Leading Learning and Teaching

Subject EDUC90753 (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 01-May-2015
Teaching Period 22-May-2015 to 20-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 30-Jul-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-May-2015
Census Date 22-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 26-Jun-2015

Pre-teaching period:

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

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

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Instructional Leadership (MC-INSLEAD) or the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership (GC-INSLEAD)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

A recognised teaching qualification.

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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Helen Stokes, Prof Stephen Dinham


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Subject Overview:

This subject will critically examine the research evidence linking quality teaching with student outcomes within the context of contemporary educational theory, policy and practice. Of central interest will be the role of leadership, and in particular approaches to instructional leadership, in promoting, developing and providing quality teaching and student learning. Key aspects include successful change management, effective teacher professional learning and the importance of evidence and data. Candidates will conduct a self-assessment of their capabilities against the research literature on effective instructional leadership and the National Professional Standard for Principals (AITSL). This subject aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standard for Principals.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand contemporary theories and research evidence on quality teaching for student learning and development.
  • Understand the current international context of educational theory, policy and practice as it relates to leadership for teaching and learning.
  • Understand the essential features of instructional leadership and how effective instructional leaders create the conditions where teachers can teach successfully and students can learn.
  • Understand approaches to successful change management in education.
  • Understand the features of effective collaborative professional learning in education.
  • Reflect and self-assess current instructional capabilities against the literature and professional standards.

There are two assessment tasks:

  • Essay on research evidence linking leadership with teaching and student learning (2,500 words) due mid-semester (50%)
  • Self-capability assessment linking research literature with AITSL National Professional Standard for Principals (2,500 words) due end of semester (50%)

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:

Dinham, S. (2008). How to Get Your School Moving and Improving: An evidence-based approach. Camberwell: ACER Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Problem solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments.
  • Collaborative and teamwork skills through working with fellow students and with work-based colleagues through investigations and problem solving.
  • To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches.
  • Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Verbal and communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including staff supervision and development.
  • Change management skills.
  • Use of evidence and data.
Links to further information: http://www.education.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Teaching
Master of Instructional Leadership
Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership

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