Leadership and School Development

Subject EDUC90686 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 06-May-2015
Teaching Period 09-May-2015 to 20-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Jul-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-May-2015
Census Date 22-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 12-Jun-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

170 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, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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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.

Learning Outcomes:

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%

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

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

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