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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Collaboration and Leadership
Module Code SI705
School 74
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eamonn McCauley
Semester 2: Eamonn McCauley
Autumn: Eamonn McCauley
Module TeachersLeanne Connolly
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This core module will seek to develop within course participants a nuanced understanding of key processes involved in the successful and sustainable adoption of change that ensures greater inclusion for diverse learners in educational settings and systems. It also aims to develop in those who undertake it the dispositions, skills and capacities they will need to work effectively and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholder groups towards this goal. These stakeholders include learners, parents, colleagues, managers, trustees, other professional groups and members of the wider school community. It will prepare participants to work pro-/actively to build momentum for such change and to assist with initiating, sustaining, facilitating, leading, managing and evaluating processes of change at various levels within the educational system.

Learning Outcomes

1. Work collaboratively with and provide effective leadership to learners, parents, colleagues, other professionals and all stakeholders regarding the sharing of information and the provision of effective education to diverse learners.
2. Empower learner self-advocacy and acting as an advocate on their behalf where appropriate.
3. Discuss and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to engage effectively and collaboratively in curriculum development, differentiation and implementation that takes account of the full range of leaning dispositions to be found in the teaching and learning contexts in which they work.
4. Gather feedback from a range of sources within their teaching and learning environments (especially colleagues, learners and parents) and evaluate this critically within a reflective process that focuses on promoting change towards greater inclusion.
5. Critically analyse different models of organisation deployed in Irish educational contexts in terms of their appropriateness and how effectively they support the inclusion of all learners.
6. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of key theories and ideas relating to leadership and change that can usefully inform the development of inclusive practice and provision in educational contexts.
7. Critically evaluate issues surrounding the areas of change and change management at the levels of individual, class, department, school/centre and at the wider system level.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
• Change knowledge and wisdom. • Change advocacy and agentry towards inclusive educational provision. • Leading, managing and facilitating change. • Leadership for Inclusion • Stakeholder Voice. • Effective listening and communication skills. • Contexts for collaboration. • Theories of collaboration and collaborative practice in working with learners, colleagues (e.g. co-/team-teaching), parents, other professionals and stakeholder).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Engage in discussion groups and write a reflective report on the application of collaborative and leadership knowledge/principles within participants’ current teaching and learning contexts.55%n/a
Completion of online activityPost critically reflective contributions to online discussion fora and engage in group discussions relating to issues of change and change management relating to inclusive provision in educational settings.45%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

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    GDILSGrad Dip in Incl.Ed Learning Supp.&Sp.Ed
    GDISEGraduate Dip Inclusive and Spec Ed

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