Leadership and Management
Argument Mapping lends itself well to the critical analysis of leadership. All leaders take actions that lead to successes and failures over time and mapping these episodes is made easier using appropriate software that visually depicts the logic and evidence in an analysis. To connect or contextualise this relatively new topic of argument mapping to a senior military audience from 20 countries, the controversial leadership of US General George S. Patton during World War Two was used as a case study.
Today many groups seek to foster communities of practice in order to serve the needs of professional development, change management, quality or other professional goals.
This research was instigated by an unsuccessful attempt to foster teacher professional development by creating community in an online community space. The strengths of developing a web site to bring teachers together to engage and exchange ideas may have been understood at the outset of that task.
School leaders face a daunting task in coming to terms with the digital revolution. A large and diverse set of issues has to be dealt with. The issues are interdependent, the state of play in terms of technology and learning goals is evolving rapidly, the home-school IT interaction is complex, not to mention budget and building issues. Elaborate Strategic Planning has failed to address this task on a school-wide basis.
Most teachers recognise the benefits of meeting face-to-face for professional learning activities. However, for teachers in remote locations in Australia the vast distances that need to be travelled for such meetings are prohibitive. Videoconferencing has the potential to provide these teachers with quality professional learning experiences. This paper aims to highlight the challenges that inhibit the use of videoconferencing for professional learning experiences for those most likely to benefit, the teachers in remote schools.