Faculty of Education and Arts

Associate Professor Margaret Plunkett

Position: Associate Dean - Learning and Teaching
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Building 2S, Room 2S203
Phone: 5122 6980
Email: margaret.plunkett@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University - 2006

Master of Education - Monash University - 2000

Graduate Diploma of Education (Prof Develop Studies) - Monash University - 1995

Diploma in Education- Monash University - 1979

Bachelor of Economics - Monash University -1978

Teaching

Programs

  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Courses

  • EEBED4105 Extended Practicum A/ EDFGC4053/ EDF4311
  • EEBED4106 Extended Practicum B/ EDFGC4054/ EDF4312
  • EDFGC2512 Gifted Education
  • EDFGC6607 Gifted Education: Identification & Programming

Biography

Associate Professor Margaret Plunkett has a background in secondary education. She was Deputy Course Director of Secondary Teacher Education at Monash University from 2007-2009. Margaret coordinates and lectures in a range of courses and programs in both secondary and primary education, related to gifted education and professional experience. Her main area of interest is the field of gifted education with a particular focus on provisioning for highly able rural students. Gifted education has also been the focus of Margaret's research and has included a major evaluation of the SEAL program for the Department of Education, Victoria. Other research interests include teacher education, specifically relating to mentoring partnerships in professional placements, and also alternative educational settings such as the School for Student Leadership, which is a residential setting for Year 9 students, offering nine-week leadership programs. She has published and presented her research at both the national and international level. Margaret has won a number of awards for teaching excellence including the Monash Vice Chancellors Teaching Excellence Award (Special Commendation, 2010); the Pearson/ATEA Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2012); and a National Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT) Citation in 2014.

Areas of expertise

  • Gifted education
  • Rural education
  • Alternative educational settings
  • Teacher mentoring and professional development

Research interests

  • Gifted and talented education, particularly in rural contexts
  • Alternative educational settings
  • Teacher education in general

Supervision

Current doctoral students

Brad Shaw (Monash PhD) – Reframing Technical Vocational Education in Papua New Guinea: An Autoethnographic Investigation into the Commercialisation of a Mining Town Technical College. Joint supervisor with M. Dyson.

Sue Joyce (PhD). Investigating the impact of participation in alternative education from a positive psychological perspective: A case study of the School for Student Leadership. Principal Supervisor with C. Glowrey (Associate)

Nhi Leong (PhD). Internationalisation of Higher Education Curriculum: A case study in Vietnam.  Principal Supervisor with M. Dyson (Associate)

Heather Ernst (PhD). Probability in Secondary Mathematics. Principal Supervisor with P. Sellings (Associate).

Linda MacGregor (PhD). Service learning in Teacher Education. Principal Supervisor with A. Fetcher (Associate).

Wendy Holcombe (PhD). The impact and influence of temparement type on high-functioning students with ASD in mainstream schools. Principal Supervisor with A. Fletcher (Associate).

Markus Freiverts (PhD). The integration of hope theory as a positive psychology foundational framework in the development and application of high school curricula. Principal Supervisor with H. Ma (Associate).

Completed supervision

Alghamdi, A. (Monash PhD 2017). Perceptions of Saudi male and female postgraduate students regarding the impact of social networking sites and apps on their academic life and social capital: A study of Umm Al-Qura University – Makkah. Joint Supervisor (with M. Dyson)

Aktaruzzman, Md (Monash PhD 2016). Investigating Distance Education Systems in Developing and Developed Countries to Inform Policies and Practices in Bangladesh. Main supervisor (with M. Dyson).

Antoun, M. (Monash PhD 2015). Developing a framework for gifted education in Lebanon. Joint supervisor (with L. Kronborg).

Daniel, R. (Monash PhD 2015). India and the English Language: A Combined Synoptic /Case Study Approach to the Cultural and Linguistic Contexts for English as the World's Lingua Franca. Joint supervisor (with T. Taylor).

Holcombe, W. (Monash MEd 2015). Temperament Type: Bridges and Barriers in the Education of High-Functioning Students with ASD in Mainstream Schools. Main supervisor with M. Dyson (Associate).

Sellings, P.  (Monash PhD 2013). A study of the effects of student generated representations on student engagement and learning. Associate supervisor with B. Waldrip (Main).

Shiels, M.  (Monash MEd 2012). Assessment: The Movie. The Alignment of Assessment with 21st Century Classroom Teaching and Learning Practices. Main supervisor with M. Osborn (Associate).

