EDUC5644 Leading the Aligned School

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit examines concepts of the school as a learning organisation reflecting internal and external expectations. The impact of changing expectations (local and global) on educational organisations is viewed through different frames. Reform, restructure and change are viewed as realignment and students explore diverse school reactions to new external expectations and their subsequent effect on children's learning. The process of alignment with respect to the elements of school organisation are examined. The challenges in aligning the physical, human and social elements are explored with further focus on leading human and social realignment for improved learning and achievement.
Students are able to (1) understand theoretical aspects of schools as learning organisations; (2) understand change as the realignment of the school's resources to better meet new external or internal expectations; and (3) understand the multiple roles of school leaders in ensuring the success of these processes. Students also demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to be confident in leading colleagues in evaluating school performance in the light of changing environmental expectations, and are well placed to enquire and review alternative practices and to articulate a coherent approach to lead an effective process of realignment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1500-word essay and (2) a 3500-word analysis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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