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
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Turner

Email: c.k.turner@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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. A variety of theoretical models of leadership will be discussed and how these models might apply in practice.  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 potentially being able to undertake 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:


  • 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:


  • develop an increased depth to their understanding of a substantial body of knowledge




  • increase their ability to communicate complex information in oral communication

  • develop their IT and bibliographic skills

  • become more aware of the importance of leasdership and management in education at a time of increasing emphasis on performance and accountability in education  


Outline content:


  • The nature of educational leadership and management

  • Key theories of educational leadership and management

  • The ethical and moral dimensions of educational leadership and management

  • Culture and identity in relation to educational leadership and management

  • Leadership development


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 available on Blackboard and on-line reading lists, handouts, self-directed tasks and directed reading.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study: 175
       
Total hours by term 30
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One written assignment of 4,500 words.



NB  For the assignment, students will be required to undertake a small scale research project or carry out an in-depth, detailed literature review 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 4,500 words.


Formative assessment methods:

About half way through the teaching of this module, students will be required to write a 750 word piece of work which will then receive formative feedback about how it might be improved. This work will also make an important contribution to their final assignment.



Students are required to submit an assignment proposal form which will then be approved by the module leader.  They will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the rest of group for comments and feedback.


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:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:

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


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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