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Term1,5
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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Introduces students to key concepts in both the research literature and industry practice relevant to contemporary educational leadership, and relates these to national and international educational environments. Encourages students to reflect on their personal experience in relation to research literature on leadership, and to learn how to critically analyse and apply relevant leadership concepts in their professional practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to concepts of educational leadership.

Topic 2: Theories and models of educational leadership and their practical implementation.

Topic 3: Influence of corporate and managerial models on educational leadership.

Topic 4: Challenges of leadership: ethics and values, balancing competing demands.

Topic 5: New ways of leading: distributed, collaborative, parallel and shared leadership models. 

Topic 6: The role of inspiration and leadership as service in education settings.

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 Critically engage with the research literature on educational leadership.
2 Describe and analyse the origins, distinguishing features and effects of various models of leadership in the field of education.
3 Apply concepts of educational leadership to a local context, and present and defend a strategy for improvement.

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

  1. Critically engage with the research literature on educational leadership.
  2. Describe and analyse the origins, distinguishing features and effects of various models of leadership in the field of education.
  3. Apply concepts of educational leadership to a local context, and present and defend a strategy for improvement.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.