EDM145-Educational Leadership and Management Independent Study

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Karen Jones

Email: karen.jones@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module aims to provide a space for the student to reflect critically on their professional practice and development, in a topic area of their choice, through engaging with appropriate literature and research in the field of educational leadership and management and by producing a piece of written coursework. The chosen topic may be covered by validated modules not running at a particular time or may be rooted in the student’s immediate personal and professional development framework. 


  • To identify a topic of central concern to the student’s personal and professional development, related to an area of educational leadership and management but not taught on the course as offered

  • To negotiate, with the module convenor, a learning contract including appropriate aims and learning outcomes

  • To conduct a literature search and other suitable investigations to establish an academic base for the student’s field of study

  • To devise and submit an appropriate assignment whose marking criteria reflect the learning outcomes identified below.

Assessable learning outcomes:

This module will also allow students to:

  • Identify and locate sources of information

  • Discriminate between sources of information

  • Produce well-structured and well-argued assessments

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The content of this module will depend upon the topic chosen by the student. However, all topics must be related to an aspect of educational leadership and management and to the overall aims of the programme. The chosen topic may be covered by validated modules not running at a particular time or may be rooted in the student’s immediate personal and professional development framework. 

Supervision will be co-ordinated by the module leader, but will be allocated according to the topic chosen. 

Here is a list of possible topics:

  • Gender and women leaders

  • Identity and educational leadership

  • Distributed leadership: Power Sharing or Delegation of Responsibilities

  • Teacher Leadership: Working with Pupils inside the Classroom and Working with Other teachers outside the Classroom

  • The Management of Professional Development of Teachers

  • Emotional Perspectives on Leadership and Management

  • The Performance Management of Teachers

  • Leading and Managing Professional Learning Communities

Global context:

Depending on the student’s professional background, research for this module may be conducted in an international setting and need not be UK based. For example, previous studies have been carried out in educational systems in China and Cyprus.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Initial group meeting, one to one tutorials, on-line support materials.

Please note: There are different delivery models for this module as it is part of a number of modules being delivered through a summer school/blended learning approach as well as being offered as a taught module during term time

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 190
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A negotiated task equivalent to a 5,000 word report (100%). This will be related to a specific aspect of educational leadership and management as chosen by the student, in consultation with the module leader. To be submitted prior to the start of the Autumn term (2nd week in September).


Formative assessment methods:

Students are required to submit a research proposal form which needs to be approved by the module leader before any research is carried out.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no set texts for this module.
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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