Sahingoz, S. (Monash MEd 2011). Achievement and attitudes towards school and learning in a culturally diverse secondary educational setting: The student perspective. Joint supervisor (with L. Kronborg).

Theodore, C. (Monash PhD 2010). Program of Study: In what ways and by what means does a regional leadership program contribute to the social capital of a region? A case study of Gippsland. Joint supervisor (with L. Cairns).

O'Connor, D. (Monash MEd 2008). NOT WAVING, DROWNING? Exploring perceptions of AUSTSWIM teachers of swimming and water safety. Joint supervisor (with M. Osborn).

Cartwright, K. (Monash MEd 2008). Regional Education & Sustainable Rural Communities. Joint supervisor (with T. Taylor).

Publications

Books

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2017). Surviving, Reviving and Thriving in Adolescence – Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership. Springer. (Due for publication mid 2017).

Dyson, M., Plunkett, M., & McCluskey, K. (2015). Success in Professional Experience. UK; Cambridge University Press.

Plunkett, M., 2009, Tales from the Pond: Student Perceptions of Ability Grouped and Mainstream Learning Environments. Germany: VDM Verlag

Book chapters

Plunkett, M. (2017 – in press). Gifted Students in Rural and Remote settings, in J. Jolly and J. Jarvis (Eds.). Exploring Gifted Education: Australian and New Zealand Perspectives. UK: Routledge

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2014). Developing relationships and improving the mentoring experience using Reflective Mentoring, in David, B. Zandvliet (Ed), Interpersonal Relationships in Education: From Theory to Practice. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Waldrip, B., Gunstone, A., & Plunkett, M. (2013). Developing Sustainable Education in Regional Australia, in Andrew Gunstone (Ed), Developing Sustainable Education in Regional Australia (pp. 1-7). Australia: Monash University Publishing.

Tennant, J., West, A., Plunkett, M., & Howard, R. (2013). Educating for a Sustainable Future Through the Redevelopment of the Online Learning Experience for Off-Campus Students, in Andrew Gunstone (Ed), Developing Sustainable Education in Regional Australia (pp. 8-24). Australia: Monash University Publishing

Plunkett, M. (2012). Justice for rural gifted students, in S. Nikakis (Ed). Let the tall poppies flourish: advocating to achieve educational justice for all gifted students. (pp.37-49). Australia: Heidelberg Press

Kronborg, L., Kelly, L., & Plunkett, M. (2010). Curricula responses to teaching gifted students in Australia (3rd Ed). Maker, C.J. & Schiver, S.W. Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Gifted Learners (pp.317-327). Austin TX; ProEd.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2009). Providing an Optimal School Context for Talent Development: An Extended Curriculum Program in Practice (4.11) in Eyre, D. (ED) Major Themes in Gifted Education (4 Volumes). Routledge: London

Plunkett, M. (2002). Impacting on teacher attitudes toward gifted students. In W. Vialle & J. Geake (Eds.), The Gifted Enigma: A Collection of Articles (pp. 240-249). Melbourne: Hawker Brownlow Education

Refereed journal articles

Aktaruzzaman, M., & Plunkett, M (2017). Institutional and Community Perceptions of Distance Education in Bangladesh: Preparing for the 21st Century. The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 18(2),

Holcombe, W., & Plunkett, M. (2016). The Bridges and Barriers Model of Support for High-Functioning Students with ASD in Mainstream Schools. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(9), 27-47.

Aktaruzzaman, M., & Plunkett, M (2016). An Innovative Approach Towards a Comprehensive Distance Education Framework for a Developing Country. American Journal of Distance Education, 30(4), 211-224. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08923647.2016.1227098

Aktaruzzaman, M., & Plunkett, M. (2016) Adapting Structuration Theory as a  Comprehensive Theory for Distance Education: The Astide Model. Europetaan Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2016/I http://www.eurodl.org/?p=archives&year=2016&halfyear=1&article=713

*Kronberg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2015). Providing an optimal school context for talent development: An extended curriculum program in practice. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 24(2), 61-24.
*This was a 35th anniversary special edition devoted to outstanding articles previously published in the journal. Only 7 articles were chosen to be published.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2013). Responding to professional learning: How effective teachers differentiate teaching and learning strategies to engage highly able adolescents. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 22(2), 52-63.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2012). Examining teacher attitudes and perceptions of teacher competencies required in a new selective high school. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 21(2), 33-47.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2012). Making a Difference by Embracing Cooperative Learning Practices in an Alternate Setting: An Exciting Combination to Incite the Educational Imagination. Journal of Classroom Interaction, 47(2), 13-24.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2011). Learning to be a Teacher of the Gifted: The Importance of Examining Opinions and Challenging Misconceptions. Gifted and Talented International, 26(1&2), 31-46.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2011). Becoming a Teacher and Staying One: Examining the Complex Ecologies Associated with Educating and Retaining New Teachers in Rural Australia. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(1), 31-47.

