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Dr Christine Cunningham

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6807, Email: c.cunningham@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17213
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6807
Email: c.cunningham@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17213  

 

Dr Christine Cunningham is a senior lecturer and teaching - researcher working in ECU’s Schools of Education. Her current role is Academic Course Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies in Educational Leadership. Christine conducts and supervises a diverse range of research in school leadership, curriculum and international education.

Current teaching

Unit Coordinator for:

  • EDU6160 - Leading Education in a Global Context
  • EDU6330 - Leading Education in a Global Context
  • EPA6161 - Global Perspectives of Educational Leadership (International in Zhejiang, China)
  • EPA6156 - Leading for Improvement
  • EPA6158 - Leading Community Engagement

Unit lecturer for:

  • DAE1018 - Dance Styles 1

Postgraduate Supervision for:

  • J42 - Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)
  • J44 - Doctor of Philosophy
  • H08 - Masters of Education by Research

Background

Prior to becoming a university academic, Dr Cunningham spent 15 years as a teacher and then school principal. She has taught in city and remote schools in Western Australia as well as in East Timor and South America.

Professional associations

  • 2015 - 2019 Elected Member of the City of Canning, Deputy Mayor and Ward Councillor
  • 2016 - 2018 School Board Member of Bannister Creek Primary School
  • 2018 School Board Member of Fremantle College

Research areas and interests

Research area - Critical approaches to qualitative research

Research interests:

  • Educational Leadership
  • International Education
  • English as a Medium of Instruction
  • Gender and Education
  • Future scenarios in education: AI, Machine and Deep Learning
  • Dance Education

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Professional Studies with Second Class Honours, Murdoch University.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, The University of Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2010.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Research Project to Measure the Effectiveness of the Department of Education Western Australia Classroom Management Strategies (CMS) Foundation Program,  Department of Education WA,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $5,575.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Australian Masters of Education Students' Insights into Leadership Models,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $22,555.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Cunningham, C., Wandei, E., (2019), Critical reflections on postgraduate andragogy from the points of view of a Kenyan student and an Australian academic. Reflective Practice, 20(3), 305-320, Online, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2019.1598350.
  • Cunningham, C., (2019), An investigation into school inspection policies in Western Australian state education performed by the Expert Review Group. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 18(1), 39-58, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10671-018-9227-5.
  • Barwood, D., Penney, D., Cunningham, C., (2017), A paradox or a culture of acceptance? The idiosyncratic workforce delivering health education in lower secondary government schools in Western Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 8(3), 193-209, Melbourne, Victoria, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2017.1362955.
  • Barwood, D., Cunningham, C., Penney, D., (2016), What we know, what we do and what we could do: Creating an understanding of the delivery of health education in lower secondary government schools in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(11), 15-30, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n11.2.
  • Cunningham, C., Coy, N., (2014), Understanding the need for fine-grained assessment. Australian Educational Leader, 36(3), 6-9, Minnis Journals.
  • Cunningham, C., Jackson, S., (2014), Leadership and the Australian Greens. Leadership, 11(1), 1-16, United Kingdom, Sage Publications Ltd., DOI: 10.1177/1742715013498407.
  • Lyle, J., Cunningham, C., Gray, J., (2014), The New Australian Curriculum, Teachers and Change Fatigue. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(11), 45-64, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n11.4.
  • Cunningham, C., (2014), Decision-Making Processes and Educational Leadership in Australia. Leading and Managing, 20(1), 11-31, Australia.
  • Cunningham, C., (2014), Educational Leadership: What can China teach the West about inclusive decision making practices?. Journal of US-China Public Administration, 11(9), 773-789, USA, David Publishing, DOI: 10.17265/1548-6591/2014.09.005.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE COULD DO: CREATING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE DELIVERY OF HEALTH EDUCATION IN LOWER SECONDARY GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  • Master of Education,  EARLY CHILDHOOD HASS MATTERS: AN INVESTIGATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD STAFF AND THEIR TRANSITION TO THE NEW WESTERN AUSTRALIAN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES CURRICULUM IN 2017

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  THE REALITY OF REFORM: TEACHERS REFLECTING ON CURRICULUM REFORM IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  MUSLIM WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA AND THE NETHERLANDS: A MULTIMODAL ENQUIRY INTO TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY REPRESENTATIONS
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