Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership

Course code EDUC6020Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1) articulate the contemporary role of the educational leader 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 educational institutions;
3) apply their knowledge of educational leadership to critically examine representations of educational leaders in different mediums; and
4) have an increased capacity to critically reflect on current practices and adopt a future/sustainanle perspective.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
- 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)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsIntegrated Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Online posts (2000 words)
Other: (please specify)Online posts (2000 words)
Contact HoursIntegrated Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6020