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Educational Leadership and Policy

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU80019

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit focuses on developing what it means to be a leader in a contemporary educational setting. It explores key challenges in developing leadership capabilities. Contemporary theories about educational leadership are examined in a national context, and pre-service teachers will be encouraged to reflect on current and likely future issues facing schools and school leaders.

The content around these topics will add to pre-service teachers’ understanding of the dynamics between leadership, culture and change, and the challenges for leaders. Pre-service teachers will develop skills to make sense of and constructively respond to, policies within organisational contexts.


  • Educational Leadership in a changing world
  • Policy agendas, policy drivers, twenty first century learning
  • Challenges in developing educational leadership
  • Public education, role of the state, internationalism, globalisation/legislation and responsibilities
  • Leadership styles, purpose of educational leadership, roles, governance of schools
  • Leadership concepts and theories
  • Sustainable and effective leadership
  • Women in educational leadership, multiculturalism, diversity, Indigenous leadership
  • Democratic leadership, teachers, students, communities
  • Complexity theories and organisations
  • Teachers, students, communities – action plans

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