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Dr Katrina MacDonald

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2019
Master of Education (Literacy Studies), Monash University, 2014
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary & Secondary), Deakin University, 2006
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Archaeology, La Trobe University, 1991
Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 1990

Biography

Dr Katrina MacDonald is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Research for Educational Impact School of Education (REDI) at Deakin University.

After a career in anthropology and archaeology, Katrina trained as a primary and secondary teacher in Victoria. Katrina’s key research interests include educational leadership, social justice, public education, the history of Australian educational research and the sociology of education through a practice lens (feminist, Bourdieu, practice architectures). She is particularly interested in how school autonomy reform has influenced social justice outcomes, and the implications this has for school principals.

Katrina is currently working with Professors Amanda Keddie and Jill Blackmore (with a multi-Institutional team, Professor Jane Wilkinson, Associate Professors Scott Eacott and Richard Niesche, and Dr Brad Gobby) as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on their Australian Research Council Discovery Project School Autonomy Reform and Social Justice in Australian Public Education.

In 2020, Katrina was awarded Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education from the Australian Association of Research in Education. This award recognises excellence in educational research by doctoral students, and is seen by the Association as a way of recognising the high-quality contribution made to educational knowledge by graduate students. In 2020, Katrina was also awarded the Mollie Holman medal, one of the highest academic honours bestowed by Monash University, for her 2019 thesis. Her thesis, Socially just principals in unjust times: Social justice leadership in disadvantaged Victorian primary schools, explored the social justice understandings and practices of principals working in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Victoria.

In 2020, Katrina won first prize for her paper ‘Social justice leadership practice in unjust times: Leading in highly disadvantaged contexts’ in the International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice [IJLE] Emerging Scholar Competition.

In 2018-2019, Katrina won a ‘New Voice Scholar’ award in the area of Educational Leadership Research by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. In 2017, she was awarded a travel scholarship to attend a Doctoral School at The University of Goteburg in Sweden. She was a recipient of AARE Educational Leadership SIG Postgraduate Award for her abstract exploring principal’s social justice understandings.

Katrina is an Associate Editor on the board of the International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice.

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Biography summary

Dr Katrina MacDonald is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in REDI, Deakin University, Australia. Her research and teaching interests are in educational leadership, social justice and the sociology of education through a practice lens (feminist, Bourdieu, practice architectures). She has recently completed a doctoral study examining the social justice understandings and practices of principals working in some of the most disadvantaged locations in Australia. Her thesis won the 2020 AARE Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education, and a 2019 Monash University Mollie Holman medal for research excellence. Katrina is a former anthropologist, archaeologist and primary and secondary teacher in Victoria, Australia

Conferences

  • MacDonald, K. (2021) School autonomy reform and social justice: The social justice implications of the ebb and flow of public education reform policy(1970s to present). Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2021, Online.
  • Macdonald, K., Diamond, F., Longmuir, F. (2021) Creating spaces of learning in academia: fostering niches for professional learning practice. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2021, Online.
  • Keddie, A., Blackmore, J., MacDonald, K., Mahoney, C., Wilkinson, J., Eacott, S., Niesche, R., and Gobby, B. (2019) In the name of social justice. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2019, Brisbane
  • MacDonald, K. (2019) The profiting from and exploitation of principals: The challenge of leading in disadvantaged public primary schools in Victoria, Australia. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2019, Brisbane.
  • MacDonald, K. (2018), Faith ventures and the principalship: Missionaries and social justice leadership. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 2018, Sydney.
  • MacDonald, K. (2018), Faith ventures and the principalship: The mission of social justice leadership. Paper presented at the 2018 Monash Educational Research Community conference, Monash University, Melbourne.
  • MacDonald, K. (2017), Rachael vs the world: Social Justice Leadership in a disadvantaged Victorian primary school. Paper presented at the 2017 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Canberra.
  • MacDonald, K. (2017), Robinson Crusoe and the Island of Despair: Heroic metaphors and contradiction in leading for social justice. Paper presented at the 2017 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Canberra.
  • MacDonald, K. (2017), Leadership for social justice in areas of concentrated disadvantage in Victorian primary schools. Paper presented at the University of Goteburg 2017 Doctoral school: Researching Professional Practice, University of Boras, Sweden.
  • MacDonald, K. (2017), Social justice enactment in primary school leadership: A tale of two principals. Paper presented at the 2017 Monash Educational Research Community conference, Monash University, Melbourne.
  • MacDonald, K. (2016), Autobiography, biography (and reflexivity) in leadership for social justice. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Victoria.

