Foundations of Educational Leadership

Subject EDUC90344 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 01-Mar-2015
Teaching Period 13-Mar-2015 to 23-May-2015
Assessment Period End 30-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 03-Mar-2015
Census Date 20-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 01-May-2015

Pre-teaching period:

During the pre-teaching period, students will be required to complete reading that will be provided via LMS.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Assoc Prof David Gurr, Assoc Prof Lawrie Drysdale


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Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The subject investigates conceptual frameworks that inform educational leadership including: Sergiovanni's five school leadership forces; Bolman and Deal's leadership frames; Robbins' organisational behaviour model, Drysdale, Gurr and Mulford's school leadership framework. The subject uses the broad economic, social and educational contexts for schools and education systems and sub-systems to develop a case for particular challenges for, and approaches to, school leadership. The subject supports participants to examine key national and international research and empirical data on social and economic developments, patterns of education participation and outcomes, public expectations and policy directions to identify the key challenges for school and system leadership. Upon the basis of these challenges, and supported by the most recent research, different approaches to school leadership are interrogated. Through these processes, key principles and approaches to school leadership are identified. Students construct a case study that is explored in depth through a group facilitation process that forms the basis for an informed analysis of the case study.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • understand key principles and approaches to school leadership
  • identify the key challenges for school and system leadership
  • design an approach to leadership that will result in successful transformation in settings of professional interest.

A case study report of 10, 000 words, or equivalent (100%)

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will:

  • have an increased capacity to observe, reflect and understand the nature of effective school leadership
  • be aware of the range of issues that effective school leadership requires knowledge and understanding of
  • have a knowledge of the interrelationships between schools and other agencies/providers and their capacity to contribute to the effectiveness of schools.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Education
Master of Education
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Management)

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