Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module aims to provide teachers and leaders of educational institutions with the critical understanding and capacities to create effective change. It explores models of change and the role of change agents. The impact of the external educational policy environment and of individual institutional cultures, in creating barriers to change or opportunities to promote it, is also examined. Participants will evaluate their individual situations, then pinpoint and explore an area for enquiry leading to improvement. They will also be expected to identify how their leadership and/or management capacities might require further development in order to achieve and sustain effective change.
Ideologies at work in the policy field
Distinguishing change from improvement
The problem of entropy
Processes of growth and decline
Change in loosely coupled systems
HT effects on school performance
Top down and bottom up influencing
Change technologies and their use
On successful completion of this module, the student should have:
1. critical understanding of the processes of change leadership and management, from identification of need to successfully embedded new practice;
2. the ability to evaluate provision within their area of professional responsibility (e.g. in their classroom, department/faculty, or across the whole institution) and identify what change might be required within it;
3. critical understanding of how to provide support, challenge, information and development necessary to sustain the motivation of others and secure improvement;
4. analysed and drawn conclusions for future practice within their area of professional responsibility, including any relevant areas for their own personal development which have arisen;
5. developed further knowledge and understanding of research methods and tools appropriate to postgraduate enquiry and applied them to the leadership and management of change.
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