Achieving Sustainable Outcomes Through Organisational Learning: A System Approach to Building School Capacity
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
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.
(30 min Conference Paper, English)