ECM710 - An Inquiry Based Approach to Leading with Data and Evidence


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning experiences including 1 optional scheduled weekend intensive each year


Alongside the growth of public accountability, education institutions have available to them a wide and growing range of data sources that provide evidence of student learning and help pinpoint trends across schools and education institutions. The growth of data and evidence in education poses great opportunities for education

leaders, and increasing demands on leaders to draw on data and evidence judiciously to navigate institutions and make informed decisions about strategy and direction. Successful leaders of education institutions do this in challenging times and in anticipation of future circumstances.

This unit considers the broader context in which the call for data and evidence sits, including greater public scrutiny of education institutions for trends in learning outcomes, and expectations of the broader community for schools to lead communities. This unit considers the link between data sources and evidence which support an inquiry-based approach to leadership, to support the identification of strengths and weaknesses of education institutions, and to support specific changes.

The first half of the unit considers the growth of evidence based and data informed leadership, highlighting the centrality of leadership in crafting narratives which make sense of trends and identifying challenges and opportunities for education institutions.

The second half of the unit considers the role of the leadership in decision-making drawing on data and evidence informed change processes.  

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