Position

Professor
School of Education

Qualifications

PhD, Auckland University of Technology

Key responsibilities

Dean, School of Education

Teaching interests

Educational Leadership

Topic Coordinator:

  • EDUC8601  Strategic thinking and planning
  • EDUC9606  Planning change in organisations
  • EDUC9616  Leadership and Management in Education

Research expertise

  • Education systems

Research interests

David has a particular interest in hermeneutic phenomenology and appreciative inquiry research methodologies as vehicles for exploring the experiential, relational & phenomenological nature of education and educational leadership.

Current individual and collaborative research projects
  • Exploring strengths-based initiatives in primary schooling
  • Alternative pedagogical approaches in the educational leadership: Starting from the phenomenon of leadership
  • Case study of organizational re-culturing within a university department
  • Appreciatively appraising the transformative effects of a philosophy course in an ECE program
  • Getting a 'feel' for an organisation's culture: Enabling educational leaders with a qualitative questionnaire
  • Principals professional learning

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Higher Education (1) ; Educational experiences of indigenous students (1) ; Educational leadership (5) ;

Associate supervisor : Strengths based organisational development (1) ; Ideological considerations of educational policy (1) ; Phenomenological research in Youth Work Education (1) ; Educational leadership (2) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Christine Edwards
    MEd(Leadership & Management) - November 2013
  • Joanne Pimlott
    EdD - November 2013
  • Adrian Rudzinski
    EdD - March 2014

