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Innovation in policy and practice

Innovation in policy and practice is central to leadership in educational research.

Our cutting-edge researchers lead in matters of children’s understandings of the world, leadership, innovations in curriculum, feminist and alternative perspectives, the sport-education policy interface, and the power of dance and movement.

Our Team

Beatty, L. & Campbell-Evans, G. (in press). School Leaders and a culture of support: Fostering student social emotional development. Issues in Educational Research

Blaise, M., & Rooney, T. (2020). Listening to and telling a rush of unruly natureculture gender stories. In F. Nxumalo & C. P. Brown (Eds.), Disrupting and countering deficits in early childhood education (pp. 151-163). New York, NY: Routledge.

Merga, M., Mat Roni, M., & Malpique, A. (2020). School leadership and whole- school support of struggling literacy learners in secondary schools. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1741143220905036

O’Connor, J., & Penney, D. (2020). Informal sport and curriculum futures: An investigation of the knowledge, skills and understandings for participation and the possibilities for physical education. European Physical Education Review, 1-24, doi:

Penney, D. (2020). Health Education policy and curriculum: Bernsteinian perspectives and a whole new Ball game. In D. Leahy, K. Fitzpatrick, & J. Wright (Eds.), Social theory, health and education. Forging new insights in research. London: Routledge.

Pollitt, J. (2020). The dancer in your hands. UWA publishing.

The School of Education has a number of students currently undertaking research as part of the Doctor of Philosophy. Below is a list of current thesis research being undertaken by our students. To find out more please contact our Associate Dean Research.

  1. Pedagogical leadership: An investigation in the early years of school.
  2. Head-teachers in troubled schools: A case of community school leaders in Nepal.
  3. Place literacies: Literacies that are emerging when place and children think together.
  4. Empowering education support staff in their interpretation and implementation of a regional secondary college reading intervention program.
  5. Understanding teachers' pedagogical reasoning and practices in ICT science classrooms.
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