Flinders Leadership & Management in Education (FLAME)

Chairperson: Associate Professor Carolyn Palmer ( carolyn.palmer@flinders.edu.au )

The FLAME research group are  researchers and specialists who share a commitment to sustainable organisations and government through the development of leadership and management capacity. 

The FLAME conduct research and professional development in the areas of: Leadership; managing remote and rural education; educational governance and policy; managing people in organisations; knowledge management; and organisational learning. 

Our research sectors include: Schools; VET; Military organisations; Universities; Government and NGOs.

The FLAME is comprised of academics from the Flinders University School of Education, along with postgraduate students, school principals, representatives from the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) and the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA).


Links to
the L+M Workgroup

As a committee that has a strong relationship/affiliation with the Leadership and Management Work Group we are also committed to:

·         The ongoing professional learning of leaders

·         Leadership formation as a critical and humanistic endeavour

·         The relational and contextual nature of leadership

·         Strengths-based & sustainable approaches to leadership


Terms of Reference

  • Identify possible future directions and priorities in leadership and management Research
  • Maintain a broadly based research capacity which translates into educational leadership development and improved leadership quality
  • Increase opportunities for collaborative effort through:

Ø  enhancing the profile of educational leadership

Ø  building on the relationships with funding bodies such as those at Flinders as well as other research funding in bodies in Australia, including Commonwealth research funding;

Ø  exploring possible opportunities for collaborative research with associated educational bodies who share a commitment to sustainable organisations and government through the development of leadership and management capacity

Ø  exploring possible opportunities for collaborative professional learning in the areas of: Leadership; managing remote and rural education; educational governance and policy; managing people in organisations; knowledge management; and organisational learning.

 

Aims

The Flinders Leadership & Management in Education research group aims to:

1.      Promote excellence in leadership and management research, through developing the research output of Leadership and Management Research Collective members.

2.      Encourage productive collaboration among educational leadership researchers.

3.      Assist researchers in generating funds to support their research.

4.      Support the establishment of productive linkages between Leadership and Management Research Collective researchers and national and international researchers working in related fields.

5.      Build strong external research linkages, including linkages with those working in, leadership and management, with the different systems and levels of education.

6.      Support research postgraduate students and the development of opportunities for new areas of postgraduate study in leadership and management.

7.      Provide advice to practitioners and policy makers in fields involving leadership and management

8.      Provide professional learning opportunities in collaboration with colleagues in educational leadership and allied professional associations. 


Leadership and Management Research Collective Committee

Steve Portlock, Jude Hines, Jim Davies, Robin Ryan, David Giles, Lynda Mcleod, Michael Bell (minutes), Carolyn Palmer (chair), Greg Carey. David Edwards, John Halsey, Ceinwyn Elleway. Meryl Davidson, Halia Silins, Sutan Berkadia

Committee members’ profiles

David Giles: Took up the position of Associate Professor (Educational Leadership & Management) in the Flinders University School of Education this year. David has a passion for writing and a commitment to Educational Leadership (EL). He favours a socially critical and contextualised standpoint, which includes experiential learning, strengths-based approaches and acknowledgement of the cultural, historical and political nature of EL. David writes collaboratively and prolifically, researching EL ‘wherever it is found’ (i.e., at all levels of Education). For more on David’s research interests and publications, see Appendix A.

Jude Hines: Principal of Blackwood High school, Jude is currently seconded to the Workforce Development Quality Leadership Team within the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS - http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/ods/pages/Leadership/SACLE/?reFlag=1). Jude is an ongoing learner, recently studying neuroscience and gaining her qualifications as a celebrant. Jude is lead consultant for the Department’s new and aspiring leaders programs, including “Coach in a Box,” a training support program for new leaders. Jude is a leader within the International Baccalaureate and on the council of International Schools. She has a private consultancy, teaching critical, creative inquiry and analytical tools. Jude has a long career in the field of Education. She started as a Home Economics teacher and has worked in a variety education sites in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

Melinda Thambi: Melinda is a trained high school teacher, currently on accouchement leave. Melinda recently completed a Masters Degree at Flinders University and is in the process of starting a PhD, which will look at the issues of ‘care and fear’ in leadership. At present, Melinda is involved in marking assignments for the strategic planning course.

Robin Ryan: Robin completed a PhD in Leadership in 1999 and currently holds adjunct status in the School of Education. Robin Ryan originally taught Political Science in universities in NSW and the ACT. From 1975 he held a range of positions in the South Australian TAFE agency, including Superintendent (Research) and Assistant Director for Policy and Intergovernmental Relations. He was extensively involved in federal-state inquiries and task forces which progressed the national training agenda throughout the 1990s. Since joining Flinders University in 1995, he has continued to consult in the VET sector and undertook TAFE governance reviews for the South Australian government in 2002 and 2004. He is currently a member of the academic editorial board of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/robin.ryan).

Carolyn Palmer: Carolyn chairs the LMC. Her areas of academic expertise are: Special Education the education of children with disabilities; Special Education Policy policies, practices and issues in Australia; Vision Impairment the educational needs of students with impaired vision; adapting the environment; appropriate pedagogy; Educational Management; Managing Human Resources; Leaders and Leadership. Carolyn has held different positions throughout the education system. She undertook a leadership course whilst working as a school deputy to gain insight into the theory of politics of leadership. Carolyn is currently working with CandDo4Kids researching the organisation’s service provision, and with a group of schools investigating the impact on students following their exposure to the International Baccalaureate primary and middle years programs. Carolyn outlined that one of the key purposes of the LMC is to network researchers across the sectors and to link organisations. The LMC meets monthly.

 

 

 

 

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