Supporting the Development of Leaders in Higher Education

Vicky TZIOUMIS
The University of Sydney, Australia
vicky.tzioumis@sydney.edu.au

Manjula SHARMA
The University of Sydney, Australia
sharma@physics.usyd.edu.au

Will RIFKIN
The University of Sydney, Australia
willrifkinphd@gmail.com

Matthew HILL
The University of Sydney, Australia
m.hill@physics.usyd.edu.au

Elizabeth JOHNSON
La Trobe University, Australia
E.Johnson@latrobe.edu.au

Cristina VARSAVSKY
Monash University, Australia
cristina.varsavsky@monash.edu

Stephanie BEAMES
University of Technology, Australia
Stephanie.Beames@uts.edu.au

Susan JONES
University of Tasmania, Australia
S.M.Jones@utas.edu.au

Andrea CRAMPTON
Charles Sturt University, Australia
ACrampton@csu.edu.au

Marjan ZADNIK
Curtin University, Australia
m.zadnik@curtin.edu.au

Kelly MATTHEWS
The University of Queensland, Australia
k.matthews1@uq.edu.au

Simon PYKE
The University of Adelaide, Australia
simon.pyke@adelaide.edu.au

Abstract

This presentation will provide a snapshot of how the Science and Mathematics network of Australian university educators (SaMnet) fostered the development of educational leaders with the aim of driving change in the policy, culture and practice of teaching and learning in science and mathematics.

The network supported 28 action-learning projects (A-LPs) run by multi-specialty, cross-disciplinary teams. These projects provided the vehicle for engaging 100 leaders of change. A series of workshops and teleconference meetings were used to gather feedback and updates on projects, to educate the leaders about change models from the corporate sector and their application to a tertiary education setting, and to engage all participants with the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The progress of the A-LP projects and the development of the leaders were tracked using a mixed-method approach - triangulating data from workshop reports, online surveys, post-workshop surveys, minute papers and interviews.

Our results show that a cross-disciplinary community of leaders has emerged with the goal of shared learning to improve science and mathematics education. Sound and innovative pedagogies have been used to engage and improve learning outcomes for student cohorts around Australia. The SaMnet model is being transferred into faculties and institutions to support the leadership of those academics who dedicate most of their efforts to teaching and learning.

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