EDM146-Key Concepts in Educational Leadership and Management

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Karen Jones

Email: karen.jones@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
In this module, students will critically analyse key concepts in 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 expected that, on successful completion 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 appropriate understanding of the key concepts and issues related to educational leadership and management
• To critically examine the literature associated with educational leadership and management and relate this to professional practice
• To critically examine theories, frameworks and conceptual models of leadership and management from education, and elsewhere, and relate these to professional practice
• To enable participants to reflect upon, and enhance, their own professional practice as educational leaders and managers
• To provide an opportunity for participants 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 participants 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
• Key theories 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

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 on-line material, handouts, self-directed tasks and directed reading.


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
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 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 5,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:
Students are required to submit a research proposal form by the midpoint of the module which needs to be approved by the module leader before any research is carried out. Students are also required to present their research ideas to the rest of the group for comments/feedback towards the end of the module.

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:

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: there are no required text books 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: 31 March 2017

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