Prof Karen Starr

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair In School Dev And Leadership

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education, Adelaide College of Adv. Edu., 1979
Master of Education, University of South Australia, 1993
Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2000

Contact

karen.starr@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46469

Research interests

Educational leadership
Organisational change and renewal
Education restructuring and reform
Educational business and governance
Social justice and equity in education

Affiliations

Australian College of Educators (Fellow)
Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Fellow)
Australian Institute of Company Directors (Advanced Graduate and Fellow)
International Economic Development and Research Center, HK (Fellow)
Australian Association for Research in Education
Association of Women Educators
Australian Curriculum Studies Association

Teaching interests

Course Coordinator, Graduate Cetificate, Education Business Leadership
I supervise 10 PhD students
Masters by research supervision: EXR 790; EXR 796; EXR 797

Professional activities


Member, International Aspects Committee, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOInt)
Editorial Advisory Board member, International Aspects Committee, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOInt)

Awards

Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow, Australian College of Educators
Fellow, International Economic Development and Researh Center, HK
Telstra Business Women's Awards, Australian and Victorian winner, 2004, not-for-profit sector

Projects


Polesel, J., Starr, K., Blake, D. (2012). Innovative partnerships. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with Partner Organisations: 1. Association of Independent Schools NSW, 2. Catholic Education Commission of South Australia, 3. NSW Education and Communities State Training Services, 4. Department of Education and Childrens Services South Australia, 5. Catholic Education Commission of NSW, 6. Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, 7. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria, 8. Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. $340,000 and $189,000 from partners = $529,000.

Publications

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2015

Principals’ perceptions about resistance to implementing major decisions for changes

Prof Karen Starr

(2015), pp. 129-147, Decision making in educational leadership : principles, policies and practices, New York, NY, B1

chapter

Education game changers: leadership and the consequence of policy paradox

Prof Karen Starr

(2015), Lanham, Md., A1

book
2014

The game-changers: exploring radically transformational challenges confronting education business leadership

Prof Karen Starr

(2014), pp. 265-276, Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings (2014 : Honolulu, Hawaii), Hilo, Hawaii, E1

conference

The effects of major change: a case study in an Australian university

Mr Mohd Fauzi Bin Kamarudin, Prof Karen Starr

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 1-10, Journal of the World Universities Forum, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal

The influences and implications of PISA: An Australian perspective

Prof Karen Starr

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 19-30, AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Alexandria, VA, C1

journal

Implications of radically transformational challenges confronting education business leadership

Prof Karen Starr

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 99-110, Business education & accreditation, Hilo, Hawaii, C1

journal

Interrogating conceptions of leadership: school principals, policy and paradox

Prof Karen Starr

(2014), Vol. 34, pp. 224-236, School Leadership & Management, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Total quality management in Mauritian education and principals’ decision-making for school improvement: “driven” or “informed” by data?

Prof Karen Starr, Jean Claude Ah-Teck

(2014), Vol. 52, pp. 833-849, Journal of educational administration, Bingley, England, C1

journal
2013

All take and no give? Responding to the support and development needs of women in casual academic roles

Prof Karen Starr

(2013), pp. 149-162, Developing effective part-tme teachers in higher education : new approaches to professional development, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter

Principals’ perceptions of "quality" in Mauritian schools using the Baldrige framework

Prof Karen Starr, Jean Claude Ah-Teck

(2013), Vol. 51, pp. 680-704, Journal of educational administration, Bingley, England, C1

journal

Striving for educational equity and ‘world-class quality’ schools in Mauritius in global times

Prof Karen Starr, Jean Claude Ah-Teck

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 1-16, Global studies journal, Altona, Vic., C1

journal
2012

Principals' perceptions of the use of total quality management concepts for school improvement in Mauritius : leading or misleading?

Jean Claude Ah-Teck, Prof Karen Starr

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1-16, International journal of learning, Altona, Vic., C1

journal

Problematizing 'risk' and the principalship : the risky business of managing risk in schools

Prof Karen Starr

(2012), Vol. 40, pp. 464-479, Educational management, administration & leadership, London, England, C1

journal

An exploratory study of ethical dilemmas faced by academic leaders in three Australian universities

Neil Cranston, A/Prof Lisa Ehrich, Megan Kimber, Prof Karen Starr

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 3-15, Journal of educational leadership, policy and practice, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1

journal

(Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in universities : academic leaders’ perceptions

