School of Education

Associate Professor Margaret Plunkett

Position: Higher Research Degree Coordinator  
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Building 2S, Room 2S205 
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

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Courses

  • Immersion Practicum (4th year)
  • Gifted Education (EDFGC2512)

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. Since joining Federation University in 2014, Margaret has held various roles including Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the Faculty of Education and Arts from 2014-2017 and is currently the Higher Degree Research Coordinator for the School of Education.  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 a focus of Margaret's research, along with teacher education, and alternative educational settings. 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. She is the Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, an elected Australian Delegate on the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and on various Editorial Boards of international journals

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

Boli Li (PhD).  Perceptions of Chinese international students and their lecturers regarding learning strategies in Australian universities. Principal supervisor with J. Burke (Associate)

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

Wendy Holcombe (PhD). Reframing Inclusion through the lens of Educational Permaculture. Principal Supervisor with A. Fletcher (Associate).

Anjali Rana (PhD). A comparative analysis of comprehensive sexuality education and co- relation with student outcomes in India and Australia. Principal Supervisor with R. Daniel (Associate).

Ana Larsen (PhD). Student identity and self-efficacy: an exploration of the student experience in an enabling program and an academic skill-based program for first year students. Principal Supervisor with A. Fletcher (Associate)

Completed supervision (last 10 yrs)

Amy Darby Walker (FedUni PhD 2020). A Case study of Teacher roles in engaging with student Aspirations. Associate Supervisor with J. Burke (Principal)

Nhi Leong (FedUni PhD 2020). Internationalisation of Higher Education Curriculum: A case study in Vietnam. Principal Supervisor with M. Dyson (Associate)

Sue Joyce (FedUni PhD 2018). 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)

Brad Shaw (Monash PhD 2017) – 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.

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).

Publications

Books

Dyson, M., Plunkett, M., & McCluskey, K. (2018). Success in Professional Experience: Building Relationships in Educational Settings, Second Edition. UK: Cambridge University Press.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018). Surviving, Reviving and Thriving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd. ISBN: 978-981-10-5731-1.

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 (last 10 yrs)

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2019). Teaching gifted education to pre-service teachers:

Lessons learned. In S. R. Smith (Ed.), International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Asia-Pacific. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Singapore: Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3021-6_67-1

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2019). ‘Broadening horizons’: Raising youth aspirations through a Gippsland school/industry/university partnership, in M. Green, S. Plowright, & N. F. Johnson, (Eds.) (Chapter 6, pp. 93-114), Educational Researchers and the Regional University - Agents of Regional-Global Transformation. Singapore: Springer.

Plunkett, M. (2018). Gifted Students in Rural and Remote settings, in J. Jolly and J. Jarvis (Eds.), (Chapter 11, pp. 171-192), Exploring Gifted Education: Australian and New Zealand Perspectives. UK: Routledge

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018). The Journey Begins. In M. Dyson and M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 1– 5). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Reeves, M., Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018).  A Chronological History of the School. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 7 – 25). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018). A Narrative Account of the Research Journey. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 27 – 42). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018). Choice Theory, Relationships and Community. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 43 – 67). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018). The Student Perspective. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 69-90). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2018). The Teacher Perspective. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 91-105). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. (2018). The Parent Perspective, In M. Dyson and M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp.107-125). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Plunkett, M., Dyson, M., & Holcombe, W. (2018). Experimenting with Place: The China Project. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp.173-201). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd

Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. (2018). Concluding Summary. In M. Dyson & M. Plunkett (Eds.), Surviving, Thriving and Reviving in Adolescence: Research and Narratives from the School for Student Leadership (pp. 203- 205). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd.

Burke, J., Plunkett, M., & Li, B. (2017). Peer enhancement of learning and teaching for teacher educators. In A. Garcia-Valcarcel, F. J. Garcia Penalvo, M. Martin Del Pozo (Eds.) Search and research: Teacher education for contemporary contexts. (pp. 347-356). Salamanca, Espana: Ediciones de Universidad de Salamanca. ISBN: 978 84 9012 769 8

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.

Refereed journal articles (last 10 yrs)

Antoun, M., Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2020). Investigating Lebanese primary school teachers’ perceptions of gifted and highly able students. Gifted and Talented International, 35(1). doi: 10.1080/15332276.2020.1783398

Algamdi, A. A., & Plunkett, M. (2018). Perceptions of Saudi male and female postgraduate students regarding the impact of social networking sites and apps on their academic life: A study of Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 13(5), 19-40.

Kronborg, L., Plunkett, M., Gamble, N., & Kaman, Y. (2018). Control and resilience: The importance of an internal focus to maintain resilience in academically able students. Gifted and Talented International, 32(1), 59-74.

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.

Aktaruzzaman, M., & Plunkett, M. (2016) Adapting Structuration Theory as a Comprehensive Theory for Distance Education: The Astide Model. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2016/I

*Kronborg, 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.

Edited journal (special edition)

Plunkett, M. (2016). Editorial. The Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 26(2), pp. 1-2.

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.

