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EDUC6345 Leadership in Education

Module Overview

The module will provide an introduction to theories of leadership, leadership in the field of education, teacher instructional leadership for capacity building and leadership for learning to sustain school improvement.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appreciate existing theories and models of leadership
  • Apply theories and models of leadership to a variety of educational contexts and practices
  • Communicate your own ideas and arguments effectively in written and oral forms.
  • Critically reflect on your own leadership practices.
  • Apply theories and models to a variety of educational settings and contexts
  • Critically assess contemporary issues emerging in the area of educational leadership
  • Appreciate the role of attitudes, values and social and cultural influences in leadership
  • Engage with high quality research in the area of educational leadership and management
  • Evaluate the main theories of leadership
  • Critically examine how such theories influence specific leadership processes adopted within an institution or organisation
  • Critically reflect on your own leadership skills and experience and/or those demonstrated in a context/individual with which you are familiar
  • Analyse the role of the leader in the processes of organisational change and development


Theories of leadership including: hierarchical, distributed, contingency, authentic, situational, transformational. Understanding organisational change and development.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, workshops (including those with common institutional and cross institutional focus), seminars, small group tutorials.

Completion of assessment task80
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Wider reading or practice60
Follow-up work24
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

The Essentials of School Leadership. 

Distributed Leadership in Higher Education: Rhetoric and Reality.. 

Defining the Effects of Transformational Leadership on Organisational Learning: across-cultural comparison. School Leadership & Management. ,22 , pp. 439-452.

Understanding Systems Leadership: Securing Excellence and Equity in Education (Continuum). 

Sustainable Leadership. 

The Moral Imperative of School Leadership. 

Handbook of Instructional Leadership: How Successful Principals Promote Teaching and Learning. 

The Principles of Education Leadership & Management. 

Leadership and Management in Education: Cultures, Change, and Context. 

Understanding College and University Organization. 

Learning to Read Critically in Educational Leadership and Management. 

Organizational culture and leadership. 

Distributed Leadership. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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