Building Positive Education Communities

Subject EDUC90807 (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 24-Apr-2015
Teaching Period 08-May-2015 to 12-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 31-Jul-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Apr-2015
Census Date 15-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 26-Jun-2015

October, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 16-Oct-2015
Teaching Period 30-Oct-2015 to 27-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 19-Oct-2015
Census Date 06-Nov-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 11-Dec-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: 24 hours (3 day intensive delivery)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in PR-EDPOSED Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 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:


Dr Peggy Kern


Danielle Boardman, Program Coordinator

T: +61 3 9810 3237
F: +61 3 9810 3149


Subject Overview:

This subject explores how positive psychology practitioners can initiate, implement and lead change across the workplace, learning institution, or broader community, and facilitate the development of an evidence base for demonstrating the impact of their strategies to ensure change is embedded. Models for exploring and implementing organisational change are introduced, and examples of larger scale policy models are explored. Students will use an action research model in their schools that will be informed by theories from positive organisational scholarship, positive organisational behaviour, and appreciative inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject participants will be able to:

  • Apply a range of approaches to introducing, exploring and implementing organisational change in schools;
  • Apply the appreciate inquiry approach to facilitating discussion about organisational objectives and change;
  • Apply the role of practitioner research in building an evidence base for demonstrating impact;
  • Apply approaches to successful change management in education.
  • Appreciative Enquiry Plan (500 words) - 20%
  • Appreciative Inquiry Report (4500 words) - 80%
Prescribed Texts:

Cooperrider, D., Whitney, D., & Stavros, J., (2008) Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: For Leaders of Change, 2 nd Edition, Crown Custom Publishing.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Graduates will develop the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems and bring about change;
  • Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments;
  • To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches;
  • Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines;
  • Verbal and written communication skills;
  • Change management skills;
  • Use of evidence and data.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education)

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