A/Prof Lisa Ehrich, Neil Cranston, Megan Kimber, Prof Karen Starr

(2012), Vol. 40, pp. 99-114, International studies in educational administration, Penrith, N. S. W., C1

journal

The increasing importance and imperative of the school business manager

Prof Karen Starr

(2012), Vol. 34, pp. 39-41, Australian educational leader, Strawberry Hills, NSW, C1

journal

The future leadership agenda in education : preparing to be ahead of the game

Prof Karen Starr

(2012), pp. -, PDN 16th Annual Conference on Educational Leadership - Ahead of the Game, Gold Coast, Qld., E1-1

conference

Keynote address. Leadership for education business

Prof Karen Starr

(2012), pp. -, Kaleidoscope ¿ be the Change Conference 2012, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1-1

conference

Keynote address. Eight imperatives for school business managers

Prof Karen Starr

(2012), pp. -, TSAA/AAGSA Annual Conference : Inspired to Lead, Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference
2011

Principals and the politics of resistance to change

Prof Karen Starr

(2011), Vol. 39, pp. 646-660, Educational management, administration & leadership, London, England, C1

journal

Ethical tensions and academic leaders

A/Prof Lisa Ehrich, Megan Kimber, Neil Cranston, Prof Karen Starr

(2011), Vol. 43, pp. 50-69, Higher education review : the international journal for policy and practice in post school education, London, England, C1

journal

'Distributed' leadership off to a bad start

Prof Karen Starr

(2011), pp. 1-2, Australian educational leader, Winmalee, N. S. W., C1

journal
2009

Teachers leading change

Prof Karen Starr

(2009), pp. 57-67, English for a new millennium : leading change, Kent Town, S. Aust., B1

chapter

Leadership and the teaching of English in Australia

Cal Durrant, Prof Karen Starr

(2009), pp. 21-33, English for a new millennium : leading change, Kent Town, S. Aust., B1

chapter

Principals, politics and change : confronting school resilience to radical renewal

Prof Karen Starr

(2009), pp. 1-17, AERA 2009 : Disciplined inquiry : education research in the circle of knowledge, Washington, D.C., E1

conference
2008

Whose risk? 'Managing' risk in school leadership

Prof Karen Starr

(2008), pp. 1-19, AARE 2008 : Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Australia, E1-1

conference

The small rural school principalship : key challenges and cross-school responses

Prof Karen Starr, A/Prof Simone White

(2008), Vol. 23, pp. 1-12, Journal of research in rural education, Orono, Me., C1

journal

Small school leadership: the leading across effective small schools

A/Prof Simone White, Prof Karen Starr

(2008), Geelong, Vic., J1

works
2007

Principal 'disengagement' : are the solutions addressing the problem?

Prof Karen Starr

(2007), pp. 331-348, Teaching leaders to lead teachers : educational administration in the era of constant crisis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

Capacity building for the principalship : will leadership development solve the problem of principal disengagement?

Prof Karen Starr

(2007), Vol. 6, pp. 189-198, International journal of knowledge, culture and change management, Altona, Vic., C1-1

journal
2006

Inner states, darkest moments and negative spaces : the structure of cathexis as perceived by women in the principalship

Prof Karen Starr

(2006), pp. -, Social Sciences Conference 2006 : The first international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences, Altona, Vic., E1-1

conference
2000

Sauce for the goose? Deconstructing the boys-in-education push

Judith Gill, Prof Karen Starr

(2000), Vol. 21, pp. 323-333, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, St. Lucia, Qld., C1-1

journal
1999

Gender and schooling : still making the difference?

Prof Karen Starr, Judith Gill

(1999), pp. 90-99, Contesting the curriculum, Katoomba, NSW, B1-1

chapter
1998

Power and production in site-based management: the responses of women secondary principals to structural reform in South Australian education

Prof Karen Starr

(1998), Vol. 9, pp. 1-12, South Australian educational leader, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal
1995

Devolution : a part of the privatisation agenda?

Prof Karen Starr

(1995), Vol. 6, pp. 1-1, South Australian educational leader, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal
1994

Reviewing the reviewers : has the education review unit contributed to improved student learning outcomes?

Prof Karen Starr

(1994), Vol. 5, pp. 1-5, South Australian educational leader, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

Education for social justice research project

Prof Karen Starr, B Moore

(1994), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, Critical pedagogy networker, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
1991

Justice for whom? A critique of the social justice strategy of the South Australian Education Department

Prof Karen Starr

(1991), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, South Australian educational leader, Ad, C1-1

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