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Dr Linda Henderson is a Senioir Lecturer, Early Years in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her cognate research area is Early Years Education. Her research faciltiates the reimagining of educational leadership that is underpinned by issues of social justice and equity. Her major project in this area is an 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.

An important 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 and a significant number of publications exploring slow scholarship and walking methodologies. She has worked on a number of projects such as the evaluation of a Canine Court Program and Story Dog Reading Program.

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • teacher learning
  • early years
  • policy analysis
  • qualitative research methods
  • work place learning
  • Early Childhood leadership
  • discourse analysis
  • post qualitative methodologies
  • Transitions
  • teacher well-being
  • professionalism
  • therapy dogs in education

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