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

Delaney, D ORCID: 0000-0002-4813-8266, Stewart, H, Cameron, R, Cardell, E, Love, A, Pearson, A and Calleja, P 2020 , 'Supporting the development of program leaders in higher education: An action research case study' , Australian Journal of Career Development, vol. 29, no. 3 , 205–217 , doi:

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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 ofan Australian university to develop and evaluate an action learning (AL) project promoting leadership practice. Anoverview of AL is provided to situate the case study methodology and to demonstrate how it is used to developleadership capabilities and benefit ‘team learning’. The findings support the development of AR programs for leaders inthe ever-changing environment of HE. The need for an understanding of what leadership is, the development of alearning community and the articulation of the learning processes are seen as essential to support leaders in theirdevelopment. Leaders not only need to be reflective but also require a safe and trusting environment to support theirquest for career progression, grants and awards.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Delaney, D and Stewart, H and Cameron, R and Cardell, E and Love, A and Pearson, A and Calleja, P
Keywords: action learning, action research, leadership, professional development, reflection
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Career Development
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 2200-6974
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Copyright 2020 Australian Council for Educational Research

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