The PIVOTAL leadership model: improving school leaders’ professional capacity and personal vitality through innovative postgraduate course design

Simon, Sue and Christie, Michael and Graham, Wayne and Summers, Jane (2016) The PIVOTAL leadership model: improving school leaders’ professional capacity and personal vitality through innovative postgraduate course design. The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 23 (3). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2329-1656

Abstract

The PIVOTAL Model, developed at two Australian universities based on research with practicing school leaders and current students, has impacted school leaders’ capacity to lead and to retain personal vitality. The Commonwealth Government of Australia-funded research underpinning the development of the 'PIVOTAL' (Partnerships, Innovation, and Vitality—Opportunities for Thriving Academic Learning) Model, addresses the gap identified in recent research in the preparation and on-going development of school leaders. The PIVOTAL approach to postgraduate leadership course design was implemented in education and business courses at two universities in Queensland, Australia. Data from school principal reference groups and student focus groups informed innovations to leadership courses. Subsequent research confirmed the impact these innovations had for school leaders at the beginning of 2015. Success has resulted from the introduction of peer mentoring and activities which promote an understanding of factors contributing to personal vitality in complex leadership roles. The introduction of a simulated leadership project option for international students has also been well-received. The accommodation of diverse learning needs of students with varying levels of prior leadership experience remains to be addressed fully. The PIVOTAL Model is planned to be developed further by working with other Australian and international tertiary partners in 2016.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 31069
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 01:21
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 05:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership capacity; personal vitality; postgraduate study
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.18848/2329-1656/CGP
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31069

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only