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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. 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 open up new ways of working for teachers and teacher educators.

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 the development of pedagogical leadership. She is also very interested in the development of pre-service teachers praxis and has taken on key leadership roles in the area of professional practice. Through this work she has successfully developed partnerships with an early childhood providers to implement a cluster model for professional placements. A key aspect of this model inlcuded developing and providing seminar programs for mentor teachers and pre-service teachers whilst on placement. Research arising from this work has demonstrated significant improvement in pre-service teachers' experiences during their professional placements. Dr Linda Henderson has also acted as chief investigaotr on a number of contracts undertaking literature reviews and policy analysis for independent schools. This has included providing schools with accruate advise around issues such as single-sex schooling versus coeducation, use of learning spaces to enhance student learning and collaboration across sectors to develop strategic plans.

Research interests

Teacher learning and development

Pedagogical leadership in the early years

Early years policy 

Pre-service teacher learning 

Workplace learning

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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Projects 2018 2020

Learning-rich leadership for quality improvement in early education

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


Project: Research

Research Output 2004 2019

Civic engagement as empowerment: sharing our names and remembering our her-stories—resisting ofuniversity: The women who write

Henderson, L., Black, A., Crimmins, G. & Jones, J. K., 1 Jan 2019, Strategies for Resisting Sexism in the Academy: Higher Education, Gender and Intersectionality. Crimmins, G. (ed.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 287-304 18 p. (Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education).

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

3 Citations (Scopus)

Positioning ourselves in our academic lives: exploring personal/professional identities, voice and agency

Black, A., Crimmins, G. & Henderson, L. G., 2019, In : Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 40, 4, p. 530-544 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Problematising policies for workforce reform in early childhood education: a rhetorical analysis of England’s Early Years Teacher Status

Kay, L., Wood, E., Nuttall, J. & Henderson, L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Education Policy. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Writing together at a distance

Henderson, L. & Thomas, L. M., 2019, Academic Writing and Identity Constructions: Performativity, Space and Territory in Academic Workplaces. Thomas, L. M. & Reinertsen, A. B. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 169-193 25 p.

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

3 Citations (Scopus)

Formative interventions in leadership development in early childhood education: The potential of double stimulation

Nuttall, J., Thomas, L. & Henderson, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Early Childhood Research. 16, 1, p. 80-91 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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