Educational Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Course code EDUC4804Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course provides a critical understanding of the social, cultural, political, and historical contexts within which educational leaders work. Particular emphasis will be placed on considering the ways in which educational leaders contribute to and might shape social directions.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1) Articulate the contemporary role of the school principal in the context of the social, cultural, political and historical contexts of educational leadership;
2) Demonstrate an analytical engagement with classic texts on the administration of schools and organisations;
3) Apply their knolwedge of educational leadership to critically examine representations of school principals in different mediums; and
4) Have an increased capacity to critically reflect on current practices and adopt a future focused/sustainable perspective.
ContentThis course introduces students to:

- classic works on the administration of organisations such as Weber's bureaucracy, Taylor's scientific management and Fayol's administrative behaviour;
- historical developments in the scholarship and practice of educational leadership such as the Theory movement and the cult of efficiency;
- socio-cultural perspectives of educational leadership, such as the purpose of schools and whom do we serve;
- political perspectives such as participatory decision making, school-based management, the corporatisation of educational management and accountability regimes;
- contemporary issues such as evidence-based practice, gender and educational leadership, demography and the principalship; and the standards based agenda;
- relevant legislative and systemic policies impacting on school leadership;
- current research on educational leadership and a futures focus.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Lecture
Assessment Items
Online DiscussionCritical engagement with the literature equivalent to 4000 words.
Contact HoursIntegrated Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term