School of Education
Leigh is particularly interested in the potential of mindfulness to transform individuals and educational communities, both school and university. She has published in the area of mindfulness, spiritual wellbeing, trauma and holistic approaches to working with vulnerable young people with learning and emotional difficulties and their parents. Her research draws on phenomenological, heuristic case study and narrative methodologies for qualitative research.
Leigh is registered as a teacher in South Australia
Leigh's teaching interests include wellbeing, spirituality, mindfulness, autism, trauma, holistic and alternative education and school relationships.
Leigh is a member of the Flinders University research group: Centre for Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) She is the director of the Mindfulness Special Interest Group (SIG).
Leigh has previously been a member of the Flinders/DECS project team for the Australian Research Council grant project "Building Capacity for Wellbeing in School Communities".
Leigh's PhD thesis entitled "Accessing the Inaccessible a case study of an 'uneducable' and 'unreachable' young person on the autism spectrum" drew on holistic,relational, narrative, organic, phenomenological and case study methodologies to structure her research journey, its findings and the development of an integrated model of support. She has gone on to publish a number of books, a co-edited book, book chapters, refereed journal articles and conference papers related to wellbeing and mindfulness.
In 2012 Leigh was a recipient of a Faculty Research Grant to support her research with Steiner/Waldorf schools nationally. In 2014 she received another Faculty Research Grant to support her ongoing research with community college faculty and students on the East Coast of the US.
In 2015 Leigh was a recipient of a Faculty Research Grant to support her research on mindfulness with community college students on the East Coast of the US
In 2016 Leigh is a recipient of a Faculty Research Grant to support her on research on adapting mindfulness teaching for vulnerable students with community college faculty on the East Coast of the US.
: Grassroots education
; Arts-based approaches for students with special needs
: Students at risk
; Inclusive education
Leigh regularly presents professional learning sessions for govt and independent schools in the areas of mindfulness, staff and student wellbeing students with special needs including trauma-related conditions and classroom management.
Leigh is a regular panellist (as educationalist) for the Management Assessment Panel in the Exceptional Needs Unit (Dept of Community and Social Inclusion.
Leigh provides case based consultancy to the Department of Education and Child Development and the Exceptional Needs Unit in the Department of Community and Social Inclusion.
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|Location:||Education Building (5.57)|
|Postal address:||GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia|