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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 2019

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

Challenges for public education: perils and possibilities for educational leadership, policy and social justice

Wilkinson, J., Eacott, S. & Niesche, R., 2019, Challenges for Public Education: Reconceptualising Educational Leadership, Policy and Social Justice as Resources for Hope. Wilkinson, J., Niesche, R. & Eacott, S. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 1-13 13 p. (Local/Global Issues in Education).

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

District offices fostering educational change through instructional leadership practices in Australian Catholic secondary schools

Wilkinson, J., Edwards-Groves, C., Grootenboer, P. & Kemmis, S., 9 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Educational Administration. 57, 5, p. 501-518 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Educational leadership in Australia: commonalities and contestation

Wilkinson, J. & Brooks, J. S., 2019, Asia Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration. Fernandes, V. & Chan, P. W. K. (eds.). 1st ed. Charlotte NC USA: Information Age Publishing, p. 31-43 13 p. (Leadership, Schools, and Change).

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

Educational leading as pedagogical love: the case for refugee education

Wilkinson, J. & Kaukko, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Leadership in Education. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review