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1st Edition

Delivering Educational Change in Higher Education
A Transformative Approach for Leaders and Practitioners

ISBN 9780367147846
Published February 13, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Presenting leadership of educational change in higher education as a dynamic, collaborative, and evolving area, Delivering Educational Change in Higher Education provides rich examples of how new ways of working are being adopted and adapted. It brings together leaders and practitioners, as authors and readers, to share their experiences of whole organisational change.

Across the chapters, common threads highlight the importance of organisational context, of shared or distributed leadership, and the critical need for continuous learning in and on action by reflective readers. Linking case studies to a range of practical models and theories, this book:

  • Explores established paradigms and models of change management and leadership.
  • Offers examples from a diverse range of institutional contexts.
  • Models critical reflective practice in the leadership of educational change.
  • Addresses the future of educational developers working collaboratively with an increasingly diverse higher education workforce.

Providing rare insights into ‘the what’ and ‘the how’ of change management and leadership, this book will be of interest to senior managers, educators, programme leaders, and educational developers who are all working in collaborative ways to enact positive change for student learning and experience.

Table of Contents

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Part I Current Context of Leading Educational Change in Higher Education

1 A tailored undertaking: the challenge of context and culture for developing transformational leadership and change agency Steve Outram and Doug Parkin

Reader’s response Patrick Crookes

2 Leading change: what went right and what went wrong Maureen Snow Andrade

Reader’s response Ilario Savi

3 Overcoming ‘change without change’ – co-creation, creativity and sustainable change Mary Bishop, Paul Gentle and Doug Parkin

Reader’s response Venka Purushothaman

4 Fostering open educational practices: communities or networks? Andy Lane

Reader’s response Robert Schuwer

Part II Developing People and Leaders for a Changing Educational Context

5 Leading a step-change in scholarship in college higher education John Lea, Gail Hall and Jenny Lawrence

Reader’s response Leesa Wheelahan

6 Wholescale transformational change at pace: Abertay University’s approach to developing academic leadership Alastair Robertson and Steve Olivier

Reader’s response Shellyann Scott

7 Leading global teacher development in higher education John Unsworth, Kathy Wright and Catherine Hack

Reader’s response Ian Davis

8 The distributed educational development team: a case study Claire Taylor

Reader’s response Julie Hall

9 Leading educational transformation with sessional staff Marina Harvey and Sandra Jones

Reader’s response Amanda Gilbert

10 The practice and politics of programme leadership: between strategy and teaching Phil Robinson-Self

Reader’s response Qianwei He

Part III Whole Institutional Change: Leaders in Action

11 Myths and legends: changing assessment procedures and practices Rachel Forsyth and Penny Sweasey

Reader’s response Jessica Riddell

12 CIRCLE: a cyclical approach to stakeholder engagement for change management Susannah Quinsee and Pam Parker

Reader’s response Celia Popovic

13 Architectural blueprint or work of art? Learning lessons from emergent change and the function of dialogic leadership Cathi Fredricks, Helen James and Amanda Maclean

Reader’s response Kevin Flinn

14 Reframing educational enhancement at University College London Jenny Marie

Reader’s response Peter Felten

15 The Global Perspectives Project: Building shared leadership through curriculum design Mark E. Allinson and Kieran Mahon

Reader’s response Hetty Grunefeld


16 The reflective educational change leader: concluding remarks on a journey into delivering educational change Cristina Devecchi and Jackie Potter

Reader’s response Monica Fedeli


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Jackie Potter is Professor of Learning and Development in Higher Education and Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) at Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

Cristina Devecchi is the Co-Director of the Centre for Education and Research at the University of Northampton, United Kingdom.