Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit develops students' understanding of leadership and management in local and international early childhood educational contexts. It focuses on key theories, approaches, models and styles of leadership as a foundation for professional practice. Students explore the political, cultural and socio-economic influences on leadership and address the broader dimensions of being a contemporary professional including service management, professional leadership, research, advocacy, professional ethics, inter-agency networking and working effectively in the broader community. They examine the notion of 'inter-professional learning' and the 'ethics of care' which require commitments to ethical relationships, pedagogical knowledge, critical thinking and intellectual engagement.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand leadership and management in local and international early childhood education contexts
  2. critically analyse different approaches to leadership and apply this to a broad range of educational contexts
  3. apply leadership knowledge in working with and establishing policies as informed by mandated requirements and current issues
  4. understand the importance and impact of social, cultural and political factors on leadership roles in educational settings and the implications of these for children's learning
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of leadership in a dynamic educational environment and an ability to make professional and ethical decisions.


Investigation of a leadership challenge (2000 words, 50%)
Research project on leadership and management in early education contexts (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study