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

  • Theory and practice of learning & teaching (EDFGC5807)
  • Learners with special needs in the primary classroom (EDFGC1029)
  • Teacher as a professional (EDF5809)
  • Professional Contexts 1 & 2 (EDF4311/4312)
  • Gifted Education (EDF4512)

Biography

Associate Professor Margaret Plunkett has a background in secondary education. She was Deputy Course Director of Secondary Teacher Education at Monash from 2007-2009. Margaret coordinates and lectures in a range of course and programs in both secondary and primary education, mainly related to the professional placement. However, 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

Margaret's research interests are diverse but her major focus is on education and educational settings.

Supervision

Current supervision

PhD - Thesis Title: Developing professional learning communities: A case study in Foreign Trade University. Supervisors: Dyson, M (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint).

PhD -Thesis Title: Probability in Secondary Mathematics. Supervisors: Plunkett, M (Main), Sellings, P (Associate).

PhD - Thesis Title: Investigating the impact of participation in alternative education from a positive psychological perspective: A case study of the School for Student Leadership. Supervisors: Dyson, M (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint).

PhD - Thesis Title: Developing a framework to inform educational provision for gifted primary students in Lebanon. Supervisors: Kronborg, L (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint).

PhD - Thesis Title: Perceptions of Saudi tertiary students towards the impact of using social networking sites on their academic and social lives: A study of Umm Al-Qura University- Makkah. Supervisors: Dyson, M (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint), Snyder, I (Honorary).

PhD - Thesis Title: Reframing technical vocational education and training in Papua New Guinea: an auto-ethnographic investigation into the commercialisation of a mining town technical college. Supervisors: Dyson, M (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint), Snyder, I (Honorary).

PhD - Thesis Title: ICT based distance education framework for a developing country: A case of Bangladesh. Supervisors: Plunkett, M (Joint -co), Dyson, M (Joint), Snyder, I (Honorary)

MEd - Thesis Title: Beyond the Barriers: Exploring strategies for improving performance in twice-gifted students. Supervisors: Plunkett, M (Joint-co), Dyson, M (Joint), Snyder, I (Honorary).

MEd - Thesis Title: An investigation of adolescent female perceptions of leadership and personal empowerment: A Case Study. Supervisors: Dyson, M (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint), Snyder, I (Honorary).

Completed supervision

Daniel, R. 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. (PhD) 2015. Supervisors: Taylor, T (Joint-co), Plunkett, M (Joint).

Sellings, P. A study of the effects of student generated representations on student engagement and learning. (PhD) 2013. Supervisors: Waldrip, B (Main), Plunkett, M (Associate).

Shiels, M. Assessment: The Movie. The Alignment of Assessment with 21st Century Classroom Teaching and

Learning Practices. (Masters) 2012. Supervisors: Plunkett, M (Main), Osborn, M (Associate)

Sahingoz, S. Achievement and attitudes towards school and learning in a culturally diverse secondary educational setting: The student perspective. (Masters) 2011. Supervisors: Plunkett, M (Joint-Co), Kronborg, L (Joint).

Theodore, C. 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. (PhD) 2010. Supervisors: Cairns, L (Joint-Co), Plunkett, M (Joint).

O'Connor, D. NOT WAVING, DROWNING ? Exploring perceptions of AUSTSWIM teachers of swimming and water safety. (Masters) 2008. Supervisors: Plunkett, M (Joint-Co), Osborn, M (Joint).

Cartwright, K. Regional Education & Sustainable Rural Communities. (Masters) 2008. Supervisors: Taylor, A (Joint-Co), Plunkett, M (Joint).

Publications

Books

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

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

Book chapters

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

Refereed journal articles

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., & 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)

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., & 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)

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 grants

2014 - 2015.Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2014). Community Leadership Research project ($25,000)

2014 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2014). The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)

2013 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2013). The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)

2013 Monash University Faculty of Education Small Grant
Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2013). Motivating for Achievement: An exploration of academic self concept and resilience in relation to adolescents' aptitude and achievement orientation ($14,530)

2012 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2012). The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)

2011 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2011). The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)

2010-11 Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
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)

2010 Monash University Faculty of Education Small Grant.
Kronborg, L. & Plunkett, M. (2010). New school, new teaching and professional learning opportunities in a unique educational setting ($12,298).

2010 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2010). The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($13,500)

2009 DVC-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).

2009 Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Somerville, M., Rennie, J., Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M (2009). New teachers learning in rural and regional communities ($24,750)

2009 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2009). The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($13,500)

2007 Gippsland Research and Publication Bursary
Plunkett, M. (2007). The Tale continues: PhD follow up ($2,500)

2006-2007 Monash University Faculty of Education Small Grant.
Somerville, M. & Plunkett, M (2007). Mapping new teachers' learning place and forming community ($12,000)

2006-2008 Gippsland Strategic Initiative Grant
Plunkett, M. & Osborn, M. (2006). Investigating the pedagogical and social needs of the Gippsland Education Precinct (GEP) Community ($2,500)

2005 Melbourne Girls Grammar School.
Kronborg, L. & Plunkett, M. (2005). Evaluation of the Extended Curriculum Program (ECP) at Melbourne Girls Grammar School ($12,000)

2004 Department of Education and Training, Victoria.
Plunkett, M. & Kronborg, L. (2004). Evaluation of Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Programs ($25,000)

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
  • Australian College of Educators (ACE) - President Gippsland chapter 2009 - 2012
  • Australian Journal of Teacher Education - Consultant Editor
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual meetings (Gifted SIG) - Reviewer