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Issues and Challenges in School Improvement: International Perspectives PG (10353.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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School improvement is the most important aim of many school reforms around the world. High performing schooling systems such as Finland and East Asian countries place sustainable school improvement at the core of their education policies (Sahlberg, 2011). Then, how and what have these countries done for school improvement? What school improvement initiatives (e.g., leadership and teaching practices) have been shown to influence better learning for students? How do we know how good (or effective) our schools are? This unit seeks to answer these questions by addressing a series of key issues and challenges in school improvement internationally. Specifically, the unit focuses on discussing the aims of school improvement in the context of school reforms, effective school leadership, teacher professional community, measuring schooling outcomes in the era of accountability, diverse populations and school improvement, and best practices in school improvement. The unit uses a growing body of research literature from various societal contexts, including Australia, USA, UK, Finland, Hong Kong, and South Korea, to name a few.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Develop understandings of key issues and challenges in school improvement, drawn from selected schooling systems;

2. Gain awareness of the changing contexts in school improvement internationally, and

3. Develop critical perspectives in evaluating contemporary policies and practices relating to school improvement.

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