Summer 2020 - EDUC 813 G031

Organizational Theory and Analyses (5)

Class Number: 3785

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



This course critically examines organizations in which educational leaders work from different theoretical perspectives and in light of research evidence. It also critiques several past and current reform initiatives, and explores specific topics in-depth. A central and pervasive question of the course concerns organizational purposes, especially with respect to learning, and how these purposes are served by organizational structures and processes.


Meeting Dates:     
Virtual (online classes + office hours), Times TBD


 This course is a required course in the SFU MEd in Educational Leadership program. It focuses on understanding forms of organizational purposes, processes and cultures. Areas of study will include understanding forms of educational structures, designs, and processes; values, beliefs, and cultures of organizations; and understanding and leading school change and innovation. Conceptional models and the way these can be applied to contexts and problems that leaders of educational organizations face are also emphasized.
This course is designed to help students meet the following learning objectives:
• Understand and synthesize the historical context of educational reform
• Develop an understanding of change theory processes and implementation
• Demonstrate the ability to engage in self-reflection and to integrate organizational change/innovation theories into a personal leadership framework
• Apply learning to analyze educational contexts and challenges
• Demonstrate the ability to develop problem solving strategies for leading innovation and implementing change


  • Online Participation 10%
  • Group Online Presentation (based on Leadership Mindsets) 20%
  • Reflective Leadership Journal 20%
  • Case Study 30%
  • Gillian's Assignment 20%


Grading will align with Graduate General Regulations 1.5.5 Normal Grading System  

Grade  GPA Grade Percentage
A+ 4.33 > 95
A 4.00 90 - 94
A- 3.67  85 - 89
B+ 3.33  80 - 84
 3.00 75 - 79
B-  2.67   70 - 74

It is expected that all written assignments completed outside of class will be thoroughly revised, edited, and proofread prior to submission. These assignments should follow the guidelines of the APA style manual (6th edition).



Halbert, J., & Kaser, L. (2009). Leadership mindsets:  Innovation and learning in the transformation of schools. New York, NY: Routledge ISBN-13: 9780415476942 ISBN-10: 0415476941

Cuban, L. (2013) Why so many structural changes in schools and so little reform in teaching practice? Journal of Educational Administration, Vol.51(2), pp.109-125 (available online through SFU Library)

Fullan, M., & Hargreaves, A. (2016). Bringing the profession back in: Call to action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward (provided by instructor and available at

Spencer, J. (2017). The Genius of Design. Educational Leadership, Vol.74(6), pp.16-21 (available online through SFU Library)


Bolman, L.G., & Deal, T.E. (2010). Reframing the path to school leadership (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin

Couros, G. (2015). The innovator’s mindset: Empower learning to unleash talent and create a culture of creativity. San Francisco, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.