Emeritus Professor David Giles

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

PhD, Auckland University of Technology

Key responsibilities

Former Dean, School of Education (2012-2016).

Professor, Educational Leadership & Management

Co-Director, FLAME research group

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
Teaching interests

Educational Leadership

Higher Education

Topic coordinator
EDUC9606 Planning change in organisations
EDUC9616 Leadership and Management in Education
EDUC8601 Strategic thinking and planning
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Educational leadership (5), Higher Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Ideological considerations of educational policy (1), Strengths based organisational development (1), Phenomenological research in Youth Work Education (1), Educational leadership (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Christine Edwards

MEd(Leadership & Management) - NOV 2013

Adrian Rudzinski

EdD - MAR 2014

Joanne Pimlott

EdD - NOV 2013


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