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Jane Wilkinson is Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education at Monash University, Associate Dean Graduate Research and an adjunct in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University. Jane is Lead Editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History and a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership, Victorian executive.

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/praxis. She is a lead developer of the theory of practice architectures (Kemmis, Wilkinson, Edwards-Groves, Hardy, Grootenboer, & Bristol, 2014). She also draws 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/praxis.

Her most recent publications include:

Naidoo, L., Wilkinson, J., Adoniou, M., & Langat, K. (2018). Refugee background students transitioning into higher education: Navigating complex spaces. Springer: https://link.springer.com/search?query=978-981-13-0419-4

Kaukko, M., & Wilkinson, J. (2018). ‘Learning how to go on’: refugee students and informal learning practices Journal of Inclusive Education. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/10.1080/13603116.2018.1514080

Wilkinson, J& Bristol, L. (Eds.) (2018).  Educational leadership as a culturally-constructed practice: New directions and possibilities. Singapore: Routledge https://www.routledge.com/Educational-Leadership-as-a-Culturally-Constructed-Practice-New-Directions/Wilkinson-Bristol/p/book/9781138915312

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.

Research interests

  • Feminist theories of leadership
  • Leadership as practice, in particular practice architectures and praxis, and practice theorists Pierre Bourdieu and Theodore Schatzki
  • Leadership as social justice
  • Refugee education

Research area keywords

  • Educational Leadership Studies
  • gender
  • Refugees
  • practice theory

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 1995 2020

Educational leading as pedagogical love: the case for refugee education

Wilkinson, J. & Kaukko, M., 2 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Leadership in Education. 23, 1, p. 61-76 16 p.

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Embracing social inclusion? The asylum seeker experience of applying for admission to tertiary education in Australia

Dunwoodie, K., Webb, S. & Wilkinson, J., 2020, Power and Possibility: Adult Education in a Diverse and Complex World. Finnegan, F. & Grummell, B. (eds.). 1st ed. The Netherlands: Brill, p. 143-153 11 p. (Research on the Education and Learning of Adults; vol. 7).

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

Open Access

Widening university access for students of asylum-seeking backgrounds: (mis)recognition in an Australian context

Dunwoodie, K., Kaukko, M., Wilkinson, J., Reimer, K. & Webb, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Higher Education Policy. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Acknowledging the head, heart, hands and feet: research with refugees and people seeking asylum in higher education

Reimer, K., Kaukko, M., Dunwoodie, K., Wilkinson, J. & Webb, S., May 2019, In : Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 21, 2, p. 190-208 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Building bridges between schools and everyday learning spaces for refugee students: a response to Eileen Honan

Wilkinson, J. & Faulkner, J., Oct 2019, In : Literacy Learning: the Middle Years. 27, 3, p. 26-30 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Press / Media

Taking the lead from successful social cohesion in schools

Jane Wilkinson


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