Leadership and School Development

Subject EDUC90686 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours total time commitment





Recommended Background Knowledge:


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject works within the Developmental Learning Framework for school Leaders and the Effective Schools Model. It focuses on those aspects of technical, human, symbolic and cultural leadership that are most important for school literacy and numeracy leaders. The fifth capability of the framework, educational leadership, however, is the main focus. When considering educational leadership, the students will work their way through the challenges present in defining high quality instruction. Evidence from instructional rounds- learning to see, learning to judge – will be examined. The importance of distributed leadership and teachers as leaders of instruction will be a major focus of this course. The systematic measurement of quality pedagogy to assess evidence for high quality instruction will also be covered. Opportunities to develop leadership capabilities in these areas will be embedded into the subject.


On completion of this subject, students will:
• Understand the key principles in the Developmental Learning Framework for school Leaders
• Develop research led practices for leadership in numeracy / literacy
• Critically evaluate empirical research within the discipline of school leadership


Reflection on leadership (2,000 words) due mid-semester, 40%

Report on leadership for change in schools (3,000 words) due end of semester, 60%

Prescribed Texts:

City, E., Elmore, R., Fiarman, S., & Teitel, L. (2009). Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning. Harvard Press

Davies, B. (2009). The essentials of school leadership. Sage.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will:
• Be able to apply leadership theory to personal growth and professional practice
• Work self-directedly and collaboratively with peers to build leadership skills
• Have an increased capacity to observe, reflect and understand the nature of effective school leadership.

Related Course(s): Master of Literacy
Master of Numeracy

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