Awards

  • 2020 - Winner of the Australian Association of Research in Education Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education. This award recognises excellence in educational research by doctoral students, and is seen by the Association as a way of recognising the high-quality contribution made to educational knowledge by graduate students.
  • 2020 - Winner 2019 Monash University Mollie Holman medal. The Mollie Holman Medal is one of the highest academic honours bestowed by Monash University, and marks the recipient as a researcher of the higher order.
  • 2020 - First Prize, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice [IJLE] Emerging Scholar Competition
  • 2018 - 2019 - Australian Council of Educational Leadership New Voice in Educational Leadership Research Scholarship
  • 2017 - University of Goteburg - Monash University Doctoral School Exchange award
  • 2016  - AARE Educational Leadership SIG Award

Publications

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2022

Gender, Educational Leadership and Social Justice : An Intersectional Lens.

Jane Wilkinson, Katrina MacDonald

(2022), pp. 90-100, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Gender and Educational Leadership and Management, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Election or selection? School autonomy reform, governance and the politics of school councils

J Blackmore, K MacDonald, A Keddie, B Gobby, J Wilkinson, S Eacott, R Niesche

(2022), Journal of Education Policy, C1

journal article

The emotional intensity of educational leadership: a scoping review

A Heffernan, K MacDonald, F Longmuir

(2022), International Journal of Leadership in Education, C1

journal article
2021

Creating spaces of learning in academia: fostering niches for professional learning practice

K MacDonald, F Diamond, J Wilkinson, N Sum, F Longmuir, M Kaukko

(2021), pp. 1-18, Studies in Continuing Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

School autonomy reform and social justice: a policy overview of Australian public education (1970s to present)

K MacDonald, A Keddie, J Blackmore, C Mahoney, J Wilkinson, B Gobby, R Niesche, S Eacott

(2021), pp. 1-21, Australian Educational Researcher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Principals' perceptions of school autonomy and educational leadership

R Niesche, S Eacott, A Keddie, B Gobby, K MacDonald, J Wilkinson, J Blackmore

(2021), pp. 1-18, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Gender and Educational Leadership

Jane Wilkinson, Anar Purvee, Katrina MacDonald

(2020), pp. 255-268, Understanding educational leadership : critical perspectives and approaches, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Neoliberal Challenge to Leading in Disadvantaged Public Primary Schools in Victoria, Australia

Katrina MacDonald, Jane Wilkinson, Corine Rivalland

(2020), pp. 118-132, Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict : Exploring Challenges Across the Globe, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The constitution of school autonomy in Australian public education: areas of paradox for social justice

A Keddie, K MacDonald, J Blackmore, J Wilkinson, B Gobby, R Niesche, S Eacott, C Mahoney

(2020), pp. 1-18, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Social justice leadership practice in unjust times: leading in highly disadvantaged contexts

Katrina MacDonald

(2020), pp. 1-17, International Journal of Leadership in Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

School autonomy, marketisation and social justice: the plight of principals and schools

A Keddie, K Claire MacDonald, J Blackmore, S Eacott, B Gobby, C Mahoney, R Niesche, J Wilkinson

(2020), Vol. 52, pp. 432-447, Journal of Educational Administration and History, London, Eng., C1

journal article

COVID-19 and inequities in Australian education - insights on federalism, autonomy, and access.

Scott Eacott, Katrina MacDonald, Amanda Keddie, Jill Blackmore, Jane Wilkinson, Richard Niesche, Brad Gobby, Fernandez Irene

(2020), Vol. 48, pp. 6-22, International Studies in Educational Administration, C1

journal article
2019

Robinson Crusoe and the Island of Despair: heroic metaphors and contradiction in leading for social justice

Katrina Macdonald

(2019), Vol. 51, pp. 133-148, Journal of educational administration and history, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

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