EDUC41800 School Transformation

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module focuses on an identified ‘problem’ within a school community that has been prioritised for attention. This ‘problem’ can be addressed as an individual ‘project’ or as a group undertaking. The issue to be investigated has to be substantial, and will be treated as a case study. Documenting the case from a ‘praxis’ perspective, it is expected that the problem will be described, framed with reference to an appropriate theoretical/ conceptual/ empirical literature on the subject matter, and this will be followed by an appropriate research design that will take a 360 perspective on systematically establishing the ‘facts’—the current realities from a comprehensive range of perspectives—teachers, support and ancillary staff, students, parents, community, Board of Management and other relevant stakeholders. The emphasis throughout, including the assessment, will be on evidence-informed decision-making and an implementation plan that is intended to address the issue, with milestones identified for the process and indicators as to successful implementation and subsequent sustainability, evaluation and review.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, learners will
• Understand and appreciate the significance of systematic and strategic problem solving
• Be able to articulate the various steps from problem identification to implementation of a sustainable resolution
• Have developed and enhanced capacity for understanding and applying evidence-informed practice as a significant contribution to sustainable school improvement
• Enhanced capacity to work collaboratively, understand its dynamics, synergies and challenges while being more articulate about its processes

Indicative Module Content:

The module content and learning outcomes are as outlined above

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Student active learning is espoused, while sessions readings are assigned in advance on a weekly basis released through Brightspace 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 3,500 word case study essay - Individual concluding essay based on group assignment as well as personal reflections. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Presentation: Case study showcase - Presentation of group work, recorded remotely and submitted through brightspace Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback to individual students is aligned with learning outcomes and assessment criteria provided to students at the commencement of the module

Name Role
Dr John O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer