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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2017

Understanding the nature of school partnerships with business in delivery of vocational programmes in schools in Australia

J Polesel, M Klatt, D Blake, K Starr

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 283-298, Journal of education and work, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Second chance learning in neighbourhood houses in Victoria

T Ollis, K starr, C Ryan, J Angwin, U Harrison

(2017), Vol. 57, pp. 1-28, Australian journal of adult learning, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2016

Women academics and work-life balance: gendered discourses of work and care

K Toffoletti, K Starr

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 489-504, Gender, work and organization, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Small rural school leadership: creating opportunity through collaboration

K Starr

(2016), pp. 43-56, School leadership in diverse contexts, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter
2015

Principals' perceptions about resistance to implementing major decisions for changes

K 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

K Starr

(2015), Lanham, Md., A1

book

Educational leadership, change and the politics of resistance

K Starr

(2015), pp. 1-6, Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory, Singapore, B1

chapter
2014

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

K Starr

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

conference

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

M Kamarudin, K 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

K 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

K Starr

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

journal

Interrogating conceptions of leadership: school principals, policy and paradox

K 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?

J Ah-Teck, K Starr

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

journal

Communicating change in organizational restructuring: a grounded theory case study

M Kamarudin, K Starr, A Abdullah, K Husain

(2014), Vol. 155, pp. 496-501, i-COME 2014 : Communication, Empowerment and Governance: The 21st Century Enigma : Proceedings of the International Conference on Communication and Media 2014 (i-COME), Langkawi, Malaysia, E1

conference
2013

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

K Starr

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

chapter

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

K Starr, J Ah-Teck

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

journal

Principals' perceptions of 'quality' in Mauritian schools using the Baldrige framework

K Starr, J Ah-Teck

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

journal
2012

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

J Ah-Teck, K 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

K 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

N Cranston, L Ehrich, M Kimber, K Starr

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

journal

The increasing importance and imperative of the school business manager

K Starr

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

journal

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

L Ehrich, N Cranston, M Kimber, K Starr

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

journal

Keynote address. Leadership for education business

K Starr

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

conference

Keynote address. Eight imperatives for school business managers

K Starr

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

conference

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

K Starr

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

conference
2011

Ethical tensions and academic leaders

L Ehrich, M Kimber, N Cranston, K 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

Principals and the politics of resistance to change

K Starr

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

journal

'Distributed' leadership off to a bad start

K Starr

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

journal
2009

Leadership and the teaching of English in Australia

C Durrant, K Starr

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

chapter

Teachers leading change

K Starr

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

chapter

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

K Starr

(2009), pp. 1-17, AERA 2009 : Disciplined inquiry : education research in the circle of knowledge, San Diego, Calif., E1

conference
2008

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

K Starr, S White

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

journal

Whose risk? 'Managing' risk in school leadership

K Starr

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

conference

Small school leadership: the leading across effective small schools

S White, K Starr

(2008), Geelong, Vic., J1

works
2007

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

K Starr

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

journal

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

K Starr

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

chapter
2006

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

K Starr

(2006), Social Sciences Conference 2006 : The first international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, E1-1

conference
2000

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

J Gill, K 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?

K Starr, J 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

K 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?

K 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?

K Starr

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

journal

Education for social justice research project

K 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

K Starr

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

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Innovative partnerships for youth engagement in education and work

Prof John Polesel, Prof Jack Keating, Prof Karen Starr, A/Prof Damian Blake, Mr David Gallagher, Mr David Michaels

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2015: $44,000
  • 2014: $48,000
  • 2013: $44,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Leading across Effective Small Schools-2007

Prof Karen Starr, A/Prof Simone White

  • 2010: $71,363
  • 2009: $167,076
  • 2008: $238,440
  • 2007: $260,940

A program to develop School Business Managers' Leadership Capacity

Prof Karen Starr

  • 2010: $114,000

Leadership for Business Managers

Prof Karen Starr, A/Prof Peter Smith, Dr Elizabeth Stacey

  • 2011: $227,488

Innovative partnerships for youth engagement in education and work

Prof John Polesel, Prof Jack Keating, Prof Karen Starr, A/Prof Damian Blake, Mr David Gallagher, Mr David Michaels

  • 2015: $25,200
  • 2014: $25,200
  • 2013: $25,200

Learning for life program: Neighbourhood houses, adult learning and transition to higher education

Prof Karen Starr, Dr Trace Ollis, Dr Jennifer Angwin, Dr Cheryl Ryan

  • 2016: $29,800

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Mohd Fauzi Bin Kamarudin

Thesis entitled: Restructuring in Higher Education: A Case Study in an Australian University

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Helen Dorothy Hughes

Thesis entitled: Exploring Principals' Purposes, Experiences and Perceptions of Teacher Appraisal in Victorian Independent Schools

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2016

Elspeth Mary McGavin

Thesis entitled: Risk in the VET Practitioner¿s Teaching Experience and Professional Identity

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Leanne Ronalds

Thesis entitled: The development of international mindedness in an Australian primary school

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Chan Ming Ah-Teck

Thesis entitled: Mauritian Principals' Responses to Total Quality Management Concepts in Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2016

Gregg Edward Weaver

Thesis entitled: Principalship as Negotiated Practice: A Bourdieuian Analysis

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education