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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concept of the professional learning community and the research literature on successful elements of professional learning. Explores appraisal and performance frameworks as means of monitoring and promoting professional learning. Encourages the development of a culture of reflective practice as an essential part of quality leadership in education.

Unit content

Topic 1: Leading teaching and learning in schools. 

Topic 2: Building a professional learning community.

Topic 3:  Appraisal and performance frameworks and the AITSL Standards. 

Topic 4:  Professional development for teachers and leaders. 

Topic 5: The educational leader as learner: Developing self reflexivity. 

Topic 6: Learning from teachers, students, parents and the community.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Identify and analyse key concepts in the professional learning literature (reflective practice, life-long learning) in relation to personal practice.
2 Critically reflect on the different sources and styles of professional learning and their efficacy.
3 Select appropriate approaches and apply key strategies from the research literature to developing the professional learning of self and others.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and analyse key concepts in the professional learning literature (reflective practice, life-long learning) in relation to personal practice.
  2. Critically reflect on the different sources and styles of professional learning and their efficacy.
  3. Select appropriate approaches and apply key strategies from the research literature to developing the professional learning of self and others.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Dinham, S, 2016, Leading Learning and Teaching, ACER Press, Camberwell, Victoria. ISBN: 9781742863641.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.