Rachel McNae PhD

Youth leadership is an area frequently overlooked in educational leadership development.  When it is addressed, it is often done so from the perspective of adults resulting in planned learning opportunities being disconnected from the contexts in which young people lead.  

Rachel is a lead researcher in the area of youth leadership in New Zealand.  Rachel's research brings youth’s voices into educational leadership conversations and illustrates the importance of including their beliefs and understandings about leadership when developing an alternative approach to leadership development.  

Current Research Being Undertaken by Rachel in this area

Strength-based approaches to youth leadership development: Using narrative inquiry to explore leadership opportunities in NZ secondary schools.

Appreciating Youth Leadership: Developing youth leaders through appreciative inquiry.

The leadership beliefs and understandings of Head Prefects in New Zealand Secondary Schools

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