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Researcher: Cranston, NC (Professor Neil Cranston)

Fields of Research

Educational administration, management and leadership
Other education
Secondary education
Education systems
Curriculum and pedagogy
Teacher education and professional development of educators
Continuing and community education
Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Human resources management
Physical properties of materials
Sociology of education
Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
History and philosophy of education

Research Objectives

Management, resources and leadership
Other education and training
Policies and development
Schools and learning environments
Learner and learning
Teacher and instructor development
Expanding knowledge in psychology

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

(Un)ethical practices and ethical dilemmas in Universities: Academic leaders' perceptions; International Studies in Educational Administration
10 things i've learned about teaching; Inside Teaching
A new professionalism for school leaders: Professional responsibility not accountability for leading learning; 2010 Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders International Conference
Administrating transnational education: a cross-cultural application of Hodgkinson's values paradigm; Journal of Educational Administration and History
An examination of professional development offerings for school leaders in one large education system; Leading and Managing
An exploratory study of ethical dilemmas faced by academic leaders in three Australian universities; Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice
Australian Leadership Density Through Effective Senior Management Teams (SMTs); Australian School Leadership Today
Australian School Leadership Today; Australian Academic Press
Australian School Leadership Today: Conclusions; Australian School Leadership Today
Bringing back the public purpose of education; Professional Educator
Change for improvement in schools: the 5-A Framework; The Australian Educational Leader
Changing roles of heads of department: A Queensland case; AARE
Community beliefs about rural and regional education and students’ school completion; Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Community involvement in rural and regional schooling and student retention; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference 2016: transforming education research
Deepening Our Understanding about School Leadership: Learning from Educators and Non-educators; Transformative Leadership and Educational Excellence
Doom and gloom or a time for optimism: Potential aspirants' views about school leadership - now and for the future; AARE
Education law, schools and school principals: what does the research tell us?; The Palgrave Handbook of Education Law for Schools
Educational leaders and ethical dilemmas: Trying to make sense of the complexities; Joint Conference of the Australian Association of Special Education and the Tasmanian Principals Association
enhancing the effectiveness of senior management teams in schools; International Studies in Educational Administration
Ethical dilemmas faced by school leaders: What are they? What challenges do they raise? How can they be 'managed'?; APCLC-EPL Learning Seminar
Ethical dilemmas for school leaders: What are they, what challenges do they raise, how can they be 'managed'?; PDN 15th School Leaders Conference
Ethical dilemmas: a model to understand teacher practice; Teachers and Teaching: Theory & Practice
Ethical Dilemmas: The 'bread and butter' of educational leaders' lives; Journal of Educational Administration
Ethical tensions and academic leaders; Higher Education Review
Examining the issues and dynamics of ethical dilemmas faced by school leaders; Australian School Leadership Today
Factors influencing students' decisions about post-year 10 education; 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Factors that influence students' educational aspirations; Education transforms 2015
Factors that influence students’ educational aspirations; Education transforms – Papers and reflections: Occasional Publications No. 1
Findings from a pilot study into student retention beyond year 10; 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Forgotten Leaders: What do we know about the deputy principalship in secondary schools?; International Journal of Leadership in Education
Future School Leadership; AARE
Going up? Women in the public sector; Career Development International
How principals manage ethnocultural diversity: Learnings from three countries; International Studies in Educational Administration
Increasing students’ social capital through community involvement in rural and regional education; Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Issues related to students' decisions to remain in school beyond year 10; Youth Studies Australia
Keeping young Tasmanians in school: Towards an understanding of some of the issues; Network of Education Associations of Tasmania Presentation
Leadership autonomy: Yet more rhetoric?
Leadership for what and about what: Time for some critical reflection; Tasmanian Principals' Association Conference
Leadership: Lessons Learned from an Australian Entrepeneur; Women as School Executives: Leadership: A Bridge to Ourselves
Leading Catholic Schools into the Future: Some challenges and dilemmas for resolution; Leading & Managing
Leading from the middle or locked in the middle? Exploring the world of the middle-level non-state school leader; Leading and Managing
Leading learning through data-driven decision making; Tasmanian Principals Association Conference
Leading Queensland Schools: What some of the Research Can Tell Us; International Studies in Educational Administration
Leading to a different place: Are we serious?; Australian Council for Educational Leaders Conference 2011
Learning must be the top priority
Learnings from the story of a great leader; AARE
Lessons learned from ten authentic Australian leaders; Catholic Educational Leadership, International Conference
Listening to the Community on Student Retention; AARE Conference, Western Australia 2015
