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Supporting the development of program leaders in higher education: An action research case study


Delaney, D and Stewart, H and Cameron, R and Cardell, E and Carruthers, S and Love, A and Pearson, A and Calleja, P, Supporting the development of program leaders in higher education: An action research case study, Australian Journal of Career Development, 29, (3) pp. 205-217. ISSN 2200-6974 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 Australian Council for Educational Research

DOI: doi:10.1177/1038416220927796


The higher education (HE) landscape continues to grow in complexity; thus, there is a need to improve the understanding of leadership in this context. This action research (AR) study was undertaken in a multi-disciplinary context of an Australian university to develop and evaluate an action learning (AL) project promoting leadership practice. An overview of AL is provided to situate the case study methodology and to demonstrate how it is used to develop leadership capabilities and benefit ‘team learning’. The findings support the development of AR programs for leaders in the ever-changing environment of HE. The need for an understanding of what leadership is, the development of a learning community and the articulation of the learning processes are seen as essential to support leaders in their development. Leaders not only need to be reflective but also require a safe and trusting environment to support their quest for career progression, grants and awards.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:action learning, action research, leadership, professional development, reflection
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Delaney, D (Dr Deborah Delaney)
ID Code:141196
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Accounting and Accountability
Deposited On:2020-10-02
Last Modified:2021-02-01

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