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EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Further Education and Training

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Examiner: Dorothy Andrews
Moderator: Marian Lewis


Extensive research and scholarly inquiry has been conducted across the past forty years into the nature of educational leadership. Based upon this inquiry, particularly in European, American, and more recently, Australian settings, a range of significant implications for educational organisations can now be discussed. Additionally, the concept of "Educator as Leader" is acquiring increasingly sophisticated and defensible meanings. Underlying this course is a belief that Master of Education graduates aspire to positions where they will initiate and guide improvements in education. The course provides a grounding in leadership concepts and processes that are fundamental to enhanced educational improvement and that will enable graduates to pursue their leadership aspirations with confidence.


The course explores 'leadership in education' from a range of theoretical perspectives, including corporate/strategic, transformational/visionary and critical/educative. As part of this exploration, the emergence of leadership frameworks in contemporary educational administration is traced through historical British and American influences. Educational leadership as a key dimension in the reform of educational workplaces, and in the successful implementation of self-managing educational institutions, is also a focus of the course. Of particular importance is the relevance of different theories of leadership to the work of classroom practitioners. The concept of 'teachers as leaders' and 'parallel leadership' that have been pioneered at the University of Southern Queensland are explored in detail in this course.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. formulate conclusions about effective leadership, taking into account theoretical models of leadership and the findings of the most recent research in education and other social systems (Essay 1)
  2. compare and contrast significant approaches to leadership in terms of their ideological underpinning, and their conceptions of educational effectiveness (Essay 2)
  3. generate a personal leadership framework that is derived from authoritative contemporary theories of leadership and that is clearly linked to significant workplace variables. (Essay 1)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The origins and development of leadership theory

an overview of leadership issues

the task/relationships dichotomy in leadership theory

contingency approaches to educational leadership
2. Contemporary leadership theory: the reconceptualisation of leadership

leadership in a dynamic organisational context

transformational leadership

strategic leadership

moral leadership

educative leadership

organisation-wide leadership

teacher leadership
3. Leadership issues in restricted educational workplaces

parallel leadership

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Crowther, F., Ferguson, M., & Hann, L 2009, Developing teacher leaders: how teacher leadership enhances school success, 2nd edn, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, California.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 95.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 3000-3500 WORDS 35 35 30 May 2012
ESSAY 2 4000-4500 WORDS 65 65 13 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //