EDUC 7068 - Leading Positive Change

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

In this course, students will explore positive leadership theory. This approach focuses on the process of creating pathways for positive leadership and is illustrated by examples of outcomes that far exceed what is expected in education. The course examines evidence-based principles, including appreciative inquiry, which aims to promote educational outcomes including exceptional performance, better interpersonal skills, and positive emotions. Finally, students in this course will examine the process required to develop the best of humanity or virtuousness in education and what that means for leadership in general.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7068
    Course Leading Positive Change
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 36 hours blended intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description In this course, students will explore positive leadership theory. This approach focuses on the process of creating pathways for positive leadership and is illustrated by examples of outcomes that far exceed what is expected in education. The course examines evidence-based principles, including appreciative inquiry, which aims to promote educational outcomes including exceptional performance, better interpersonal skills, and positive emotions. Finally, students in this course will examine the process required to develop the best of humanity or virtuousness in education and what that means for leadership in general.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Mathew White

    A/Prof Mathew White
    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts
    The University of Adelaide
    Level 8.26, Nexus 10 Tower
    Adelaide SA 5005
    T: +61 (0)8 8313 5706
    E: mathew.white@adelaide.edu.au

    View Associate Professor White's Researcher Profile here
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Please note this course is taught in blended-intensive mode at Prince Alfred College 23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067.

    It is not taught onsite at the University of Adelaide.

    There will be two face-to-face Intensives, each with two days of activity. There are preparatory activities to complete before each Intensive period. You are also expected to contribute to online discussion boards to support your learning.

    Intensive Teaching Dates and expectations *

    Intensive One (9am - 5pm)
    Friday 16 August 2019
    Saturday 17 August 2019

    Intensive Two (9am - 5pm)
    Friday 20 September 2019
    Saturday 21 September 2019

    * A total of 80% attendance at both intensives is a requirement for students to pass this course. Attendance at Intensives is a coursework requirement.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to: APST*
    1 Appraise positive leadership theory for leading change.
    2 Critique positive leadership practice and processes.
    3 Construct your vision of positive leadership to create change.

    *Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) - https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,2,3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A reader is not required for this course as readings, along with resources, will be provided online via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional resources may be uploaded on MyUni during the course.
    Online Learning
    This course is delivered in blended mode and MyUni will be used extensively in this course for announcements, resources, and assessment. Students are expected to be actively checking the MyUni course page regularly for announcements, lecture slides, general course information, assessment details, intensives preparation, additional readings and suggested links. Please ensure you access the MyUni course page before the start of semester. This is your responsibility.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is a blended course delivered in two two-day face-to-face intensives on Fridays and Saturdays (9 – 5pm) with regular online activities to support student learning. Before and after each intensive, weekly discussion forums will strengthen your critical thinking skills and create class community. Intensives are highly interactive and may include expert guest speakers.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Delivery or Engagement Mode Hours
    Face-to-face intensive workshops (4 full days)*
    30-32 hours
    Online discussion 6-8 hours
    Assignments, reading and research (Approx 12 hours per week) 120 hours
    TOTAL 156 hours
    * A total of 80% attendance at both intensives is a requirement for students to pass this course. Attendance at Intensives is a coursework requirement.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Interactive Online Activities: Discussion Boards on MyUni
    Module* Topic
    1 What is positive change?
    2 Culture, context, values and building sustainable change

    Intensive 1: 16-17 August 2019 (Prince Alfred College)
    Module* Topic
    3 Defining positive change: influencers and motivators
    4 Culture, context, values and building sustainable change
    5 Evidence-based and research informed approaches to positive change 
    6 Leading positive change: competing values of leadership and effectiveness

    Interactive Online Activities: Discussion Boards on MyUni
    Module* Topic
    7 Reflecting on Intensive 1
    8 Appreciative Inquiry Discovery: What gives life?
    9 Appreciative Inquiry Dream: What might be?
    10 Appreciative Inquiry Design: How can it be?
    11 Appreciative Inquiry Destiny: What will it be?

    Intensive 2: 20-21 Sept 2019 (Prince Alfred College)
    Module* Topic
    12 Positive change processes: SOAR
    13 Positive change processes: intergenerational learning leadership
    14 Theory into Practice and Practice into Theory: International Case Studies
    15 Theory into Practice and Practice into Theory: International Case Studies

    Interactive Online Activities: Discussion Boards on MyUni
    Module* Topic
    16 Reflecting on Intensive 2
    17 Learning application
    18 Course Wrap-up & Reflection
    * PLEASE NOTE: Modules are not weeks

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome APST
    2000-word Literature Review Summative 35% 1,2,3
    2000-word Research Essay Summative 45% 1, 2, 3
    Discussion Forum (x4) Summative 20% 1, 2
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to attend all sessions.
    • Criteria used to assess students’ work will be distributed and discussed in class.
    • To gain a pass, a mark of at least 50% must be obtained on ALL assessed component as well as a total of at least 50% overall.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Description Due Date
    Literature Review
    (2000 words; 35%)
    After reflecting on the many discussions during the first intensive choose a topic from the field of education leadership that interests you in consultation with your lecturer. Contemporary refers to within the past 10 years.  For example, topics could include the impact of organizational vision and mission; leading curriculum, instruction and assessment, leading school climate, culture; and approaches leading change.Write a literature review of peer-reviewed articles published over the past ten years.  

    Your review should:
    1. Determine what has already been written on a topic   
    2. Provide an overview of critical concepts
    3. Identify major relationships or patterns
    4. Identify strengths and weaknesses    
    5. Identify any gaps in the research
    6. Identify any conflicting evidence
    About the task: A literature review: provides an overview of information available on a subject identifies the main authors in the subject area evaluates the ideas in the sources included (rather than just describing them) includes your own interpretation of the findings.

    Word count: The word count is + or - 10% of the word count. The word count does not include tables, figures and references.  

    Please note:APA, Harvard, Vancouver or style can be used for referencing. Ensure you are consistent with your chosen referencing style throughout your paper. Please
    refer to the University of Adelaide Referencing Guides for assistance.
    Refer to MyUni
    Research Essay
    (2000 words; 45%)
    Choose one of the following questions and write a 2,000-word research essay:
    1. Kim Cameron claims, "Positive leaders enable extraordinary performance by associating the work being done with positive meaning ..." (Cameron, 2012, p. 74). Write an essay evaluating various leadership theories and models to address this challenge. You must refer to scholarly publications within the past 10 years of your essay to support your claims.
    2. Leading positive change is inherently linked with organisational culture. Critiquing scholarly publications within the past 10 years evaluate the validity of this claim.
    3. A topic developed in consultation with your lecturer.
    About the tasks: A common form of university assessment is the essay. The purpose of essays is for you to demonstrate your understanding of certain key concepts associated with your course and communicate this understanding in a formal, structured way. Essays involve more than simply repeating information from your readings and lecture. They require analysis rather than description, as well as an evaluation of the material and the formation of an argument or interpretation of the set topic.

    Word count: The word count is + or - 10% of the word count. The word count does not include tables, figures and references. 

    Please note: APA, Harvard, Vancouver or style can be used for referencing. Ensure you are consistent with your chosen referencing style throughout your paper. Please refer to the University of Adelaide Referencing Guides for assistance.
    Refer to MyUni
    Discussion Forums
    (20%)
    There are eight (8) discussion forums for this course. Four (4) discussion boards will be assessed where your comments will be assessed using a marking rubric. Students will complete a total of 6 hours’ worth of discussion boards over the duration of the course. Refer to MyUni
    Submission
    You must submit an assessment task in accordance with the specified deadline, format and lodgement instructions, except as provided in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. All submissions will be via MyUni. Specific information will be provided in the Assessment instructions for each item online. Students will be required to upload all written Assignment via Internet-based plagiarism detection service turnitin on MyUni.

    Faculty of Arts Late Assignment Policy

    Lateness Penalties: For work that is late without formal extension, 2 percentage points will be deducted from the mark for every day (or part thereof) the workis late to a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public holidays). For example, an assignment that is 3 days late: raw score of 80% - 6 marks lateness deduction = 74% final mark. For work with a formal extension, these penalties will apply from the extended due date.

    Cut-off date: There will be a cut-off date for each assignment 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after the original due date unless otherwise stipulated on MyUni. Work will not be accepted after the cut-off date, and a mark of zero will automatically be awarded for the assignment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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