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This subject is designed around the key assumption that self-leadership is a critical pre-cursor for successful school leadership. Students will explore key educational frameworks that enable to them expand their own self awareness and allow them, as educational leaders, to assist school staff and school students to develop greater self awareness. Authentic Leadership will be a major topic in this subject and will be analysed via two prominent, evidence-based frameworks: George and Simms (2007) and Walumbwa, Avolio, Gardner, Wernsing and Peterson (2008). Students will explore the importance of developing relational transparency and an internalized moral perspective in ensuring successful educational leadership. The new science of positive psychology will be used to encourage students to engage in appreciative reflection of self and others, to study strength-based approaches to creating change in schools and to explore the social factors that influence education. This subject aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standard for Principals and considers theory that guides self reflection, self improvement and self development. The subject also explores the importance of school leaders behaving with integrity and moral purpose.
Intended learning outcomes
- Analyse and integrate the key frameworks that explore authentic leadership and school leadership
- Understand and apply the reflective-practitioner model in creating educational change.
- Understand and apply a positive psychology approach to school leadership
- Critically evaluate the empirical research that examines inner leadership.
- Develop your school leadership skills.
- Reflective and narrative skills will be fostered through the use of storytelling as an in-class technique and through reflective assignment work.
- Problem solving skills and critical thinking skills will be fostered through the on-line forums, the analysis of educational research articles, during in class exercises and discussion and by applying theories to your own school as a case study.
- Written communication skills will be developed through the assignment work.
- Work with the interplay of research, practice, and theory within the broad discipline of school leadership.
- Balancing the needs of key stakeholders.
Last updated: 6 December 2019