A.Prof Leonie Rowan
Role and Profile
For more than 15 years Leonie Rowan has researched the multiple ways in which education systems re-produce or interrupt, naturalise or transform patterns of educational alienation and failure. This work has shaped her teaching, her publications and her research. Leonie has written extensively on the need for quality in education to be conceptualized in ways which go beyond many standard indicators to accommodate the long term impact on individuals and the nation. This draws attention to the professional and personal needs of diverse teachers working within a changed and changing demographic and social space. Within this context Leonie has perused a strong ‘teacher’s first’ approach to the broad challenge of educational reform and is well known for her professional development work with teachers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Her co-authored books Teaching Values and Boys, Schooling and Literacy: The Dangerous Territories of Gender based Reform, make a significant contribution to understanding the multiple factors which impact upon literacy achievement. These works also outline the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to equity based reform exploring how well intentioned schooling practices can nevertheless circulate understandings of what it means to be a ‘good’ or ‘natural’ learner that alienate students who do not match up to the ‘mythical norm’: that is, who are other than white, middle class, christians from traditional nuclear families.