Leading Improvements In Childhood Practice EDUC5123

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Investigation into the approaches required to lead a team in project.



Requirements of Entry

A first degree or equivalent

Access to a suitable work environment

Must have or be willing to undertake a practice qualification - SVQ/HNC/HND


Childhood Practice: Building a Professional Learning Community

Practice Placement A

Contemporary Perspectives on Children and Childhoods

Practitioner Enquiry and Decision-Making

Practice Placement B



The assignment is in two parts.


Students should consider the contested nature of leadership within Childhood Practice and delineate the importance of critical reflection in leadership for managing change. (2000 words +/-10%). 55%


In the context of a project for change that has been previously implemented, students will present a PowerPoint evaluation of their own leadership role and performance, indicating areas for improvements, strengths and weaknesses of the leadership styles adopted, and plans for future development. Students should consider how the concepts of change and improvement informed their leadership. 35%

Students will submit their PowerPoint slideshows (including references) for additional marking. 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims


■ To explore the role of managers/lead practitioners in leading change and improvement

■ To develop and critically appraise leadership skills in a change-orientated approach to leadership

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss the contested nature of the concept of leadership in Childhood Practice.

■ Describe the purpose of critical reflection in leadership.

■ Consider and reflect on their own leadership within the context of a change project in a Childhood Practice setting.

■ Reflect on how concepts of change and improvement can inform leadership in Childhood Practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at course and successful completion of assessment tasks.