EDPROFST 782 : Educational Change

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Critically examines the purposes and processes of educational change, including a reflection on practices that promote successful outcomes for change initiatives. Processes of educational change in both New Zealand and international contexts will be studied and critiqued from individual, organisational and systemic perspectives. Focuses on leadership practices that have the potential to promote change for improvement.

Course Overview

The emphasis of this course is on examining the purposes and processes of educational change, including an analysis of practices that promote successful outcomes for change initiatives. Political, economic, and social inuences on educational change will be identied. Processes of educational change in both New Zealand and international contexts will be studied and critiqued from individual, organisational and systemic perspectives. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify theories of change that support educational improvement (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  2. Understand the importance of responding to the views of young people in educational change (Capability 2.1, 3.1, 4.3 and 6.1)
  3. Recognise the role of emotion in change (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  4. Use theories of effective educational change to critique practice (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2)
  5. Develop analytical skills to critically examine processes that promote and hinder change for improvement (Capability 3.1, 3.2 and 4.1)
  6. Communicate knowledge about effective processes of educational change with others (Capability 4.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Literature Review 45% Individual Coursework
Case Studies 45% Individual Coursework
Presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Literature Review
Case Studies

To pass this course you need to submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the course overall.
The assignments for this course require you to analyse your current or recent work as an educational leader/teacher.

Workload Expectations

Following University workload guidelines, a standard 15-point course represents approximately 150 hours of study, and a 30-point course represents about 300 hours of study.

This course is a standard 30-point course.

A typical semester including the study/exam period totals approximately 15 weeks. On average, students are expected to spend 20 hours per week in each 30-point course that they are enrolled in.

For this 30-point course you should expect to commit 36 hours to delivery of the course. You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 200-240 hours to independent learning. This may include reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem solving, undertaking practical tasks, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment, test and/or exam preparation and completion.

Some weeks you will spend more time on discussions and assignments than in other weeks, where the workload will be somewhat less. It is essential that you keep up with the prescribed readings and weekly discussions, engage with your lecturer and peers on discussion boards and complete all assignment tasks in a timely manner. We encourage you to attempt all activities and questions as they appear throughout the content. This will assist in reinforcing the learning objectives for that module and also help you to self-diagnose how you are going in each module. It will also give you an accurate point of reference when seeking help from your lecturer. To succeed in this course, you will need to read and engage with the learning materials in each module, and be prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. There is no final examination.

Delivery Mode


The course will include synchronous online events including group discussions and these will be recorded if appropriate. Attendance is optional for scheduled online activities.  
Attendance on campus is not required.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester with FOED mid-semester breaks. See the course schedule for associated completion dates and deadlines.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Changes have been made to this course in response to student feedback.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.