Project in School Leadership

Subject 482-653 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr David Mark Gurr
Subject Overview: An integral part of the Master of School Leadership is meeting the individual needs of students. This subject is designed to facilitate this. It involves three options.

Option One: Internship

Students are placed for up to 80 hours in a successful school to observe the elements that have led to success. during the placement students are required to keep a reflective journal.

Option Two: Workplace Project

Students are required to develop, implement and evaluate a work place project using program evaluation methodology. The project will be focused on an aspect of school improvement either within the students' own workplace, or across several schools.

Option Three: Research Project

Students are required to undertake a small-scale research project that is focused on school leadership. This may be part of a larger research project, a project that the student has developed, or as part of a local or overseas study tour.

All students will be required to attend a three-hour briefing at the beginning of the subject, after which students will select one of the options. For options 2 and 3, students will attend a six-hour program on research methodology prior to commencing the project or research. All students will be required to attend a three-hour session at the end of the subject at which student experiences and findings will be shared.

Assessment: Option One: Assessment is by completion of an internship journal and an essay of up to 4,000 words that links the placement observation with relevant knowledge. Option Two: Completion of a research report of up to 8,000 words. Option Three: Completion of a research report of up to 8,000 words.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Burns, R.B. (2000) Introduction to Research Methods. London:Sage.

Leithwood, K. & Riehl, C. (2003) What Do We Already Know About Successful School Leadership? Paper prepared for the AERA Division A Task Force on Developing Research in Educational Leadership.

Owens, J. & Rogers, P. (1999) Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches, London: Sage Publications.

Stoll, L., Fink, D. and Earl, L. (2003) It's About Learning It's About Time. Routledge/Falmer:London.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: To provide opportunities for students to enhance understanding about leadership, school effectiveness and school improvement, through observation and research of exemplary programs and practice.

Generic Skills

Students will

  • enhance their skills in self-reflection, reflective observation, research design and program evaluation.
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Related Course(s): Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Managment)
Master of School Leadership

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