Jane Wilkinson is Associate Professor in Educational Leadership at Monash University, an adjunct lecturer at the Research Institute for Professional Practice and Learning in Education (RIPPLE) at Charles Sturt University and Master of Leadership Course Leader. Jane is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Educational Leadership, convenor of the Australian Association of Education (AARE) Educational Leadership Special Interest Group and a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders’ Victorian executive.
Jane has been a deputy principal of a large rural secondary school in Victoria, an English curriculum consultant and began her career as a secondary English, ESL and French teacher.
Jane’s research interests are in the areas of educational leadership for social justice, with a particular focus on issues of gender and ethnicity; and theorising educational leadership as practice, drawing on sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s work and the philosopher Ted Schatzki. Jane has published widely in the areas of women and leadership, refugee students and theorising leadership as practice.
Her most recent books include: Professional development: Education for All as praxis (Wilkinson, Bristol, Ponte, 2016); and Changing practices, changing education (Kemmis, Wilkinson et al., 2014). The latter book is based on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant examining the interconnections between leading, professional development, teaching and student learning in exemplary primary schools in two Australian states.