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My career in education began with teaching Geography, Economics, Accounting and Social Studies in secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. I gained educational leadership knowledge and experience as a Head of Department, Dean, Deputy Principal and Co-Principal alongside my postgraduate study for the Master of Educational Administration Degree. I joined Massey University in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer in Secondary Teacher Education and also worked with the Centre of Educational Development as a secondary school leadership advisor and principal appraiser. Following this I was appointed Relationship Manager in a Ministry of Education contract for the assessment and development of experienced principals, the Principals Development Planning Centre. My role was to support principals to develop and implement their personal leadership development plans. While studying towards a Law Degree I was appointed Deputy CEO of Continuing Legal Education with the New Zealand Law Society. Returning to Massey University as the leader of our postgraduate programmes in Educational Administration and Leadership has enabled me to pursue my research interests in school leadership, educational evaluation, human resource management and change management. Fundamental to these research interests is a commitment to leadership for social justice and equity and the role of educational leaders in creating opportunities and success for all learners.
My research is focussed on educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand school contexts, in particular secondary school principal practice. My Masters research was on the impact of the Education Review Office Accountability Review on secondary principals’ work. My PhD research is focussed on identifying and explaining everyday secondary principal practice especially those aspects of leadership practice that are taken for granted and not easily accessed. My research works with Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice (1972) as a theoretical framework for investigating and analysing everyday secondary principal practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
My interest in educational leadership is strongly influenced by my own leadership journey in both the secondary and tertiary sectors . In my current role as the leader of our postgraduate qualifications in Educational Administration and Leadership my research interest is the leadership of learning and the role of educational leaders in creating, implementing and sustaining learning opportunities for leaders, managers, teachers and students. While my doctoral research is focused on secondary school principal practice I also research and write about the influence of personalised leadership development, educational evaluation, human resource management and policy contexts on the leadership of teaching and learning.
I am committed to ensuring that my on-going research, professional leadership, teaching and writing contribute to new knowledge and understandings about educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand secondary school principal work
Educational leadership - aspiring, beginning, middle, senior and experienced leaders in all sectors
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100): Educational Administration, Management and Leadership (130304): Other Education (139900): Secondary Education (130106): Specialist Studies in Education (130300)
Programme Leader for Educational Administration and Leadership
Master of Educational Administration and Leadership:
2012 Gerard Aitken. Managing Moral Dilemmas: What Influences Secondary School Middle Leaders?
2013 Yolande Franke. An Investigation into Senior Leaders' Perceptions and Experiences of their Roles and Responsibilities and Appraisal Processes in their Primary Schools.
Special Topic Supervision:
2013 An Investigation of the Recruitment and Selection Processes for Teachers in Papua New Guinea.
2013 An Investigation into the Career Pathways for Teacher Aides.
2014 An Investigation into the Roles and Responsibilities of Head's of Department in New Zealand Secondary Schools.