Developing a blueprint for resilience in educational systems management

Buchan, Janet (2016) Developing a blueprint for resilience in educational systems management. In: [Presented at the ACEL National Educational Leadership Conference 2016]. pp. 1-45. From: ACEL National Educational Leadership Conference 2016: Leadership with Insight and Innovation: setting the agenda, 28-30 September 2016, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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In all educational sectors there is pressure for innovation, organisational change and increased accountability for complying with policy-driven sector standards. As the speed of change continues to increase, traditional educational and organisational management processes do not adequately address how to understand and manage the learning environment in the face of constant change in technology and other institutional demands.

This paper draws on doctoral and subsequent research that explored new heuristics for understanding and managing changing learning environments. Resilience thinking was explored as a holistic way of approaching management problems in educational environments. From its origins in environmental systems management, resilience thinking supports building a capacity to work with change, as opposed to being a victim of it (Walker & Salt, 2006).

Over a number of years through the practical application in tertiary and secondary sectors and ongoing synthesis of the findings from her research the author has developed a six-step Blueprint for Resilience in educational systems management. The Blueprint consists of a set of tools, strategies and processes for developing institutional resilience and buffering the change.

The Blueprint for Resilience can be applied by educational leaders and managers to a variety of institutional systems ranging from high level strategic planning to learning spaces management or the institution-wide implementation of new ICT systems or alternative curriculum approaches.

Item ID: 46185
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: educational systems, management, learning technology, resilience, change management, adaptability
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 02:40
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 30%
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