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EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


Extensive research and scholarly inquiry has been conducted across since the 1960’s into the nature of educational leadership. Based upon this inquiry, particularly in European, American, Australian settings, and more recently in non-western diverse cultural settings a range of significant implications for educational organisations can now be discussed and explored. Current workplaces have become more complex, and messy that require contextual and adaptive responses as such a study of leadership must be considered within a socio-cultural context in which it occurs. Underlying this course is a belief that Master of Education graduates aspire to positions where they will initiate and guide improvements in educational settings. The course provides grounding in leadership concepts and processes that are fundamental to enhanced educational improvement in whatever organisational setting they find themselves and that will enable graduates to pursue their leadership aspirations with confidence.

The course explores 'leadership in educational organisations ' from a range of theoretical perspectives, including corporate/strategic, transformational/visionary and critical/educative as it applies to the action required given the context in which leadership action occurs. Importance to this understanding is the acknowledgment that leadership is the action of leaders and leadership can is not the province of the formal leader. As part of this exploration, the emergence of leadership frameworks in contemporary educational administration is traced through historical influences into current frameworks. Integral to this course is the development of an understanding of educational leadership as a key dimension in the reform of educational workplaces. Of particular importance is the relevance of different theories of leadership to the work of classroom practitioners. The concept of 'teachers as leaders', 'parallel leadership' and `3-C Leadership' that have been researched, conceptualised and articulated at the University of Southern Queensland are explored in detail in this course.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022