Somerville, M., Plunkett, M. & Dyson, M. (2010). New teachers learning in rural and regional Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38(1), 1-17.

Plunkett, M. (2009). Re-conceptualizing ability grouping within a social justice framework: A student perspective. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education,18(2), 5-16.

Kronborg, L., Plunkett, M., Kelly, L & Urquart, F. (2008). Student attitudes towards learning in differentiated settings. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 17(2), 23-32.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2008). Curriculum differentiation: An Innovative Australian secondary school program to extend academic talent. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 17(1), 19-9.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2007). The importance of social-emotional context: Perceptions of students, parents and teachers regarding an Extended Curriculum Program for students with high abilities. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 16(2), 35-43.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2007). Gifted education in Australia: A story of striving for balance. Gifted Education International 23(1), 72-83.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2006). Providing an optimal school context for talent development: An extended curriculum program in practice. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 15(1), 16-24.

Plunkett, M., Harvey, D., & Harvey, B. (2003). Survived or thrived? Reflections of graduates of an accelerated learning program. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 12(2), 5-17.

Plunkett, M. (2000). Impacting on teacher attitudes toward gifted students. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 9(2), 33-42.

Plunkett, M. (2000). Educating teachers to meet the needs of the gifted: An option or a necessity? TalentEd, 18(1&2), 9-16.)

Plunkett, M., & Harvey, D. (1999). Accelerated learning programs: Lessons from a country college. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 8(2), 16-19.

Plunkett, M., & Harvey, D. (1995). Teaching the gifted: Is interest alone enough? Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 4(1), 16-21.

Refereed conference proceedings

International (Full paper)

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2015). Broadening Horizons: A Story of Moving Towards Justice Through Building Aspirations for Rural Students in Regional Australia. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA, April, 2015.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2014). Utilising research to empower teaching practice and educational policy development in relation to gifted education: An Australian case study. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PN, USA, April, 2014.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2012). More than knowing: helping teachers understand the needs of highly able students in a new select entry school . Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 2012.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2012). An innovative mentoring approach to prepare holistic educators for the 21st Century. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 2012.

Dyson, M., Plunkett, M., & Dyson, B. (2011). Making a difference by embracing cooperative learning practices in an alternate setting: An exciting combination to incite the social imagination . Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2011.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2010). Becoming a teacher and staying one: Examining the complex ecologies associated with educating and retaining new teachers in rural Australia . Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, May, 2010.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2010). Complex ecologies playing out in Australia: Creating holistic learning environments for adolescents . Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, May, 2010

Plunkett, M. (2009). Re-conceptualizing ability grouping within a social justice framework: A student perspective. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, April 2009.

Plunkett, M., Dyson, M., & Schneider, P. (2013). A unique educational experience for adolescents: What do students and parents love and fear about the School for Student Leadership . Refereed Conference Proceedings from AARE Research Conference, Adelaide, Dec 01 - 05, 2013.

Dyson, M.D., Plunkett, M.M., 2012, Alternative settings - alternative teachers? Reflections on teaching outside the mainstream, AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, 2 December 2012 to 6 December 2012, Australian Association for Research in Education, Deakin ACT Australia, pp. 1-12.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2011). Shifting the focus in teacher education: Foregrounding the value of teacher/student relationships. Refereed conference proceedings from the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Annual Conference, Melbourne, July 3-6, 2011.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2010). Making a Difference: A different way of being a teacher in an alternate educational setting. Refereed Conference Proceedings from AARE International Research Conference, Melbourne, November 29-Dec 02, 2010.

National (Full paper)

Plowright, S., Glowrey, C., Green, M., Fletcher, A., Harrison, D., Plunkett, M., Emmett., S., & Johnson, N. (2016). Reimagining and Transforming Identity as Rural Researchers and Educators: A (Con)textual Fugue. Refereed Conference Proceedings from AARE Research Conference, Melbourne, Nov 27- Dec 01, 2016.

