Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Study Visit Abroad

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Leadership for Learning and Innovation

DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to provide course participants with the opportunity to spend up to two weeks abroad within an educational institution to explore specific leadership and management aspects that they may be particularly interested in. The study visit abroad will provide participants a unique opportunity to study specific themes in another context thus helping participants to appreciate how concepts are contextually bound; how different institutions view the same concepts; and what organisational structures are created in order to take their school/institution forward.

The type of work undertaken will be determined through the personal interests that the course participants have or may be developing as a result of their engagement in the course. Course participants will work in pairs and undertake a study visit abroad together.

By the end of the visit course participants will be required to submit a report and make a presentation. This will serve as a showcase of what has been learnt and shared with others.

Financial costs to undertake the study visit will be borne by the students themselves. Students will also be encouraged to establish links with potential schools/organisations they would like to visit.

Study-Unit Aims:

The main aim behind this study-unit is to provide course participants with the opportunity to explore particular aspects in the area of educational leadership and management (e.g. governance; communication; school development; parental engagement; financial management; pastoral care) in a foreign context. It allows participants to engage in discussions, observation sessions, participation in meetings, reviewing documents, etc., so that they gain firsthand information, insights and learn how colleagues working abroad handle them.

The intent is to provide course participants with the opportunity to engage in pairs so that their is greater opportunity to reflect, engage and debate issues. Furthermore, participants will work towards presenting both a Report on their experience abroad and make a presentation thus ensuring that course participants will not only learn from their own individual experiences but also from their colleagues.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe, illustrate and critique on how particular aspects of school life/ organisational life are handled in a foreign context;
- Examine and evaluate the culture of a given institution;
- Learn to appreciate the way particular aspects are addressed and handled in a foreign context;
- Investigate, synthesise, write and explain how particular aspects are being lived-in within a specific context.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Use the skills in writing questions for an interview or a focus group specifically addressing a particular area of interest;
- Practice the skills of participant observation, classroom observer, and/or interviewing;
- Write a report about the issues studied and present them to the rest of the group.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

The main sources of reference will be course material presented in other core units carried out prior to this Elective Study-Unit being provided in the 4th Semester.

Documents that the participants will refer to will be provided by the host institutions.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Lecture, Seminar & Tutorials

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) Yes 40%
Report Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Christopher G. Bezzina

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