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This subject will critically examine the research evidence linking quality teaching with student outcomes within the context of contemporary educational theory, policy and practice. Of central interest will be the role of leadership, and in particular approaches to instructional leadership, in promoting, developing and providing quality teaching and student learning. Key aspects include successful change management, effective teacher professional learning and the importance of evidence and data. Candidates will conduct a self-assessment of their capabilities against the research literature on effective instructional leadership and the National Professional Standard for Principals (AITSL). This subject aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standard for Principals.
Intended learning outcomes
- Understand contemporary theories and research evidence on quality teaching for student learning and development.
- Understand the current international context of educational theory, policy and practice as it relates to leadership for teaching and learning.
- Understand the essential features of instructional leadership and how effective instructional leaders create the conditions where teachers can teach successfully and students can learn.
- Understand approaches to successful change management in education.
- Understand the features of effective collaborative professional learning in education.
- Reflect and self-assess current instructional capabilities against the literature and professional standards.
- Problem solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems.
- Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments.
- Collaborative and teamwork skills through working with fellow students and with work-based colleagues through investigations and problem solving.
- To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches.
- Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines.
- Verbal and communication skills.
- Interpersonal skills including staff supervision and development.
- Change management skills.
- Use of evidence and data.
Last updated: 6 December 2019