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Understanding Schools (EDUC90751)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90751
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The structure, organisation and culture of schools are critically explored through the conceptual tool of framing. Several frames are used to understand the typical forms schools take, and how people are organized in these forms. Re-framing, organizational behaviour, and successful school leadership conceptions provide the necessary conceptual lenses to critique school structure, organisation, and culture, whilst, several views of change management are used to explore why these forms are enduring, The subject also explore how schools can be transformed to respond to the contemporary learning needs of students. The ideas explored provide the foundation for developing school success within an instructional leadership orientation. This subject aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standard for Principals.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of the construction of schools and school systems, and how these influence instructional leadership practice and development of outstanding student outcomes (broadly conceived).
  • Demonstrate how the conceptual tool of framing can be applied to understanding schools
  • Demonstrate understanding of the conceptions and practices of school change.
  • Writing informed analysis and critique of school organisational issues.

Generic skills

  • Engage in collaborative team work
  • Provide formative critique of the writing of other students.
  • Engage in reflective development of professional understanding and practice.
  • Identify contemporary challenges for schools and school systems.

Last updated: 11 November 2018