Jamaludin. (2018). Teachers at the heart of system change: Principles of educational change for school leaders. In T. S. Koh & D. Hung (Eds.), Leadership for change: The Singapore schools' experience (pp. 231-247). Singapore; Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific, 2018.
People, especially teachers, make all the difference in educational change, with epistemic shifts in teachers being the highest leverage point for system change. Foregrounding the chapter with a non-objectivistic approach in learning sciences for education change, this concluding chapter postulates that the teacher is at the heart of the system and school change. While we can have a system and school improvement theories to guide us in the course of systemic change, the heart of teaching and learning reforms lies with the teacher. It will be the expert teacher who will be able to enable purposeful learning by our students where their learning will be more life-long, life-wide, life-deep and life-wise. With reiteration of the key concepts of ecological and apprenticing leadership via networked learning communities, the middle leadership of teacher- leaders is reinforced and serves as a powerful mechanism driving inside- out change within the system.
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