Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Achieving Sustainable Outcomes Through Organisational Learning: A System Approach to Building School Capacity

Gwen Sands.

This paper describes a model for organisational learning, which has been developed in conjunction with a systems approach to primary school leadership. The conceptualisation of this model for organisational learning is an integral component to a model of primary school leadership that is directed towards creating a sustainable school culture that focuses on continual improvement and quality student outcomes across a broad range.

This paper will describe how organisational learning developed within a systems approach links student outcomes, teacher practice and performance development of staff in a context of overall school performance. Descriptive analysis and data will be presented which will show how reconceptualizing organisational learning in a performance context has greatly enhanced a school’s capacity to improve student outcomes.

This paper has a practical orientation in its presentation of a story of a school. The practical knowledge which is dynamic, broadly based in experiential life and open to change, is underpinned by research and theory of a social constructivist nature.


Gwen Sands  (Australia)
Cooroora State College Primary Campus
Education Queensland

Gwen is Principal of the Primary Campus of Cooroora State College, a P-10 school on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Special interests and areas of research and development include educational leadership in primary schools, and curriculum issues (particularly literacy) for early and middle childhood.

  • Organisational learning
  • Sustainable leadership
  • Continuous improvement
  • Student outcomes

(30 min Conference Paper, English)