Publications

  • Giles, D. (2015). Foreword. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey PA: IGI Global, pp. 2-3.
  • Giles, D.L., Bell, M., Halsey, R. and Palmer, C. (2012). Co-constructing a relational approach to educational leadership and management. Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning.
  • Giles, D.L. (2014). Humanity and Leadership. South Australian Secondary Principal's Association. Adelaide. Aug 2014.
  • Giles, D.L. (2014). Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership Development. Secondary School Student Leaders conference. Mt Barker High School. Aug 2014.
  • Giles, D.L. (2014). Appreciatively building Higher Educator's relational sensibilities. In Proceedings of The 2nd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference. Higher Education Teaching & Learning HETL. Innovative Learning-Scapes, e-Scapes, Playscapes and More. Alaska, USA. May 2014.
  • Becerra, C. and Giles, D.L. (2013). Liderazgo escolar y etica: Una investigacion a las practicas directivas. In VI Congreso Internacional sobre Direccion de Centros Educativos. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto. VI Congreso Internacional sobre Direccion de Centros Educativos. Universidad de Deusto, pp. 805-820.
  • Giles, D.L. (2013). Phenomenology (what is) and Appreciative Inquiry (what might be): Approaches that sustain me as a researcher. Postgraduates Scholarly Conference, Flinders University. Adelaide. Jun 2013.
  • Giles, D.L. (2013). Relationships and relational leadership. International Relational Leadership and Learning conference. Sante Fe, New Mexico. Oct 2013.
  • Giles, D.L. (2013). Relationships, leadership and organisations. Better Together, Principals Australia Institute. Feb 2013.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Practicing community as our praxis. In 9th Annual Research in Early Childhood Conference. 9th Annual Research in Early Childhood Conference. Manukau Institute of Technology. May 2012.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Pedagogy that makes a difference. South Australian Educational Leadership Conference. Adelaide. Aug 2012.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Adopting Appreciative Inquiry as a strengths-based strategy in Education. Australian Innovation Festival. Adelaide. May 2012.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Re-form-ing our system in an intentional way: One bite at a time. International Leadership Institute.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). What is the nature of Relational Leadership? Relational Leadership Symposium.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Using Appreciative Inquiry to research the life within our educational experience. Manukau Institute of Technology 9th Annual Research in Early Childhood Conference. Auckland, New Zealand. May 2012.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Shaping the special character of a school: Community, critique, sustainability. International Leadership Institute.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Resourcing other colleagues by living the questions. In International Leadership Institute. International Leadership Institute. Novotel, Hamilton. Mar 2012.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Relational sensibilities: What are they and how do you grow them? Relational Leadership Symposium.
  • Hunter, I., Giles, D.L. and McNae, R. (2011). Acknowledging the Heart of the Matter: The Essence of Professional Life. A Principal's Story. In Australian Council of Educational Leadership. Australian Council of Educational Leadership International Conference.
  • Giles, D.L. and Bell, M. (2011). Eportfolios and leadership preparation and development: Another gimmick or a tool which enables deepening understandings of leadership? In Australian Council of Educational Leadership. Australian Council of Educational Leadership International Conference.
  • Giles, D.L. (2011). When is leadership not relational? Relational Leadership Symposium. Flinders University. Aug 2011.
  • Kedian, J., Giles, D.L., Morrison, M. and Fletcher, M. (2011). Leadership development as a dialogic process: The rationale and concept of an international leadership institute. In Australian Council of Educational Leadership. Australian Council of Educational Leadership International Conference.
  • Palmer, C. and Giles, D.L. (2011). Creating future leadership excellence: Challenging the past. In Australian Council of Educational Leadership. Australian Council of Educational Leadership International Conference.
  • Giles, D.L. (2010). Becoming attuned to the nature and movement of relational experiences: Exploring comportment in education. ACEL/CCEAM conference.
  • Bhindi, N. and Giles, D.L. (2010). Covenantal Leadership in education: Reclaiming authentic educational communities. New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society's International Educational Leadership Conference. Christchurch. Apr 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. (2010). Coming into 'my/our' being individually and organisationally. International Leadership Institute. Hamilton, New Zealand. Mar 2010.
  • Smith, R. and Giles, D.L. (2010). Creating an educationally and culturally relevant educational leadership programme for Aotearoa/New Zealand's changing society. New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society's International Educational Leadership Conference. Christchurch. Apr 2010.
