Summary module description:
In this module, students will critically analyse key aspects of educational leadership and management theory and practice within the context of an ever changing political climate and an increasing culture of both market and government accountability. Crucially, the module will examine moral and ethical aspects of educational leadership and management and students will reflect on, and challenge, some of the underlying values present within leadership and management practice in today’s education sector. By drawing on current research evidence, critically reflecting on their own practice, and undertaking empirical research, it is hoped that at the end of the module students will come to a better understanding of their own role and identity as an education leader and manager which, in turn, will positively affect the institutions within which they work.

Aims:
•To develop an understanding of the key concepts and issues related to educational leadership and management
•To develop students’ skills to critically examine the literature associated with educational leadership and management and relate this to professional practice
•To facilitate students to critically examine theories, frameworks and conceptual models of leadership and management from education, and elsewhere, and relate these to professional practice
•To enable students’s to reflect upon, and enhance, their own professional practice as educational leaders and managers
•To provide an opportunity for students’s to undertake a small-scale research study in the area of educational leadership and management within their own institution

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
•Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and issues surrounding educational leadership and management and how these relate to political, cultural and societal influences
•Critically examine the literature associated with educational leadership and management and relate this to professional practice
•Critically examine theories, frameworks and conceptual models of leadership and management from education and elsewhere and relate these to professional practice
•Reflect upon and enhance their own professional practice as educational leaders and managers

Additional outcomes:
•Students will have developed increased depth to their understanding of a substantial body of knowledge
• Students will have increased their ability to communicate complex information in oral communication

Outline content:
•The nature of educational leadership and management
•The ethical and moral dimension of educational leadership and management
•Culture and identity in relation to educational leadership and management
•Accountability, evaluation and effectiveness
•Leading and managing change
•Leading and managing teams
•Professional development

Global context:
This module will draw on Western theories of Leadership and Management in the main, but reference will also be made to other international contexts as appropriate (for example, China, Saudi Arabia) and how the international economic environment affects global organisational leadership and management practice (for example, the privatisation of Higher Education, globalisation and market forces).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning activities will include lectures and seminars, peer-led group discussions, and individual/group tutorials. Independent study will be facilitated by handouts, self-directed tasks and directed reading, together with on-line learning tasks to help achieve the intended learning outcomes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 280
       
Total hours by term 300.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

For the assignment, students will be required to undertake a small scale research project on a topic of their choice related to Educational Leadership and Management. Exact topics will be negotiated with the module leader. This research project is then to be written up and submitted as a research report of 6,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will receive feedback on a draft of the assignment.

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

Length of examination:
n/a

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
One resubmission only. Resubmission is negotiated to be no longer than three calendar months of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
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: 31 March 2017

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