EDLED502-20B (NET)

Educational Leadership: Organisational Change and Development

30 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Paper Description

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Objectives/Learning Goals

This paper critically examines theories of organisation, organisational culture and change. It explores the nature and characteristics of effective professional communities, strategies for building collective efficacy, and the central role of leaders in educational improvement and innovation.

EDLED502 Educational Leadership: Organisational Development is one of two core papers for the Master of Educational Leadership (MEdLeadership) and a core paper in the Master of Educational Management (MEdM) degree.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will be taught fully online in Trimester B 2020 from Monday, 13 July until Friday, 16 October 2020.

The paper is divided into three interrelated themes. These are:

Theme 1: Understanding organisational culture

  • Introduction to organisation: organisational types, theory and models
  • Defining organisational culture
  • Examining and assessing organisational culture

Theme 2: Building professional community

  • Professional communities: professional learning communities (PLCs), communities of practice (CoPs), communities of learning/Kahui ako (CoLS)
  • Characteristics of effective learning communities
  • Building collective efficacy
  • PLCs and organisational learning

Theme 3: Leading organisational change

  • Theories of change including Lewin’s model and the emergence of Organisational Development (OD).
  • Approaches to leading change and the role of the change agent.
  • Micropolitics and resistance to change.
  • Sustaining organisational change.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of organisations and organisational culture
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  • Distinguish between different forms of professional community
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  • Compare and contrast theories of organisational change
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  • Discern and critique organisational culture, learning and change processes
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  • Determine change priorities and develop a change plan for a selected initiative/innovation
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  • Develop a mindset for managing and leading organizational change
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Please note that your assignments may be photocopied for internal and/or external moderation purposes.

This paper is 100% internally assessed, based on participation, coursework and assignments.

Assessments emphasise the link with critical theory and provide students with the opportunity to examine and enhance their own understandings and practices within their own educational settings.

There is a cultural audit, a literature review, and a planned change presentation. The details of each in terms of length, structure and criteria for assessment are set out below.

You are advised to study the requirements carefully and keep a copy of each assignment that you submit. The assignments and dates on which they are due are included in this outline so you can make an immediate start on planning and organising your schedule of study. More in-depth assignment guidance will be provided as required.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Cultural Audit
9 Aug 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assessment 2: Literature Review
13 Sep 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assessment 3: Planned Change Presentation
11 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Suggested readings are offered online (refer Paper Readings List) and represent a useful starting point. At masters level, students are expected to read widely and expand their literature base beyond paper readings.
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Online Support

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This paper is taught fully online through Moodle.

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This paper has a credit value of 30 points. Students are expected to read widely and to become conversant with the library databases. Students are encouraged to engage in critically reflective discussions with their lecturers and peers as engagement in online discussion is critical to the formation of a community of learners. Students will be part of a learning community that welcomes contributions that open dialogue. It is important to note that masters level papers demand academic rigour and an average of 10-15 hours study each week (full-time). Students are likely to intensify study efforts as assessment deadlines approach and may well exceed the workload guideline.

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