Rachel McNae PhD

Rachel's teaching spans a range of areas in the field of Educational Leadership.   She also teaches across the taught Masters Programme and coordinates the Doctorate of Education in the Faculty of Education.  Rachel's portfolio of postgraduate supervision is diverse and demonstrates a critical awareness of supporting educational leaders in their research endeavours.

PhD and Doctoral Supervision
Rachel supervises a number of postgraduate students at the Masters, Ed D and PhD Level.  For questions about supervision, please feel free to make contact either with Rachel or the University of Waikato Postgraduate Studies Office.

Current projects being supervised:  

  • Anglican School leaders and Social Justice in the Solomon Islands
  • Women’s leadership in Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands secondary schools:  A case study
  • Women Leading in Silence in Papua New Guinea Higher Education    
  • Seen but not heard: women's experiences of educational leadership in Solomon Islands secondary schools
  • Coaching and mentoring in the Tertiary education context
  • Developing community partnerships to enhance youth leadership
  • Appreciating Youth Leadership in NZ Secondary Schools  
  • Appreciating learning: Students using their 'voice' in Appreciative Inquiry into learning how to learn
  • School leaders and relational theory
  • Children as decision-makers in our primary schools – process, purpose and participation   
  • Turning Schools Around - Leading through Ministry imposed school interventions
  • Social Network Theory and Leadership Positioning

DSOE995 - Doctorate of Education Residential Papers 
Rachel teaches and coordinates the EdD residential papers taught on campus.

Educational Leadership and Community - PROF504

This paper critically examines the contextual and relational nature of educational leadership in community contexts. Understandings of leadership practice in community will be examined along with developmental strategies such as Appreciative Inquiry and Action Research. The paper will enhance the educational leader's ability to work with their community in terms of the development of individuals and the relationships that exist collectively.

Educational Leadership for Social Justice - PROF505

This paper critically examines theory and practice in New Zealand, the Pacific and elsewhere related to social justice in education and the implications for educational leaders.

Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives - PROF502

Reflective practitioners are introduced to theories and practices of educational leadership in this paper. Major theorists and researchers are critically considered with an emphasis on relating these to the realities of education settings. A critical examination of one's own leadership practice is an important component of this course.

Educational Leadership: Organisational Development - PROF500
This paper explores theories of change management in educational contexts, and includes strategies for planning and the operationalisation of such education plans. It critically examines public policy issues, and the impact of these and other issues on organisational review and development.

Women and Educational Leadership - Special Topic - PROF580

This paper develops a critical understanding of the theoretical and practical leadership issues faced by women working in all educational sectors.



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