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Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education The key guide to designing and delivering courses

By Doug Parkin Copyright 2017
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education brings together contemporary ideas on leadership, engagement and student learning into a practical solutions-based resource designed for those undertaking the challenge of leading a university-level teaching module, programme or suite of programmes, particularly through periods of transformation or change. It encourages both first time academic leaders and those who have held teaching leadership roles for some time to review and formalise their development in a systematic, simple way and acts as a framework for navigating the opportunities and challenges involved in inspiring shared purpose, strong commitment and innovation in higher education teaching.

    With a clear focus on the energy of leadership rather than the practice of management, and with a strong emphasis on collaborative engagement running throughout, this books offers:

    • Insightful guidance which is not bound to subject-specific requirements, making it relevant across the spectrum of course offerings at any one institution.
    • An enabling, people-focussed foundation for leadership.
    • Tools and frameworks which can be readily applied or adapted for the reader.
    • A focus on core elements of teaching leadership, such as design, delivery, assessment and building a programme team.
    • A flexible and pragmatic approach to leadership which avoids a definitive approach, instead encouraging a dynamic method of engaging leadership.
    • Values that assert that leadership and learning go hand-in-hand.
    • A wide-ranging discussion of leadership theories, ideas and values related to the university context.

    This book puts forward a multifaceted model of programme leadership and links this to a scaffolding of key attributes, skills and qualities that fit the environment of leading learning and teaching in the university. Particularly interested readers will be those beginning to lead teaching in a university setting as well as those who have been leading programme teams and the wider provision of teaching for some time wanting to enhance their skills and perspective.

    1. Leadership – there really is another way.   2. A Model of Programme Leadership.   3. Management and Leadership.   4. Leading with Influence.   5. Understanding Your Brief.  6. Leading Course Design.   7. Leading Assessment and Feedback.   8. Leading Course Delivery.   9. Leading Engagement.   10. Leading Yourself.   Appendix 1. The Programme Leadership Model: self-assessment questionnaire.   Appendix 2. The Change Journey: emotional responses to change – some possible leadership actions.


    Doug Parkin is Programme Director at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), and was previously Head of Staff and Educational Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London), UK.

    Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has a lot to offer. Its engaging structure involves the reader in responding to the book’s challenges interactively and guides teaching practitioners in their journey to become academic leaders in education. It is refreshing in its attempt to develop first-time leaders by taking them through the practical steps of reflective practice by questioning action and stimulating self-evaluation and regulation.

    Dr Erika Corradini SFHEA, Senior Teaching Fellow in Academic Practice, Centre for Higher Education Practice, University of Southampton UK