Directed Reading in Educational Leadership

EDU531 │ Elective Subject │ 10 credit points


This subject provides an opportunity for school practitioners and leaders to learn the necessary skills involved in systematically searching appropriate literature in order to give clarity to the definition of the problem and to identify potential solutions. In this process, the problem, any possible solutions, and the literature will be considered or critiqued from a biblical perspective. Once possible solutions have been located, the student is guided to write a practically oriented response to their local-level problem.


EDU400/400a Biblical Foundations of Education and EDU501/501a Worldviews and Educational Practice

Teaching methods

Online Semester
Directed online learning and independent learning

Learning outcomes

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the central principles involved in conducting a literature review.
  2. Identify and critically evaluate pertinent academic literature related to a specific educational concern from a biblical perspective and in dialogue with relevant leadership and education theory.
  3. Communicate findings and proposed solutions through a formal report of the literature review.
  4. Apply findings of the literature review to a local-level problem.
  5. Critically reflect on the literature review process in informing potential solutions to problems that arise in educational leadership.


Critical Reflective Pieces20%
Literature Review Report40%

Subject content

  1. Identifying an educational leadership problem or issue.
  2. How to conduct an extensive literature review.
  3. Reformulating the problem.
  4. Identifying the gaps.

Prescribed text and reading materials

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2018). Research methods in education (8th ed.). Routledge.

A list of reading materials will be available in the Subject Outline on eLearning Portal.