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Overview


Paul researches school principal leadership, educational governance and policy, school culture, and internationalism. His theoretical approach is interdisciplinary and informed by complexity leadership theory and post-critical cultural theories. He is experienced in both qualitative and mixed methods research. 

His doctoral thesis was the first investigation of principal leadership in Australian schools offering International Baccalaureate programs.

As a former school principal of more than 11 years, Paul is deeply committed to researching, developing and enhancing school leadership and governance capability, both nationally and internationally. He critically explores questions of equity, inclusivity, and social optimism.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2020 Co-designing educational policy: Professional voice and policy making post-COVID
    Published in   International Studies in Educational Administration
    2018 The International Baccalaureate in Australia: trends and issues
    Published in   Compare: a journal of comparative and international education

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2020

    Published In
    International Studies in Educational Administration
    2020

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2020

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2019

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2018

    Published In
    Compare: a journal of comparative and international education
    2008

    Published In
    Journal of Christian Education
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2014

    Published In
    Teaching Well: Insights for educators in Christian Schools
    Publisher
    Canberra
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2020

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • School leadership:
    • governance (systems, policy, finance, law)
    • principalship
    • school culture
    • change leadership
    • critical theory and school leadership
    International Baccalaureate:
    • curriculum
    • leadership
    • sociological critique
    International and comparative education

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Education Young Children's Understanding, Views and Perspectives About Leadership: What Can Leaders Learn from the 'Voices' of Children? Meek, Kate
    Doctor of Education Educational Leadership Cox, Sharyn

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Educational leadership, University of Sydney, School of Education and Social Work, Principals' perspectives on leading International Baccalaureate schools in Australia 2014 - 2019
  • M.Ed. in Philosophy of Education, University of New England, A philosophical critique of a biblically-based Christian educational model' 1994 - 1998
  • Dip.Ed. Diploma of Education 1989
  • B.A. in Theatre/literature 1985 - 1988

Teaching Overview


  • I teach a range of subjects in the field of Educational Leadership, as well as selected Initial Teacher Education subjects. Interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approaches are central to my teaching methods. I also bring 12 years experience as a school principal. This practical breadth and depth complements the wider theoretical and research based material offered through my teaching.

Full Name


  • Dr Paul Kidson

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • S-8802-2019

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2020 Co-designing educational policy: Professional voice and policy making post-COVID
    Published in   International Studies in Educational Administration
    2018 The International Baccalaureate in Australia: trends and issues
    Published in   Compare: a journal of comparative and international education

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2020

    Published In
    International Studies in Educational Administration
    2020

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2020

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2019

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2018

    Published In
    Compare: a journal of comparative and international education
    2008

    Published In
    Journal of Christian Education
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2014

    Published In
    Teaching Well: Insights for educators in Christian Schools
    Publisher
    Canberra
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2020

Potential Supervision Topics


  • School leadership:
    • governance (systems, policy, finance, law)
    • principalship
    • school culture
    • change leadership
    • critical theory and school leadership
    International Baccalaureate:
    • curriculum
    • leadership
    • sociological critique
    International and comparative education

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Education Young Children's Understanding, Views and Perspectives About Leadership: What Can Leaders Learn from the 'Voices' of Children? Meek, Kate
    Doctor of Education Educational Leadership Cox, Sharyn

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Educational leadership, University of Sydney, School of Education and Social Work, Principals' perspectives on leading International Baccalaureate schools in Australia 2014 - 2019
  • M.Ed. in Philosophy of Education, University of New England, A philosophical critique of a biblically-based Christian educational model' 1994 - 1998
  • Dip.Ed. Diploma of Education 1989
  • B.A. in Theatre/literature 1985 - 1988

Teaching Overview


  • I teach a range of subjects in the field of Educational Leadership, as well as selected Initial Teacher Education subjects. Interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approaches are central to my teaching methods. I also bring 12 years experience as a school principal. This practical breadth and depth complements the wider theoretical and research based material offered through my teaching.

Full Name


  • Dr Paul Kidson

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • S-8802-2019