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School of Education

Dr Norman McCulla

Dr Norman McCulla Title: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: BA (UNE), M Ed (Sydney), PhD (UNE), FACE
Phone: 02 9850 8650
Email: norman.mcculla@mq.edu.au
Office: C3A 908

 

Introduction

Dr Norman McCulla joined Macquarie in 2006 after an extensive career as a teacher and senior educational administrator in the NSW Department of Education and Training. As a teacher, Norman taught in primary, central and secondary schools in rural New South Wales and metropolitan Sydney as well as the RAAF School in Penang, Malaysia. As an educational administrator, he specialised in teacher professional development, curriculum development and educational change.

Norman has worked with all education sectors in NSW and nationally through his involvement with professional associations and national projects. He is a former Chair of the NSW Chapter of the Australian College of Educators and member of the College's National Council. He was made a Fellow of the College for his services to education nationally in the areas of curriculum and teacher professional development. Norman has also held the positions of President of the NSW Institute of Senior Educational Administrators and Vice-president of the Primary English Teaching Association.

Norman chaired the Steering Committee for the NSW Quality Teaching Award, an award for teaching excellence offered by the Australian College of Educators, NSW Branch in association with the NSW Minister for Education. The award encompassed all sectors of education; pre-school to university.

In 2012 Norman was the recipient of the College's Sir Harold Wyndham Medal which recognises "an outstanding contribution by an individual to the education of young people in New South Wales".

Norman is the Co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Educational Leadership Program at Macquarie. He teaches courses in Curriculum Studies, Human Resource Management in Education, and Leading the Development of New Teachers. He also teaches in the undergraduate Teacher Education Program in areas related to education policy and practice and is Chair of the School of Education's Learning and Teaching Committee.

Research Interests

  • Teacher career path trajectories
  • School leadership development
  • New teacher development; pre-service to induction
  • Professional standards and the development of accomplished practice
  • School planning and reporting
  • Curriculum development and educational change
  • Human resource management in education
  • Program evaluation.

Community Outreach

Member, National Board of the Australian College of Educators

Selected Recent Publications

YEAR

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2015   McCulla, N. and Degenhardt, L. (2015). Journeys to school leadership: How action learning identified what participants valued in a year-long Australian leadership development program centred on principles of good practice. Educational Management, Administration and Leadership 1-20 DOI:10.1177/1741143214558574
2015   McCulla, N. (2015). The Australian Curriculum: who are we? Professional Educator. Melbourne: Australian College of Educators, 14(1). 8-10
2014   McCulla, N. (2014). The activist teacher. Professional Educator. Melbourne: Australian College of Educators, 13(3). 3-6
2013   McCulla, N. (2013). Journeys to Leadership. Sydney. Three unpublished research reports commissioned by the Association of Independent Schools, NSW (AIS) and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL): (1) Beginnings (2) Developing (3) Reflections and Directions.

2012

 

McCulla, N. (2012). The transition of accomplished teachers from the classroom to school leadership. Leading  and Managing, 18(2): 79-91.

2011

 

McCulla, N. (2011). Leading school-based, networked systems of teachers' professional development. Conference proceedings, International Seminar and School Leadership Symposium, Zug, Switzerland, 7-10 September 2011.

2011

 

McCulla, N. (2011). Crossing the line. Professional Educator, 10(4). Canberra. Australian College of Educators.

2010

 

McCulla, N. (2010). Investigating the use of capability and standards-referenced frameworks to support the professional learning of aspiring, new and experienced school leaders. In S. Huber (Ed.) School Leadership - International Perspectives. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 267-279. 

2009

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McCulla, N. (2009). The Cinderella Syndrome? Some reflections on the under-developed role of awards in identifying and celebrating imagination, inspiration and innovation in teaching. Australian College of Educators. Online refereed article (55). www.austcolled.com.au

2009

 

McCulla, N. (2009). Now is the time for educational change. Professional Educator, Australian Council for Educational Research: The Australian College of Educators, 8(2): 44-47

2009

 

McCulla, N., Scott, C., & Dinham, S. (2009). Quiet conversations in small circles: The role of voluntary awards and distributive leadership in promoting teaching excellence in universities. Australian College of Educators. Online refereed article (57). www.austcolled.com.au

2008

 

McCulla, N. (2008). Stuck in the mud? How can we get professional experience moving again? Professional Educator  Melbourne. Australian Council for Educational Research: the Australian College of Educators, 7(3): 12-15.

2007

 

McCulla, N. (2007). Reflections on quality teaching. EQ Australia, Melbourne, Curriculum Corporation, Summer.

2007

 

McCulla, N., Dinham, S., & Scott, C. (2007). Stepping out from the crowd - Some findings from the NSW Quality Teaching Awards on seeking recognition for professional accomplishment. Canberra. Australian College of Educators. Online refereed article (51). 

2007

 

McCulla, N. (2007). Nothing succeeds like succession: Progress and prospects in the professional development of a new generation of school leadersIn N. Dempster (Ed.) The Treasure Within: Leadership and Succession Planning. Australian College of Educators 2007 Year Book. Canberra: Australian College of Educators.

2006

 

McCulla, N. (2006). New teacher development: Mentoring the mentors - some lessons from life on the road. Australian College of Educators 2006 Yearbook. Canberra: Australian College of Educators.

2005

 

McCulla, N. (2005). Creating graduate, university and employer links through research in supporting the professional work and learning of newly-qualified teachers. Change: Transformations in Education. University of Sydney, 8(1).

2005

 

McCulla, N. & Gereige-Hinson, J. (2005). Learning about professional learning: Case studies of schools at work in NSW, Journal of In-service Education, 31(4).

2005

 

McCulla, N. (2005). The professionalisation of school leadership: Investigating the use of capability and standards-referenced frameworks to support the professional learning of aspiring, new and experienced school leaders in the public education system in New South Wales, Australia. Paper presented at the International Seminar on School Leadership, University of Erfurt, Germany, 5 October.

2002

 

McCulla, N., Hayne, T., & Stone B. (2002). Windows on the professional practice of accomplished teachers at work, Unicorn, Journal of the Australian College of Education. 28(1).

2000

 

McCulla, N., & Retallick, J. (Eds.) (2000). Teacher Professional Learning Portfolios. Sydney, NSW Department of Education and Training & Charles Sturt University.

2000

 

McCulla, N., & Cummings, J. (2000). Priorities for a new millennium: From priorities to action, Unicorn, Journal of the Australian College of Education, 26(3).

 

Current Research

  • Identifying, validating and recognising the work of exceptional teachers (with Professor Stephen Dinham, Dr Catherine Scott & Dr Paul Brock).
  • Evaluation of the NSW Association of Independent Schools' flagship Leadership Development Program (with Dr Leoni Degenhardt).

Grants

Year Source Title Amount
2013   Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership $15,000