Plunkett, M., Dyson, M., & Schneider, P. (2013). A unique educational experience for adolescents: What do students and parents love and fear about the School for Student Leadership . Refereed Conference Proceedings from AARE Research Conference, Adelaide, Dec 01 - 05, 2013.

Dyson, M.D., Plunkett, M.M., 2012, Alternative settings - alternative teachers? Reflections on teaching outside the mainstream, AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, 2 December 2012 to 6 December 2012, Australian Association for Research in Education, Deakin ACT Australia, pp. 1-12.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2011). Shifting the focus in teacher education: Foregrounding the value of teacher/student relationships. Refereed conference proceedings from the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Annual Conference, Melbourne, July 3-6, 2011.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2010). Making a Difference: A different way of being a teacher in an alternate educational setting. Refereed Conference Proceedings from AARE International Research Conference, Melbourne, November 29-Dec 02, 2010.

International (Abstract)

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2015). Teaching gifted students: How well prepared do our future teachers feel for the challenge? International Gifted Conference (AAEGT, QAGTC, IRADTE) Illuminating the Spectrum of Giftedness and Talent Development. Brisbane, Australia, March 19-21, 2015.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2014). Engaging learners through alternative practices: what can we learn from the school for student leadership? Paper presented at A Child's World -Next Steps conference, Aberystwyth Uni, Wales, UK June 25-27.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2014). Reflective mentoring: empowering relationships and practices in pre-service teacher education. Paper presented at A Child's World -Next Steps conference, Aberystwyth Uni, Wales, UK. June 25-27.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2012). Building a culture of positive interpersonal relationships in teacher education through a process of reflective mentoring. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Interpersonal Relationships in Education (ICIRE), Vancouver, Canada, April, 2012.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2011). Making a World of Difference for Gifted Students Through Supporting Teachers' Understandings of Giftedness . Paper presented at the 19th Biennial World Conference for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Prague, Czech Republic, August 8-12, 2011.

Kronborg, L., Meath, T., Page, R., & Plunkett, M. (2011). A New Selective High School: What Makes it Effective? Symposium presented at the 19th Biennial World Conference for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Prague - Czech Republic, August 8-12, 2011.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2010). Learning to be a teacher of the gifted in a supportive learning community: Challenging preconceptions. Paper presented at the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness. Sydney, July 28- Aug 01.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2010). Building positive relationships through an alternate educational setting: An Australian case study . Poster presentation at the International Conference on Interpersonal Relationships in Education (ICIRE), Boulder, Colorado, April, 2010. * Awarded Best poster prize

Plunkett, M. (2009). Re-conceptualizating social justice implications of ability grouping based on student perceptions . Paper presented at the 18th Biennial World Conference. World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Vancouver, Canada, August 4-9, 2009.

Plunkett, M., Kronborg, L., & Pilbrow, J. (2009). Impacting on pre-service teacher attitudes towards giftedness and gifted education: Can a semester make a difference? Paper presented at the 18th Biennial World Conference. World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Vancouver, Canada, August 4-9, 2009.

National (Abstract)

Plunkett, M. (2015). A Tripartite Overview of Giftedness in a Rural Context. Keynote presentation at 2015 Gifted Futures Forum for Talent Enhancement, University of New South Wales, Oct 23-24, 2015.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2013). Developing teacher expertise in response to professional learning in a new selective high school for academically able adolescents. Paper presented as part of a symposium in Motivation and Learning SIG at AARE Research Conference, Adelaide, Dec 01 - 05, 2013.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2013). Empowering relationships and practices through reflective mentoring. Paper presented as part of a symposium in Teacher education and Research Innovation SIG at AARE Research Conference, Adelaide, Dec 01 - 05, 2013.

Dyson, M.D., Plunkett, M.M., 2012, An innovative mentoring approach to prepare holistic educators for the 21st century, American Educational Research Association 2012 Annual Meeting Program, 13 April 2012 to 17 April 2012, American Educational Research Association, Washington DC USA, p. 72.

Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2012). Teachers' understandings of the needs of highly able students in a new select entry school. Paper presented at 13th National Conference on Giftedness, Adelaide, July 11-14, 2012.