Looking for the next generation of principals: Generation Y's perceptions of and aspirations for leadership in Victorian independent schools; 2010 Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders International Conference
Making It Work: Identifying the Challenges of Collaborative International Research; International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning
Managing ethical dilemmas; Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership
Managing transnational education: Does national culture really matter?; Journal Of Higher Education Policy and Management
Micro-political leadership strategies used by curriculum leaders in one Queensland school in implementing the national curriculum; Leading & Managing
Middle-level leaders in Australia and New Zealand: An emerging picture from recent research; NZARE: New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference
Middle-level School Leaders: Understanding Their Roles and Aspirations; Australian School Leadership Today
Overcoming the challenges of keeping young people in education: A wicked problem with implications for leadership, policy and practice; Leading and Managing
Parent-child connectedness for schooling and students’ performance and aspirations: An exploratory investigation; International Journal of Educational Research
Perspectives on Enhancing Educational Policy Processes; Leading and Managing
Politics and School Education in Australia: A Case of Shifting Purposes; Journal of Educational Administration
Primary School Principals and the Purposes of Education in Australia: Results of a National Survey; Journal of Educational Administration
Principal disengagement: An exploratory investigation into next generation school leaders; NZARE: New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference
Principles of School Leadership
Professional development offerings for school leaders in Queensland: Do they work?; 2010 Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders International Conference
Professional learning for school leaders: What do we know?; Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice
Raising levels of school student engagement and retention in rural, regional and disadvantaged areas: is it a lost cause?; International Journal of Inclusive Education
Re-igniting Leadership Capacity: Real Leadership Learning in Action
Researching the Public Purposes of Education in Australia: The Results of a National Survey of Primary School Principals*; AARE International Education Research Conference 2009
School leaders for the future: The use of cases in the leadership development of principals; AARE
School leaders leading: Professional responsibility not accountability as the key focus; Educational Management, Administration & Leadership
School Principals and education law: what do they know, what do they need to know?; Leading and Managing
Senior Management Teams in Schools: Understanding their dynamics, enhancing their effectiveness; Leading and Managing
Teachers' beliefs related to secondary school completion: Associations with socio-educational advantage and school level; Australian Educational Researcher
The challenges of ethical decision-making in an Australian school
The forces impacting upon Australian schools and some implications for school leaders; Encyclopedia of Teaching and Teacher Research
The impact of education law on school principalship: Challenges and emergent findings; Journal of Leadership, Policy & Practice
The principalship as profession: Making the leap or a leap of faith; 2012 Australian Council of Educational Leaders Convention
The Religious Dimension of Lay Leadership in Catholic Schools: Preserving Catholic Culture in an Era of Change; Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquriy and Practice
The secondary school principalship in Australia and New Zealand: An investigation of changing roles; Leadership & Policy Studies in Schools
The use of cases in the leadership development of principals: A recent initiative in one large education system in Australia; Journal of Educational Administration
Through the eyes of potential aspirants: Another view of the principalship; School Leadership and Management
To act or not to act: This is John's dilemma
Voices of Catholic School Lay Principals: Promoting a Catholic Character and Culture in Schools in an Era of Change; AARE
What do we know about the middle-level school leaders in New Zealand? An exploratory study of Auckland secondary deputy and assistant principals; New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership
What do we know about the purposes of education and their enactment in Australian primary schools; The Australian Educational Leader
What do we know about the purposes of education and their enactment in Australian primary schools; The Australian Educational Leader
What is this thing called leadership? Prominent Australians tell their stories; Australian Academic Press
Women approaching retirement: Reflections, issues and hopes; International Womens Conference

Research Projects

Educational Investment in Australian Schooling: Serving Public Purposes; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Student retention beyond the compulsory schooling years in rural, regional and disadvantaged communities; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Review of Professional Learning Institute - Department of Education

Research Candidate Supervision

An Investigation Into What it Means to be a Contemporar "Middle Leader" in NSW Catholic Secondary Schools.
An Investigation of Explicit Teaching in Practice
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND EDUCATION LAW
Communicating About Bullying- Towards More Effective Collaborations Between Parents and Schools
Dilemmas and Challenges- The Principalship of Small Tasmanian Schools.
Effective Professional Learning For Teachers to Enhance Pedagogical Practices and Ensure Relevance to Global Developments and Change
Expert Learning in Collectivities of Practice
Leading and Managing Small Schools in Tasmania
Professional Conversations to Enhance Leadership
What is the Significance of Different Types of Power Possessed by Leaders on Implementing School Change