National (Full paper)

Plowright, S., Glowrey, C., Green, M., Fletcher, A.,Harrison, D., Plunkett, M., Emmett., S., & Johnson, N. (2016). Re-imagining 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., Plunkett, M.( 2012), Alternative settings - alternative teachers? Reflections on teaching outside the mainstream, Refereed Conference Proceedings from the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Sydney, Dec 2-6, 2012.

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) (last 10 yrs)

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2019). Preparing future teachers to understand and appropriately respond to gifted students in their classrooms: Results from a longitudinal case study. Paper presented at 23rd Biennial World Conference. World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Nashville, Tennessee, July 2019.

Plunkett, M., & Holcombe, W. (2019). Building confidence in regional pre-service teachers for teaching gifted students. Paper presented at 23rd Biennial World Conference. World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Nashville, Tennessee, July

Plunkett, M., & Kronborg, L. (2018). How can teacher education courses prepare graduates to understand and appropriately respond to gifted students in their classrooms? Results from a longitudinal case study. Workshop presented at World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education (WFATE) 2018 Conference, July 9-11, 2018, Melbourne.

Plunkett, M. (2017). Embedding gifted education in regional pre-service teacher education. Paper presented at the 22nd Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children World Conference: Global Perspectives in Gifted Education, Sydney, Australia, July 20-23, 2017.

Burke, J., Plunkett, M., & Li, B. (2017). Peer enhancement of learning and teaching for teacher educators. Paper presented at 18th Biennial ISATT (International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching) Conference, Salamanca, Spain, July 3-7, 2017.

Antoun, M., Kronborg, L., & Plunkett, M. (2017). The importance of culture in defining and

accommodating giftedness: A Lebanese perspective. Paper presented at the 22nd Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children World Conference: Global Perspectives in Gifted education, Sydney, Australia, July 20-23, 2017.

Aktaruzzaman, M. & Plunkett, M. (2015). An innovative approach towards the development of a comprehensive distance education framework for a developing country. Paper presented at the 21st Century Academic Forum Conference, September 20-22, 2015, Harvard University, USA.

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.

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

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

National (Abstract) (last 10 yrs)

Plunkett, M., & MacGregor, L. (2018). Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of the value of completing an extended practicum in their final year. Paper presented at ATEA/TEFANZ Conference, July 4-6, Melbourne.

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.

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.

Funded research projects (last 10 yrs)

2020Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria. (Latrobe Valley Authority) Fletcher, A., Plunkett, M., Glowrey, C., Levy, S., & Green, M. Inspiring Learning with the World of Work Experiences (Possible Me Project). ($49,337).
2019-20DET, Vic (Grants to support innovation in attraction and preparation of aspiring teachers to address workforce priorities). Burke, J., Brandenburg, R., Plunkett, M., Glowrey, C., Goriss-Hunter, A., McGraw, A., Echter, A., Wines, C., Schmidt, B., & Davis, S. Will I stay or will I go … regional, rural, remote? Addressing teacher shortages through a framework for attracting, supporting and retaining graduate teachers. ($25,000).
2018-19

DET, Vic Strategic Research Seed Funding
Cooley, D., Plunkett, M., Sellings, P., & MacGregor, L. Ameliorating Regional and Rural Beginning Teacher Turnover Rates.  ($53, 856).

2017 HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M. FedUni Discovery Club Gippsland. ($21,000)
2016-17 Smith Family
Johnson, N., Plunkett, M., Glowrey, C., Fletcher, A., & Albon, N. Lakes Entrance School & Community Hub (LESCH) evaluation ($44,358)
2016 HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M. FedUni Discovery Club Gippsland ($19,000)
2015 HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M. FedUni Discovery Club Gippsland ($19,160)
2014 Monash Warwick Alliance Seed Fund
Kronborg, L., Plunkett, M. & Boddison, A. Learning through Social Networks for Gifted Students (IGGY) ($18,000)
2014 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2014 HEPPP Funding
Plunkett, M., & Dyson, M. Discovery Club Re-Establishment & Research ($17,268)
2014 HEPPP Funding
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. Broadening Horizons Research ($18,260)
2014-15 Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. Community Leadership Research Project ($25,000)
2013 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2013 Monash 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)
2012 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2011 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($15,000)
2010-11 Department 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)
2010 Monash 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)
2010 School for Student Leadership
Dyson, M., & Plunkett, M. The Alpine School/Rural learning centre research project ($13,500)

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).

Editorial positions

Associate Editor - Australasian Journal of Gifted Education

International Editorial Review Board member– Gifted and Talented International

Community and professional service

  • Elected Australian Delegate – World Council for Gifted Children (2006-2021)
  • Immediate Past President ACE (2012-2015)
  • President of Gippsland Chapter of Australian College of Educators (ACE) (2009-2012)

Associations

  • Association for Gifted and Talented Education Victoria (AGATEVic)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Australian Association for the Education of Gifted and Talented (AAEGT)
  • Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC)
  • World Council for Gifted Education (WCGE) - Elected Australian Delegate 2009-2021
  • 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