Plunkett, M. (2012). Going for gold in regional Victoria: Challenges and future possibilities related to teaching highly able rural students. Paper presented at Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Annual Conference, Adelaide, July 1-4, 2012.

Dyson, M., Plunkett, M., & Dyson, B. (2010). Cooperative learning and teaching experiences: Making a difference to Year 9 students in alternate settings. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education Conference Melbourne, November 29-December 02,2010.

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2010). Motivational orientation of females in mainstream and high ability settings. Paper presented in a symposium at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference Melbourne, November 29-December 02, 2010.

Plunkett, M. (2009). Reconceptualising educational provision for high ability within a social justice framework . Keynote presentation at Victorian Association for Gifted & Talented Children conference. Melbourne, August 12-13, 2009.

Funded research projects

2017HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M. FedUni Discovery Club Gippsland. ($21,000)
2016-17Smith Family
Johnson, N., Plunkett, M., Glowrey, C., Fletcher, A., & Albon, N. Lakes Entrance School & Community Hub (LESCH) evaluation ($44,358)
2016HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M. FedUni Discovery Club Gippsland ($19,000)
2015HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M. FedUni Discovery Club Gippsland ($19,160) 
2014Monash Warwick Alliance Seed Fund
Kronborg, L., Plunkett, M. & Boddison, A. Learning through Social Networks for Gifted Students (IGGY) ($18,000)
2014School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000) 
2014HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. Discovery Club Re-Establishment & Research ($17,268) 
2014HEPPP Funding
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. Broadening Horizons Research ($18,260)
2014-15Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. Community Leadership Research Project ($25,000)
2013School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2013Monash University Faculty of Education Small Grant
Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. Motivating for Achievement: An exploration of academic self-concept and resilience in relation to adolescents’ aptitude and achievement orientation ($14,530)
2012School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2011School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2010-11Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Tudball, L., Brown, J., Keast, S., Dyson, M., Plunkett, M. & Williams, J. In collaboration with Clarke, T., University of British Columbia, Canada.
Development of the Profession, not just Professional Development ($65,687)
2010Monash University Faculty of Education Small Grant
Kronborg, L. & Plunkett, M. New school, new teaching and professional learning opportunities in a unique educational setting ($12,298)
2010School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($13,500) 
2009DVC-E, Monash Berwick (Director's Office), DEECD
Steele, P., Corrigan, D., Plunkett, M., Kronborg, L., Racunica, K., Page, R., & Dempster, J. Berwick Knowledge Hub: Monash Enhance Program in South East Outer Melbourne ($125,000) 
2009Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and the Victorian Institute of Teaching
Somerville, M., Rennie, J., Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. New teachers learning in rural and regional communities ($24,750)
2009School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($13,500) 
2007Gippsland Research Publication Bursary
Plunkett, M. The Tale continues: PhD follow up ($2,500)
2006-07Monash University Faculty of Education Small Grant
Somerville, M. & Plunkett, M. Mapping new teachers’ learning place and forming community ($12,000) 
2006Gippsland Strategic Initiative Grant
Plunkett, M. & Osborn, M. Investigating the pedagogical and social needs of the Gippsland Education Precinct (GEP) Community ($2500)
2005Melbourne Girls Grammar School
Kronborg, L. & Plunkett, M. Evaluation of the Extended Curriculum Program (ECP) at Melbourne Girls Grammar School ($12,000) 
2004Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Plunkett, M. & Kronborg, L. Evaluation of Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Programs ($25,000)

Awards

2014 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning ($10,000 prize)

2012 Pearson/ATEA Teacher Educator of the Year

2010 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence: Special Commendation

2005 Award for Life Long Learning from the Australian College of Educators (Gippsland Group)

2000 The Annual Research Award - for research into Gifted Education from TalentEd (A refereed journal designed to promote the exchange of information about current research, theory and best practice in gifted education and talent development).

Associations

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Australian Association for the Education of Gifted and Talented (AAEGT)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC)
  • World Council for Gifted Education (WCGE) - Elected Australian Delegate 2006-2008, 2009-2011, 2011-2013, 2013- 2015, 2015-2017
  • Australian College of Educators (ACE) - President Gippsland chapter 2009 - 2012
  • Australasian Journal of Gifted Education – Associate Editor
  • Gifted & Talented International – Editorial Board
  • Australian Journal of Teacher Education - Consultant Editor
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual meetings (Gifted SIG) - Reviewer