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Fiona Longmuir (PhD), is a Lecturer in Educational Leadership at Monash University. Her doctoral research was completed at the University of Melbourne in 2017 and investigated principal leadership in two Victorian secondary schools that used innovative, student-centred approaches to transform their schools. Current research interests include leadership for social cohesion, community engagement and student agency in schools.

Fiona worked for over 15 years in Victorian government primary schools and held leadership positions for much of this time. For over ten years she worked as Senior Consulting Researcher – Director of Research in Innovative Professional Practice at Educational Transformations in Melbourne, Victoria. This role saw her lead and contribute to research projects that have investigated education systems, school effectiveness and school leadership across Australia and around the world.

Research area keywords

  • School Improvement & Effectiveness
  • School leadership
  • school reform
  • Social Cohesion in Australia
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Leadership and professional learning
  • Innovation
  • School improvement and accountability
  • Principal Preparation
  • Principal Leadership
  • Community and School Relations
  • Student engagement

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Research Output

  • 4 Commissioned Report
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Other Report
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

'A school full of instructional experts': shared instructional leadership in rural schools

Heffernan, A. & Longmuir, F., Dec 2019, In : Leading & Managing. 25, 2, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching in Australia

Heffernan, A., Longmuir, F., Bright, D. & Kim, M., Nov 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 21 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access

Resistant leadership: countering dominant paradigms in school improvement

Longmuir, F., 3 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Educational Administration and History. 51, 3, p. 256-272 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Successful school leadership that is culturally sensitive but not context constrained

Gurr, D., Drysdale, L., Longmuir, F. & McCrohan, K., 2019, Educational Leadership, Culture, and Success in High-Need Schools. Murakami, E. T., Gurr, D. & Notman, R. (eds.). 1st ed. Washington DC: Information Age Publishing, p. 25-43 19 p. (International Research on School Leadership).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review