ESA512 International Educational Leadership (8)

Drawing upon a comparative perspective, this subject will examine selected educational trends, practices, issues and debates from around the world. The subject will support analysis of the theoretical and philosophical assumptions underlying educational and leadership issues and provides for an in-depth examination of selected matters. The subject will consist of three distinct stages: (a) setting a focus for learning where students examine theoretical and philosophical assumptions underlying educational and leadership issues (b) immersion where students will undertake an in-depth examination of a particular issue (c) reflection, where students will further examine the assumptions underlying an issue and move to a clear articulation of a chosen topic for an in-depth analysis. Immersion entails experiential learning and/or in-depth examination of the issue. Reflection will include debriefing, reflection, and reporting of learning.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESA512. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to develop an understanding of current sociocultural, political and economic factors impacting on major educational issues;
  • be able to demonstrate a comparative view of issues and have the ability to use comparative frameworks in examining educational issues and practices;
  • be able to develop a capacity to assess local and international challenges from a multitude of vantage points;
  • be able to explore comparative analysis frameworks and their uses;
  • be able to develop a cross cultural/international perspective on key issues (e.g. purpose of schooling, access and opportunity, teacher professionalism, accountability and leadership);
  • be able to demonstrate an enhanced ability to problem solve and reflect upon case studies from a crosscultural and international perspective; and
  • be able to show a deep knowledge and understanding, from a comparative perspective, of a chosen area of educational endeavour.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- overview of current socio-cultural, political and economic factors impacting on education; - developing a comparative perspective; - examining prevailing theoretical bases (modern, post-modern and post structuralist theories; - exploration of comparative analysis frameworks and their use in exploring international issues; - cross cultural/international perspectives on the purpose of schooling, educational access and opportunity, teacher professionalism, educational accountability, educational leadership and the impact on education of globalisation; and, - Comparative research: purpose and process.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.