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Dr John De Nobile

JohnD Title: Senior Lecturer in Education
Qualifications: DipTeach, BEd (ACU); MA (Macq); EdD (UNSW); PGCertHEd (Macq)
Phone
: 02 9850 8681
Email: john.denobile@mq.edu.au
Office: C3A 808

 

Introduction

John De Nobile is a senior lecturer in Education. He joined the School of Education in 2005 after almost 20 years of teaching. Most of that teaching was in primary schools, but he has also had experience in secondary teaching. His work in schools included the roles of Classroom Teacher, Coordinator and Assistant/Deputy Principal. John was also involved in school review and audit processes as an Audit Resource Person in all three regions of the Catholic Education Office, Sydney.

John holds several qualifications, including: Dip.Teach (Catholic College of Education, Sydney - now ACU), BEd (Catholic College of Education, Sydney - now ACU), MA Specialising in Educational Administration (Macquarie University), EdD (University of New South Wales), PGCertHEd (Macquarie University). He has received recognition for his excellence in teaching and research, including:

  • 2004 - Neil Andrew Johnson Prize for Excellence in Research (UNSW)
  • 2012 - Dean's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (MQ)
  • 2014 - Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (MQ)

John teaches in the areas of educational psychology, behaviour management, primary teaching methodology and educational leadership. His main teaching responsibilities include:

  • EDUC105 Education: The Psychological Context
  • EDUC267 Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • TEP248 Key Competencies in Inclusive Education
  • EDTE455 Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 4
  • EDCN844 Organisation of School Education
  • EDCN850 Middle Management and Leadership in Education

He also does significant work in EDUC289, TTEP387 and TEP388.

Dr De Nobile's broad research interests include:

  • Organisational psychology, particularly relating to job attitudes
  • Organisational communication
  • Educational leadership

His recent research projects have examined how aspects of organisational communication in schools are related to job satisfaction, occupational stress, job commitment and motivation, organisational climate and culture, and school leadership and organisation. More recently, he has been investigating the role of middle management and leadership in promoting school effectiveness.

John's research in these areas led to his co-authoring a book with Dr Phil Ridden. Entitled 'Keys to School Leadership', it serves as a theory and practice text for students of educational leadership as well as a useful handbook for school leaders and those who aspire to lead. The book is available to order at:

https://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/product/A5247BK

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John De Nobile's other research interests include:

  • primary science education
  • values education

He supervises several higher degree research scholars (in PhD and MRes programs) who are conducting research in the above areas. He has also examined several higher degree research theses from other universities, including University of New South Wales and Flinders University.

John has reviewed manuscripts for several international journals, including:

  • Educational, Management, Administration and Leadership
  • International Journal of Educational Management
  • Issues in Educational Research
  • Journal of Educational Administration
  • Journal of Religious Education
  • Leading & Managing
  • Teaching and Teacher Education

Due to his research output he has also been invited to conduct reviews of several higher educational text books for a number of publishers, including Allen & Unwin, Cengage Learning, Pearson Australia and John Wiley & Sons.

Community Outreach

John's most recent community outreach activities have included:

  • Working with Year 5 and 6 students in the MyScience program at Epping West Public School
  • Membership of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) Teacher Quality Group who developed the new ACE policy on Attracting Quality Teachers to the Profession.
  • Professional development in values education for the Interschool Harmony Committee cluster of schools in southern Sydney
  • Critical Friend and Consultant in the national Commonwealth funded Values Education Good Practice Schools Project.
  • Vice-President of the Parents Representative Council of the Parramatta Diocese.
  • Justice of the Peace for NSW since 1987.

