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Dr Linda Henderson is a Senioir Lecturer, Early Years in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her research is focused on Early Years teachers and their work and learning. In particular, her research faciltiates the reimagining of educational leadership. Her major project in this area is the ARC Discovery Project: Learning-rich leadership for quality improvement in early education. Employing feminist poststructuralist methodologies, she is particularly interested in exploring intersections between institutional cultures, the impact of reform measures and policy implementation, and the effects these have on the everyday work of teachers. Her research has a strong focus on issues of social justice and equity and so she is also interested in how collaborative research methods can transform ways of working in education contexts.

Her initial doctoral research investigated the workplace politics for early childhood teachers located in a school setting. She continues to explore the early childhood-school relationship, and particularly its impact on issues such as shared practices to support children as they transition into school. This has included working on a number of funded projects with key industry partners. One aspect of this work includes working with early childhood teachers and junior primary teachers with a focus on reimagining educational leadership across sectors. 

A further aspect of her work is that of enhancing health and wellbeing for those working in education contexts. She has a number of publications arising from this work, including an edited book engaging with the intersection between motherhood and working as an academic in the university. She has worked on a number of projects such as the evaluation of a Canine Court Program and Story Dog Reading Program. Both projects were underpinned by the research demonstrating the enhancement of health and wellbeing of people when engaging with therapy dogs. 

Research interests

Teacher learning and development

Reimagining educational leadership

Policy Analysis 

Enhancing health and wellbeing 

Qualitative and post-qualitative research methodologies 

Feminist practices and methdologies

Narrative Inquiry

Action Reserach and Participatory Action Research

Research area keywords

  • teacher learning
  • early years
  • policy analysis
  • qualitative research methods
  • work place learning
  • pre-service teacher learning
  • workplace politics

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Learning-rich leadership for quality improvement in early education

Nuttall, J., Henderson, L. & Wood, E.


Project: Research

Research Output

(Re)birthing the Feminine in Academe: Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts

Henderson, L. (ed.), Black, A. L. (ed.) & Garvis, S. (ed.), 2020, 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 290 p. (Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

(re)claiming our soulful intuitive lives: initiating wildish energy into the academy through story, dreaming and connecting with mother earth

Henderson, L., Black, A. L. & Srinivasan, P., 2020, (Re)birthing the Feminine in Academe: Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts. Henderson, L., Black, A. L. & Garvis, S. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 103-127 25 p. (Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education).

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

Educational Leaders and the project of professionalisation in early childhood education in Australia

Martin, J., Nuttall, J., Henderson, L. & Wood, E., 2020, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 101, 15 p., 101559.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Policy rhetorics and responsibilization in the formation of early childhood Educational Leaders in Australia

Nuttall, J., Henderson, L., Wood, E. & Trippestad, T. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Education Policy. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The Impact of The Story Dogs Reading Program on Students Wellbeing: Report for Story Dogs

Henderson, L., Grove, C., Lee, F., Trainer, L., Schena, H. & Prentice, M., 2020, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 44 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Press / Media

Podcast: Therapy dogs in school settings

Linda Henderson & Christine Jeanette Grove


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Dr. Linda Henderson on Participatory Action Research

Linda Henderson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research