  • Morrison, M. and Giles, D.L. (2010). Can we think about educational leadership differently? International Leadership Institute. Hamilton, New Zealand. Mar 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. and Yates, R. (2010). Teaching and learning together: Reflecting on a relational culture within a teacher education department. Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) conference. Townsville. Jul 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. and Morrison, M. (2010). Intentionally exploring leadership as a phenomenon within a postgraduate educational leadership paper: Implications of some particular pedagogical practices. New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society's International Educational Leadership Conference. Christchurch. Apr 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. and Morrison, M. (2010). Excavating and elevating student experience: Making space within a postgraduate educational leadership paper. Australian Council of Educational Leadership International Conference. Sydney. Sep 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. and Earl, K. (2010). Assessment in learning: Being-in assessment. Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) 2010 Conference: Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future. Townsville. Jul 2011.
  • Giles, D.L. (2010). Working with Experienced Stories: Interpretive writing and appreciative appraisals that sensitise professional practice. In National Conference of the New Zealand Childcare Association, Malborough Convention Centre, 11 July 2010. Keynote Workshop, National Conference of the New Zealand Childcare Association, Malborough Convention Centre, 11 July 2010. Marlborough, NZ. Jul 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. (2010). Learning from Relational Experiences: Implications for leadership. In Keynote Presentation, National Conference of the New Zealand Childcare Association, Malborough Convention Centre, 11 July 2010. Keynote Presentation, National Conference of the New Zealand Childcare Association, Malborough Convention Centre, 11 July 2010. Marlborough, NZ. Jul 2010.
  • Giles, D.L. (2010). Education as Formation Towards Life. In University of Waikato's Schools Support Hui, Rotorua 30 June 2010. Keynote Presentation, University of Waikato's Schools Support Hui, Rotorua 30 June 2010. Rotorua, NZ. Jun 2010.
  • Smith, R. and Giles, D.L. (2009). Creating an educationally and culturally relevant educational leadership programme for Aotearoa/New Zealand's changing society. 2nd International Conference on Educational Reform (ICER2009): Cultural diversity and sustainable education in a changing world. Faculty of Education, Mahasarakham University, Thailand. Mar 2009.
  • Morrison, M. and Giles, D.L. (2009). Exploring leadership as a phenomenon: An innovative pedagogical approach in an educational leadership paper. New Zealand Association of Research in Education. Rotorua, New Zealand. Dec 2009.
  • Giles, D.L. (2009). Exploring the phenomenon of relationship in teacher education: Findings from a phenomenological research inquiry. New Zealand Association of Research in Education. Rotorua, New Zealand. Dec 2009.
  • Giles, D.L. (2008). Experiencing the Teacher-Student Relationship: What can the stories tell us? In Teacher Education Forum Aotearoa New Zealand Biennial National Conference. The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand: TEFANZ, The University of Waikato. Teacher Education Forum Aotearoa New Zealand Biennial National Conference, pp. 1-15.
  • Giles, D.L. (2008). Filling the Gaps or Having a Sense of 'Life' in Our Practice: Revisiting the evidence of our practice. In National Conference of the New Zealand Dental Therapists Association, AUT University, 28 April 2008. Keynote Presentation, National Conference of the New Zealand Dental Therapists Association, AUT University, 28 April 2008. Auckland. Apr 2008.
  • Giles, D.L. (2008). Relational experiences in teacher education: Uncovering essential meanings. Australian Association of Research in Education. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Dec 2008.
  • Giles, D.L. (2007). The challenges of phenomenological research: Recovering the teacher-student relationship. In International Education Research Conference Proceedings, “Research impacts: Proving or improving?” Australia: Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE). Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) International Education Research Conference.
  • Giles, D.L. (2006). Humanising teacher education with phenomenological research: Turning towards the 'essence' of the teacher-student relationship. International Inter-Professional Conference, 'Listening and responding: Innovative approaches for transforming practice education. AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. Dec 2006.
  • Giles, D.L. (2006). Humanising teacher education: The influence of the findings of phenomenological research on the researcher. New Zealand Association of Research in Education conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.
  • Giles, D.L. (2006). Phenomenology: Researching 'lived experiences' in the hope of phenomena. In Researching Phenomena Symposium, "Three Perspectives, Three Cases: Exploring phenomenology and phenomenography in education research" Keynote Presentation, Researching Phenomena Symposium, "Three Perspectives, Three Cases: Exploring phenomenology and phenomenography in education research", AUT University, 23 January 2006. Auckland. Jan 2006.
  • Xiaomin, J., Giles, D.L. and Smith, R. (2006). From programme to output: Experiencing a master's journey collaboratively. New Zealand Association of Research in Education conference. Rotorua, New Zealand. Dec 2006.
  • Alderson, S. and Giles, D.L. (2005). Enabling dialogue: A family literacy model. Australian Association of Research in Education conference. University of Western Sydney. Dec 2005.
