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Fundamentals of Educational Leadership and Change (Unit Description)

Organisations (including schools) everywhere today are experiencing ongoing and discontinuous change. Despite the ubiquitous nature of change – reforms, restructurings, innovations – many are not implemented as originally conceived. This unit examines the drivers of many of the changes in education today, identifies facilitators and barriers to successful change, and seeks to help students better understand some of the complexities of change processes in organisations today.

Required Readings:

Fullan, M. (2000). The three stories of education reformPhi Delta Kappan81(8), 581.

Cuban, L. (1990). Reforming again, again, and againEducational researcher19(1), 3-13.

Reyes, Vicente (2015) How do school leaders navigate ICT educational reform? Policy learning narratives from a Singapore context. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 18 3: 365-385.

Suggested Readings:

The Wallace Foundation. (2007). Education Leadership: A Bridge to School Reform. Paper presented at the The Wallace Foundation’s National Conference (October 22-24, 2007), New York City.

Leithwood, K., Harris, A., & Hopkins, D. (2008). Seven strong claims about successful school leadership. School Leadership and Management, 28(1), 27-42.

Reyes, V. C. (2009). Case study of implementation amidst corruption linkages the National Textbook Delivery Program TDP of the Philippine Department of Education. Journal of Education Policy, 24(4), 515-535.

Assessment Task:

For the Fundamentals of Educational Leadership and Change, paticipants are required to complete a Progress Report of their Transformational Action Plan (TAP). This Progress Report captures the progress of each member’s TAP focusing on a guided reflection on progress (i.e. actual versus planned goals and objectives) related to their respective Transformational Action Plans. An important component of the Progress Report is the inclusion of relevant artefacts from the target institution and its respective stakeholders that provide evidence of educational transformations.

Additional Resources (Face-to-Face (F2F) Sessions)

Policy as a component of reform

Three Stories of Reform – Evidence from a Singapore case

Singapore Education System_From Good to Great Lesson to be learned

School Leaders and Reforms – A Close Look at the Singapore Example

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