Leadership of learning and teaching in the creative arts

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de la Harpe, Barbara and Mason, Thembi. 2014. "Leadership of learning and teaching in the creative arts ." Higher Education Research and Development. 33 (1), pp. 129-143. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2013.870982
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Leadership of learning and teaching in the creative arts

ERA Journal ID20348
Article CategoryArticle
Authorsde la Harpe, Barbara and Mason, Thembi
Journal TitleHigher Education Research and Development
Journal Citation33 (1), pp. 129-143
Number of Pages15
Year2014
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0729-4360
1469-8366
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2013.870982
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07294360.2013.870982
Abstract

The leadership of learning and teaching (L&T) in higher education has evolved over recent years. Part of the evolutionary process has seen the rise of the appointment of Associate Deans L&T (Academic, Education, inter alia). Implicit in this role is the assumption by many that associate deans are responsible for leading L&T. Through interviews with 25 associate deans with one or more creative arts disciplines within their remit, we explore the leadership of the L&T landscape of the creative arts. We specifically consider the associate deans' understanding of the leadership of L&T, and their perspectives on who is responsible for the leadership of L&T for the creative arts. Collectively, associate deans articulated a sophisticated understanding of L&T leadership, including the words vision, innovation, strategic thinking, communication, translation, advocacy and influence. However, the variation in individual descriptions of leadership aspects according to the three L&T leadership conceptions identified by Marshall and colleagues [(2011). Leading and managing learning and teaching in higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 30(2), 87-103], ranged from low level understanding to high level understanding based on an analysis using the Structured Observed Learning Outcomes taxonomy [Biggs, J., & Collis, K. (1982). Evaluating the quality of learning: The SOLO taxonomy. New York: Academic Press]. When it came to who was leading L&T, there were diverse views ranging from 'me' to 'no one'. The research suggests that the key to associate deans articulating a more sophisticated view of leadership of L&T may be through attaining a L&T qualification; having experience in the role; and publishing in the discipline of higher education L&T. These findings may guide those recruiting into the field of leadership of L&T, and be helpful for those who are planning a career in the area. © 2014 © 2014 HERDSA.

Keywordsassociate dean; creative arts; leadership; learning and teaching; management
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