Issues and Challenges in School Improvement: International Perspectives PG (10353.1)
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|Academic Program Area - Education||Post Graduate Level|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Welcome to this unit. I am looking forward to meeting you and exploring the concepts, policies, practices, and issues of “School Improvement” together. I am excited to have such a richly diverse group of students and know that the variety of perspectives will add greatly to your experience and learning over the coming semester. The unit is delivered across 7 weeks with significant learning engagement (i.e., workshops and tutorials) and aims to bring together theoretical and research knowledge with understandings of how policy and reform impact school improvement practices across a range of settings.
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in a post-graduate course in Education.
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All readings and materials are listed and uploaded on the unit canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas dropbox. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Special assessment requirements
Normally an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The expected workload of the unit is:
approximately, individual reading (40 hours), learning activities (40 hours), and assessment tasks (70 hours).
Students should be aware that all assignments are compulsory. Non-submission (or late submission) of the assignments could result in a fail.
It is recognized that sometimes absence (i.e., online meeting) is unavoidable. However, if students are absent more than half of the sessions in this unit, their engagement with the unit could be considered unsatisfactory.
All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate).
Required IT skills
Use of Canvas (including Virtual Room)
Work placement, internships or practicums
All assignments should be submitted to Canvas.