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Thankyou to Professor David Gurr for sharing research and resources with us during the Visiting Scholar 2017 tour.



Dr David Gurr D.Ed.) David has a background in secondary teaching, educational psychology, school supervision, and research in educational leadership. His career in education spans nearly 30 years. He is a senior lecturer in educational leadership within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

He is a leading member of the International Successful School Principalship Project, which is a team of international researchers investigating successful school principalship in more than 20 countries, and the International School Leadership Development Network, recently formed to explore across more than 20 countries the preparation and development of school leaders.

David is involved in consultancy work in the Victorian school system including conducting government school reviews and independent school inspections, and involvement in a range of professional learning programs for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.

He is actively involved with the Australian Council for Educational Leaders having served on both the Victorian and national committees, including several years as the national vice president (publications and research), and through publication work as the past editor of Hot Topics, Monograph and Leading and Managing. Read more...

David's workshop topics included:

The International Successful School Principalship Project has for 15 years been exploring leadership that leads to school success. The project encompassing more than 20 countries, including New Zealand research led by Ross Notman, has much to offer to but is difficult to access as it now has over 150 complex cases studies and findings reports across four books, seven journal issues, and more than a 100 papers. In this session we explore the big ideas that come from this project and what this means for those leading schools.


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The importance of the leadership of principals is well described. This session considers the research on others in leadership roles in schools. In particular it will explore the importance of middle level leaders, those who have teaching and leadership responsibilities. The session will also provide some commentary and cautionary notes on the ideas of teacher and student leadership.


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In this session we connect with some of the big ideas about school effectiveness and improvement. It begins with a short history of our concern to improve schools, explores several knowledge bases about what works in schools, and then considers what is needed to use our knowledge about schools to improve schools. I will also relate this to how as a school reviewer I use this knowledge in the school review process used in Victorian government schools.

Click the links below to view and download additional resources


Dare to Make a Difference: Successful Principals Who Explore the Potential of their Role

by Drysdale, L., Gurr, D. & Goode, H.


Leading Australia's Schools by Duignan, P. & Gurr, D.


Thinking about leading schools, Chapter 17 in Leading School Successfully by Day, C. & Gurr, D.



David Hopkins


Powerful Learning

Exploding the Myths of School Reform

Thank you David for providing the following resources from the workshop held in Auckland in March.


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Session 1


Session 2


Session 3


Being a learner framework


Exploding the Myths


Leadership for Powerful Learning


Theories of action



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