EDLED505-22A (NET)

Educational Leadership for Social Justice

30 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Paper Description

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This paper will encourage you to critically examine the theory and research in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally which relates to social justice. You will examine social justice issues within educational contexts and explore the implications that leading in socially just ways has for educational leaders.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught entirely online between Monday 7 March and Friday 10 June 2022. You will access the classes via the Moodle website: http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

There will be three main areas of focus which are delivered as core modules:

  1. Conceptualising social justice within educational leadership;
  2. Examining social justice issues that educational leaders need to be concerned about;
  3. Application of your understandings of leading for social justice in your leadership context.

It is essential that you are able to navigate your way around the Moodle site, as this is where the class discussions take place, where you post comments, share ideas and submit assessment items. If you have any issues with access please contact the ITS student help desk. Learning online can be challenging and rewarding, and to get the most out this paper, your online contributions are an important part of the learning process.

The teaching staff in this paper do not facilitate or respond to comments over the weekend or on public holidays. Therefore it is important to plan your time effectively and begin your contributions early in the week to allow for rich and insightful discussions to form as the week progresses.

The trimester teaching recess is from Monday, 18 April until Sunday, 1 May 2022. There will be no teaching during the Easter break (Friday 15-Tuesday 19 April) and Anzac Day holiday (Monday 25 April). Students are not required to contribute online during these periods, but may wish to continue reading, researching and preparing for upcoming assessment tasks.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound understanding of the literature and theory relating to social justice and educational leadership
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  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of literature and theory relating to social justice in a specific area of interest and concern
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  • Understand the implications of leading for social justice and the obligations these present for educational leaders
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  • Engage knowledge and skills to confidently debate and critically discuss issues of injustice within and across education contexts
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  • Apply knowledge of leading for social justice to make a difference in personal leadership contexts
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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 and is based on participation, coursework and assignments. There is no external assessment component such as an examination.

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 are two assignments in this paper - a position paper, and an annotated bibliography which informs the creation of a Prezi. The details of each in terms of structure, length 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.

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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. Assignment 1: Position Paper Educational Leadership and Social Justice
17 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2A: Research Topic - Issues of Social Justice
5 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 2B: Implications and Obligations
5 Jun 2022
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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There is no required textbook for this paper. Readings provided in the paper are through the online readings list available from https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/DF99EACF-B318-8EE8-4188-C3ED12958836.html?lang=en-US&login=1.

The link for the readings can also be found on the paper Moodle Site. The readings are allocated weekly and purposely selected to provide an introduction to key concepts, seminal and current research. The paper outline and list also contain references to other important works. To access the required readings for each week, go to the Readings List tab located on the Waikato Library homepage.

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Recommended Readings

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The following text is recommended for this paper:

McNae, R., Morrison, M. & Notman, R. (2017). Educational Leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice. Wellington: New Council of Educational Research.

The following journals are online and provide a useful foundation for research literature. They can be accessed using the Library Catalogue. (See section 5 in the Virtual Education Reference Desk (VERD) in Moodle).

Electronic Journal Titles

Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice

Management in Education

Educational Leadership

Journal of Educational Leadership

Journal of Educational Management

Journal for School Leadership

School Organisation

Gender, Work and Organisation

Journal of Educational Administration

Gender and Education

Educational Researcher

American Educational Research Journal

Advancing Women in Leadership (electronic journal)

International Electronic Journal of Leadership and Learning

NZ Journal of Educational Leadership (Vol. 19 2004)

Journal of Women and Educational Leadership (Vol. 45, No 6, 2007)

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Online Support

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Across the paper there is a series of online tasks, designed to support you with your learning. All tasks will be accessed via Moodle, however, you will need to also use the library website (and may use the actual physical library), and a range of webpages to help you complete this paper.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle is used for class notices (Announcements). It is your responsibility to check the site regularly and read the Moodle email notifications. Instructions provided in this way on Moodle and in lectures are whole class notices. For enquiries regarding ICT issues, please seek support from help@waikato.ac.nz
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This paper has a credit value of 30 points. University regulations stipulate an expected total student workload for the paper of 150 hours. The paper involves different time commitments which accumulate at different times across the whole semester. There will be times when you are working online in the forum discussions, and other times where your time will be used for completing readings, preparing for class/online tasks and assignments.
You are expected to read widely and to become conversant with the library databases. Engagement in class discussion activities is critical to socio-constructivist models of interdependent learning and the formation of a community of learners. We encourage students to think with us and welcome contributions that open dialogue. At Masters level we embrace the concept of tuakana/ teina: that each one of us leads, teaches and learns.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper contributes to the Master of Educational Leadership Programme. The concepts and knowledge explored in this paper complement the compulsory papers, EDLED501 - Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives and EDLED502 - Educational Leadership: Organisational Development. This paper also links to EDLED504 - Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities, EDLED503 - Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring, and EDLED506 - Developing Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring.

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