Leadership and assessment: strengthening the nexus : final report

Sharon Fraser, Marina Harvey

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    The Leadership and Assessment: Strengthening the Nexus project aimed to develop through a distributed leadership model, multi-level academic leadership across the institution, to promote and support the strategic and systematic enhancement of assessment and feedback, and the development of transparent and coherent policy frameworks at all levels (unit, program, department and division). It achieved this and more. The main factor that supported this achievement was the LEAP (Leaders in Effective Assessment Practice) model for developing higher education leadership capacity in assessment. This integrated model combines the synergies of Distributed Leadership with Participatory Action Research creating an efficacious methodological framework. New indicators were developed by the project for use in evaluating Participatory Action Research (PAR) when framing projects with the aim of leadership capacity building. The piloting of these indicators provided informative data and now await further trialling in other projects. Supported Reflection Sessions proved a successful method for supporting active engagement in critically reflective practice, a key component of the project. LEAP fora were equally successful in supporting collegial reflection, often resulting in the generation of effective strategies and tools to progress the project. The project's Action Research Enablers (AREs) have now claimed leadership status in assessment. This leadership capacity has been recognised across the organisation as the new leaders are invited to lead assessment change in both formal and informal, distributed and hierarchical roles. The sustainability of this leadership is suggested by the ongoing leadership initiatives and activities that have continued since the end of the project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
    PublisherAustralian Learning and Teaching Council
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher. Support for the original work was provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


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