EDUC5642 Leading Teaching and Learning

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit is designed to stimulate students' thinking and practice as educational leaders. While the tasks, readings, discussions and activities are designed to challenge thinking about school leadership, the unit does not provide a simple solution or recipe for the principalship. Instead, the unit is tailored to provide the basis for actions in a range of contexts with a single purpose—namely, the improvement of students' learning. The unit begins with a focus on place, to highlight the importance of contextual literacy for school leaders. The middle section of the unit provides a review of the way thinking about leadership has changed over the past century, and locates contemporary views in this long term perspective. The unit draws the threads of this review together through the lens of culture, particularly the kind of culture that supports and fosters attention to students' learning. Students engage in reflecting on theoretical constructs and research findings that link to practice and context, as well as the practice and context of other leaders. In particular, reflections and discussions are grounded in the materials provided by a set of case studies of schools similar to the range of schools found in the Western Australia public school sector.
Students are able to (1) identify the key influences of place on the work of the principal; (2) describe theories relevant to school leadership and evaluate their appropriateness to contemporary principals' practice; (3) relate theories of educational leadership to personal experiences and practices through a process of reflection and discussion; (4) analyse organisational culture and understand the role of the principal in shaping culture that improves students' learning; and (5) critique school level policies, structures, processes and strategies to improve students' learning.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two written assessments (70 per cent)—each responding to a set of structured questions covering analysis of literature, synthesis or arguments, application to new situations and evaluation and judgement of actions of others as portrayed in case materials or other literature and (2) a short answer essay (30 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Helen Wildy
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