 

Recent Publications

Year Link Citation
2014   De Nobile, J. Kleeman, G., & Zarkos, A. (2014). Investigating the impacts of Global Education curriculum on the values and attitudes of secondary students. Geographical Education, 27, 28-38.
2014   De Nobile, J. (2014). The directive communication of Australian primary school principals. International Journal of Leadership in Education. DOI:10.1080/13603124.2014.932437.
2014   De Nobile, J. (2014). Examining middle level leadership in schools using a multi-role framework. Paper presented at 'Passion & Purpose: Setting the Learning Agenda', Australian Council for Educational Leaders National Conference, Melbourne, 1-3 October, 2014.
2014   De Nobile, J. & Ridden, P. (2014). Middle leaders in schools: Who are they and what do they do? Australian Educational Leader, 36(2), 22-25.
2014   De Nobile, J. & Boffa, S. (2014). The changing role of the primary coordinator in Catholic schools. Independent Education, 44(2), 26-28.
2014   Crane, A. & De Nobile, J. (2014). Year coordinators as middle-leaders in independent girls' schools: Their role and accountability. Leading & Managing, 20(1), 80-92.
2014   De Nobile, J. (2014). The development of an instrument to measure organizational communication in primary schools. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. April 3-7, 2014.
2014   De Nobile, J. & Hogan, E. (2014). Values Education: What, how, why and what next? Curriculum & Leadership Journal, 12(1).
2014   Marsh, S., Waniganayake, M. & De Nobile, J. (2014). Improving learning in schools: the overarching influence of 'presence' on the capacity of authoritative leaders. International Journal of Leadership in Education. 17(1), 23-39.
2013   De Nobile, J. (2013). Do principals get support from their staff? Principal Matters, No. 97(Summer), 50-53.
2013   De Nobile, J. (2013). Working scientifically with budgerigars in the primary classroom. Teaching Science, 59(4), 46-50.
2013   De Nobile, J. (2013). Upward supportive communication for school principals. Leading & Managing, 19(2), 34-53.
2013   De Nobile, J., McCormick, J. & Hoekman, K. (2013). Organizational communication and occupational stress in Australian Catholic primary schools. Journal of Educational Administration. 51(6), 744-767.
2013   Marsh, S., Waniganayake, M. & De Nobile, J. (2013). Leadership for Learning as an intentional, community-wide activity: the importance of developing a shared language in schools. School Leadership & Management, 33(4), 395-411.
2012   De Nobile, J. (2012). Support for the Principal: The state of the art. Paper presented at 'An Inquiry Mindset: Unleashing New Ideas for Leading Learning in the Conceptual Age', the Australian Council for Educational Leaders International Conference, Brisbane, 3-5 October, 2012.
2012   De Nobile, J. and London, T. (2012). Seven Building Blocks for Success. Leadership in Focus, 27, 42-46.
2012   De Nobile, J. and Ridden, P. (2012). Keys to School Leadership. Camberwell Vic.: ACER Press.
2010 De Nobile, J. (2010). Openness as a Feature of Communication in Catholic Primary Schools: What are the issues for leadership? Leading & Managing, 16 (2), 46-61.
2010 De Nobile, J.J. and McCormick, J. (2010). Occupational Stress of Catholic Primary School Staff: A Study of Biographical Differences. International Journal of Educational Management, 24 (6), 492-506.
2009   De Nobile, J. (2009). Openness and Access as Features of School Communication: Challenges for School Leaders. Paper presented at 'Tipping Points: Courageous Actions, Powerful Stories', the 2009 International Conference of the Australian Council or Educational Leaders, 26-28 September, Darwin Convention Centre.
2009 De Nobile, J. (2009). School Communication and Staff Wellbeing: Opportunities and Challenges for School Leadership. Keynote address presented at the IEU Leaders and Leadership Conference, Sydney, 13 March, 2009.
2009   De Nobile, J.J. (2009). Supportive Communication in Catholic Primary Schools. Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Australian Association for Research in Education International Conference, Brisbane, November 30-December 4 . Melbourne: AARE. Available online at http://www.aare.edu.au/08pap/den08791.pdf
2008 De Nobile, J. (2008). Supportive Communication: It's Importance for Teacher Wellbeing. Education Connect, 13, 11-13.