  • Giles, D.L. (2005). Hermeneutical Phenomenology in Teacher Education: Exploring relationships in teacher education. Interpretive Hermeneutical Phenomenological Research Conference. George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Jun 2005.
  • Giles, D.L. (2005). Hermeneutical Phenomenology in Teacher Education: Exploring the influence of the teacher-student relationship on the teacher-learning experience. In New Zealand Association of Research in Education. Otago, DunedinNZARE National Conference 2005. Dec 2005.
  • Giles, D.L. (2006). Learning to lead in higher education by P. Ramsden (book review) New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 21(1) pp. 91-93.
  • Giles, D.L. (2012). Gathering a snapshot of an organisational culture: Mangapapa School and a leader's perspective.
  • Giles, D.L. (2008). Exploring the teacher-student relationship in teacher education: A hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry. PhD. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.
  • Giles, D.L. (2008). Experiences of the Student-Teacher Relationship in Teacher Education: Can the stories uncover essential meanings of this relationship? In Australian Association for Research in Education Conference Proceedings. Australian Association for Research in Education. Australian Association for Research in Education 2008 International Education Research Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2008, pp. 1-14.
    [Web Link]
  • Bills, A.M., Giles, D.L. and Rogers, B.A. (2016). 'Being in' and 'feeling seen' in professional development as new teachers: the ontological layer(ing) of professional development practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(2) pp. 106-121.
    [Scopus]
  • Bills, A.M., Cook, J. and Giles, D.L. (2015). Understanding emancipatory forms of educational leadership through schooling justice work: an action research study into second chance schooling development. School Leadership and Management, 35(5) pp. 502-523.
    [10.1080/13632434.2015.1107037]
  • Bills, A.M., Cook, J. and Giles, D.L. (2015). Negotiating Second Chance Schooling in Neoliberal Times: Teacher Work for Schooling Justice. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(1) pp. 78-95.
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. (2015). A storyline of ideological change in a New Zealand primary school. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 23(2) pp. 1-17.
    [10.1108/IJOA-09-2012-0614] [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L. and Bell, M. (2015). Eportfolios and leadership preparation and development: A tool for enabling educational leaders? Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7(2)
  • Giles, D.L. and Bell, M.R. (2015). The use of eportfolios as a pedagogical tool for leadership preparation and development in education. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7(2) pp. 443-452.
    [10.1108/JARHE-12-2012-0070] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Palmer, C. (2015). Exploring a Principals Practice during a Period of Significant Organizational Change: Relational Leadership and Sensibilities in Action. Journal of Meaning-Centered Education, 3(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L., Bills, A.M. and Otero, G. (2015). Pedagogical approaches for developing relational sensibilities in educational leaders. Reflective Practice, 16(6) pp. 744-752.
    [10.1080/14623943.2015.1095725]
  • Kedian, J., Giles, D.L., Morrison, M. and Fletcher, M. (2015). Leadership development as a dialogic process: The rationale and concept of an international leadership institute. International Journal of Leadership in Education, pp. 1-21.
    [10.1080/13603124.2014.997800] [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L. (2014). Appreciatively Building Higher Educator's Relational Sensibilities. The Journal of Meaning-Centered Education, 2
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Earl, K. (2014). Being 'in' assessment: The ontological layer(ing) of assessment practice. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 6(1) pp. 22-29.
    [10.1108/JARHE-01-2012-0001]
  • Giles, D.L. and Kung, S. (2014). Revisiting student's learning experiences appreciatively: Findings from a course evaluation using an Appreciative Inquiry process. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 6(2) pp. 215-230.
    [10.1108/JARHE-01-2012-0002]
  • Giles, D.L. and Yates, R. (2014). Enabling educational leaders: Qualitatively surveying an organization's culture. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 22(1) pp. 94-106.
    [10.1108/IJOA-11-2011-0526] [Scopus]
  • Kung, S., Giles, D.L. and Hagan, B. (2013). Applying an Appreciative Inquiry process to a course evaluation in Higher Education. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 25(1) pp. 29-37.
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Smith, R. (2012). Negotiating and constructing an educationally relevant leadership programme. Journal of Educational Administration, 50(2) pp. 231-242.
    [10.1108/09578231211210567] [Scopus]
  • Cuellar, C. and Giles, D.L. (2012). Ethical practice: A study of Chilean school leaders. Journal of Educational Administration, 50(4) pp. 420-436.
    [10.1108/09578231211238576] [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L., Smythe, E. and Spence, D. (2012). Exploring relationships in education: A phenomenological inquiry. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 52(2) pp. 214-236.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Aruhu, S. and Giles, D.L. (2011). Exploring factors that influence school planning in Community High Schools in the Solomon Islands: Principal's perspectives. Waikato Journal of Education, 16(2) pp. 107-121.
