This 2018 report highlights the essential role that school leaders play in promoting a culture that embeds and promotes engineering habits of mind in the education system.
Engineering is not a national curriculum subject in schools. It is therefore difficult to identify the kinds of personal and professional attributes that make for successful leaders of an education for engineering in the 5-16 education system.
This research applies a positive deviance approach and identifies a small selection of schools that are successful outliers in introducing engineering into the teaching and learning in an attempt to learn from them.
Three key themes emerge from the research:
It appears that school leaders who successfully create and sustain a vision for engineering do it by:
Fostering a supportive culture across the school
Maintaining and modelling a specific set of personal and professional attributes
Enact a coherent set of strategies, which is termed pedagogic leadership
The report can be read through the link below:
Report: Learning to be an Engineer (3.32 MB)