From the first session, I had a strong feeling that this course is what I was really looking for. I have been learning different theories and concepts of leadership in education; we have been discussing academic papers and case-studies on the issues of educational leadership, organisational and individual development, and practice-based inquiry.
The group work was just amazing. I think we have been mutually benefited from the group learning and interaction. For instance, I have conducted interviews with my classmates for my research module where I studied the effect of the leadership programme on the students' perception of themselves as leaders. My peers were my 'critical friends' when I was planning and preparing interview questions for my inquiry.
While working on my assignments, I have tried to make them more relevant to the current issues in education development of my country, and apply knowledge I gained here appropriately. For example, I took into account the shift towards autonomy in higher education of Kazakhstan when trying to make implications for the leadership of higher education institutions in one of my essays.
Moreover, I started to keep my learning journal where I reflect on challenges of studying, assignment progress, and goals to achieve. This activity was new for me and I found it very useful from the personal development perspective.
The teachers of our programme have been really helpful from the very beginning. I can honestly say that we have been challenged, supported and encouraged by our tutors. Every time we had a discussion or a tutorial it has inspired me a lot. I think that our tutors are the most powerful advantage of this programme. All the learning materials were based on empirical research and our tutors have conducted and published such research.
Overall, I believe that I have been broadening my horizons and strengthening my skills and abilities in terms of educational leadership and research. I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues and friends.