2008 De Nobile, J.J. and McCormick, J. (2008). Job Satisfaction of Catholic Primary School Staff: A Study of Biographical Differences. International Journal of Educational Management, 22 (2), 135-150.
2008 De Nobile, J.J. and McCormick, J. (2008). Organizational Communication and Job Satisfaction in Australian Catholic Primary Schools. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 36 (1), 101-122.
2008 De Nobile, J.J. (2008). Occupational Stress of Catholic Primary School Staff: Investigating Biographical Differences. Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Australian Association for Research in Education International Conference, Fremantle, November 25-29 . Melbourne: AARE. Available online at http://www.aare.edu.au/07pap/den07072.pdf
2008 De Nobile, J.J. (2008). Democratic Communication in Catholic Primary Schools. Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Australian Association for Research in Education International Conference, Fremantle, November 25-29 . Melbourne: AARE. (Peer reviewed).
Available online at http://www.aare.edu.au/07pap/den07070.pdf
2007 De Nobile, J.J. (2007). Cultural Communication in Catholic Primary Schools. Paper presented at New Imagery for Schools and Schooling: Challenging, Creating and Connecting, the 2007 International Conference of the Australian Council or Educational Leaders, 10-12 October, Sydney NSW.
2007 De Nobile, J. (2007). A Ten-Dimension Model of Communication in Schools. Perspectives on Educational Leadership, August 2007.
2007 De Nobile, J.J. and McCormick, J. (2007). Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress in Catholic Primary Schools: Implications for School Leadership. Leading & Managing, 13 (1), 31-48.
2007 De Nobile, J. (2007). Primary teacher knowledge of science concepts and professional development: Implications for a case study. Teaching Science, 53 (2), 20-23.
2007 De Nobile, J.J. and McCormick, J. (2007). Biographical Differences and Job Satisfaction of Catholic Primary School Staff. In P.L. Jeffery (Ed.), Engaging Pedagogies: Proceedings of the 2006 Annual Australian Association for Research in Education International Conference, Adelaide, November 26-30 . Melbourne: AARE. Available online at http://www.aare.edu.au/06pap/den06337.pdf
2006 De Nobile, J. (2006). Values Education and Quality Pedagogy: The Merrylands Experience. Paper presented at the NSW Board of Studies Primary Education Forum, Sydney, November 21, 2006.
2006 De Nobile, J. (2006). Communication in Schools: Signs and Symptoms for Administrators. The Australian Educational Leader, 28 (4), 28-32.
2006 De Nobile, J.J. and McCormick, J. (2006). Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress in Catholic Primary Schools. In P.L. Jeffery (Ed.), Creative Dissent, Constructive Solutions: Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Australian Association for Research in Education International Conference,
Parramatta, November 27-December 1.
Melbourne: AARE. Available online at http://www.aare.edu.au/05pap/den05203.pdf
2005 De Nobile J. (2005). Managerial Communication in Primary Schools. The Australian Educational Leader, 27 (1), 24-27.
1996 De Nobile J. (1996). STARKIT. Bathurst. Chemical and Scientific Aid Centre. Charles Sturt University.
1996 De Nobile, J. (1996). School Communication Culture and Job Stress. Independent Education, 26 (4), 7-10.
1995 De Nobile, J. (1995). Mentoring and the Induction Process. Independent Education, 25 (1), 4-7.
1994 De Nobile, J. (1994). Redefining Leadership Roles in Schools. Independent Education, 24 (4), 10-14.

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Current Research

Year Title 
2008-2010 Organisational Communication, Job Satisfaction, Commitment and Stress of Primary School Staff.
2011-2013  The impact on students' attitudes and values of a curriculum focus on Global  Education in NSW Geography classrooms (with Grant Kleeman).
2013-2014 The systemization of independent schooling in Australia

Grants

Year Title
2007-2008  Macquarie University New Staff Grant ($16, 974), Organisational Communication, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Stress and Commitment in Australian Primary Schools
2011-2014    AusAid + World Vision ($30,000), The impact on students' attitudes and values of a  curriculum focus on Global Education in NSW Geography classrooms (Chief  Investigator: Dr Grant Kleeman).