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EDU8233 : Future of Educational Leadership and Practitioner Research

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lisa Ramshaw
  • Lecturer: Professor Rene Koglbauer
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module is available to students with an interest in the future of educational leadership and practitioner research in order to prepare for leadership practice in the future;

To develop knowledge and skills in educational leadership and consider how it has evolved through research;

To promote critical engagement with educational leadership research and evidence as an integral part of professional development for self and others;

To be familiar with a range of educational leadership research methods and be able to evaluate their appropriateness;

The future of educational leadership at all levels of educational organisations is of interest, particularly post-pandemic. This module is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of educational leadership issues within their own work context and understand what the future educational leadership trends are. Using a workshop approach, the future of educational leadership and management theory, including the concept of digital leadership skills, will be used to underpin the students’ review of research methodologies to understand appropriate research design.

Outline Of Syllabus

Part 1 (sessions 1-3): Looking at the future of educational leadership
Introduction to the module. Educational leadership trends and developments; future of educational leadership predictions; transformational leadership for the managing future change; digital leadership skills. Identification of topics for poster presentation. Support for accessing further literature and groupwork skills.

Part 2 (sessions 5-6): Investigating educational leadership
Investigating secondary data and how to analyse it. Understanding what this data informs us about the future of educational leadership and associated needs within the next decade.

Part 3 (session 7-8):
Developing an understanding of appropriate research approaches and methods for educational leadership. Research ethics. Support for developing investigation methodology and practitioner study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1115:00115:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading86:0048:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:3015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work112:0012:00Poster presentation preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time42:008:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture / workshop input will provide the students with the necessary background theory, both of future educational leadership trends and research methodology.
The process of enquiry is supported through workshops to encourage individual and group learning, to promote critical engagement with the literature and evidence collected.
Supported self-study materials will be provided, together with guidance on research practice in educational contexts. Individual tutorials, and electronic support, will address the individual needs of students.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M100Set at beginning of module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be submitting a portfolio of evidence consisting of the following components:

- Group poster presentation on Future of Educational Leadership (1000 words equivalent) (30% of portfolio);

- Written portfolio assignment tasks (i.e., Positioning paper) focusing on secondary data analysis and research methodology in the context of educational leadership in the UK and globally (3000 words) (70% of portfolio).

Reading Lists