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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Catalytic teachers’ roles in pedagogic change

Steffan Silcox, Neil MacNeill
Often, in implementing change, a school’s leadership will use selected staff as catalysts for the renewal of a school’s pedagogic practices. These catalytic teachers share insights with other teachers, and take part in distributed leadership. They are groundbreakers in terms of learning and teaching practice, and have internal and, sometimes, external credibility. Catalytic teachers are opinion leaders, important in establishing the critical mass for change. Such staff can become great allies in changing existing staff attitudes towards the learning and teaching function in a whole-of-school context.

Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Professional development
School principals
School leadership