Understanding Schools

Subject EDUC90751 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 05-Sep-2016
Teaching Period 19-Sep-2016 to 22-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 14-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Sep-2016
Census Date 19-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 21-Oct-2016

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
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Instructional Leadership (MC-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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, 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 Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Lawrie Drysdale, Ms Helen Goode



Subject Overview:

The structure, organisation and culture of schools are critically explored through the conceptual tool of framing. Several frames are used to understand the typical forms schools take, and how people are organized in these forms. Re-framing, organizational behaviour, and successful school leadership conceptions provide the necessary conceptual lenses to critique school structure, organisation, and culture, whilst, several views of change management are used to explore why these forms are enduring, The subject also explore how schools can be transformed to respond to the contemporary learning needs of students. The ideas explored provide the foundation for developing school success within an instructional leadership orientation. This subject aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standard for Principals.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of the construction of schools and school systems, and how these influence instructional leadership practice and development of outstanding student outcomes (broadly conceived).
  • Demonstrate how the conceptual tool of framing can be applied to understanding schools
  • Demonstrate understanding of the conceptions and practices of school change.
  • Writing informed analysis and critique of school organisational issues.

There are two assessment tasks:

  • 1000 word case study due middle of semester, 20%
  • 4000 word informed reflection on case study due end of semester, 80%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A list of recommended reading will be provided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Engage in collaborative team work
  • Provide formative critique of the writing of other students.
  • Engage in reflective development of professional understanding and practice.
  • Identify contemporary challenges for schools and school systems.
Links to further information: http://www.education.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Master of Instructional Leadership

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