    [Web Link]
  • Earl, K. and Giles, D.L. (2011). An-other look at assessment: Assessment in learning. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 8(1) pp. 11-20.
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. (2011). 'Who we are' and 'how we are' are integral to relational experiences: Exploring comportment in teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(1) pp. 60-72.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. (2011). Relationships always matter: Findings from a phenomenological inquiry. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36(6) pp. 80-91.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Yates, R. (2011). Re-culturing a university department: a case study. Management in Education, 25(3) pp. 87-92.
    [10.1177/0892020611403805] [Scopus]
  • Sisiolo, J. and Giles, D.L. (2011). Experiences of being a leader in Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands: Opening principals' and deputy principals' contexts of leadership. Waikato Journal of Education, 16(2) pp. 123-131.
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. (2010). Developing Pathic Sensibilities: A critical priority for teacher education programmes. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(8) pp. 1511-1519.
    [10.1016/j.tate.2010.05.007] [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L. and Kung, S. (2010). Using Appreciative Inquiry to explore the professional practice of a lecturer in Higher Education: Moving towards life-centric practice. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 50(2) pp. 308-322.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Morrison, M. (2010). Exploring Leadership as a Phenomenon in an Educational Leadership Paper: An innovative pedagogical approach opens the unexpected. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22(1) pp. 64-70.
    [Web Link]
  • Chapman, L. and Giles, D.L. (2009). Using appreciative inquiry to explore the professional practice of a midwife lecturer. Studies in Continuing Education, 31(3) pp. 297-305.
    [10.1080/01580370903271487] [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L. (2009). Phenomenologically Researching the Lecturer-Student Teacher Relationship: Some challenges that were encountered. The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 9(2)
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Alderson, S. (2008). An Appreciative Inquiry into the transformative learning experiences for students in a family literacy project. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 48(3) pp. 465-478.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. (2007). Humanising the Researcher: The influence of phenomenological research on a teacher educator. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 3(1) pp. 6-12.
  • Giles, D.L. (2005). Philosophy to Ideological Praxis: A component theory approach to developing an educational framework. Journal of Christian Education, 48(3) pp. 25-33.
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. (1993). Logo with Low Achievers. Journal of Research On Computing in Education, 26(1) pp. 28-39.
  • Giles, D.L., Bell, M., Halsey, R. and Palmer, C. (2012). Co-constructing a relational approach to educational leadership and management. Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning.
  • Bills, A.M., Giles, D.L. and Rogers, B.A. (2016). 'Being in' and 'feeling seen' in professional development as new teachers: the ontological layer(ing) of professional development practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(2) pp. 106-121.
    [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L. (2015). A storyline of ideological change in a New Zealand primary school. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 23(2) pp. 1-17.
    [10.1108/IJOA-09-2012-0614] [Scopus]
  • Giles, D.L. and Bell, M.R. (2015). The use of eportfolios as a pedagogical tool for leadership preparation and development in education. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7(2) pp. 443-452.
    [10.1108/JARHE-12-2012-0070] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Palmer, C. (2015). Exploring a Principals Practice during a Period of Significant Organizational Change: Relational Leadership and Sensibilities in Action. Journal of Meaning-Centered Education, 3(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L., Bills, A.M. and Otero, G. (2015). Pedagogical approaches for developing relational sensibilities in educational leaders. Reflective Practice, 16(6) pp. 744-752.
    [10.1080/14623943.2015.1095725]
  • Kedian, J., Giles, D.L., Morrison, M. and Fletcher, M. (2015). Leadership development as a dialogic process: The rationale and concept of an international leadership institute. International Journal of Leadership in Education, pp. 1-21.
    [10.1080/13603124.2014.997800] [Scopus]
  • Bills, A.M., Cook, J. and Giles, D.L. (2015). Understanding emancipatory forms of educational leadership through schooling justice work: an action research study into second chance schooling development. School Leadership and Management, 35(5) pp. 502-523.
    [10.1080/13632434.2015.1107037]
  • Bills, A.M., Cook, J. and Giles, D.L. (2015). Negotiating Second Chance Schooling in Neoliberal Times: Teacher Work for Schooling Justice. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(1) pp. 78-95.
    [Web Link]
  • Giles, D.L. and Bell, M. (2015). Eportfolios and leadership preparation and development: A tool for enabling educational leaders? Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7(2)

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