When people ask me what I do, I tell them I advocate for young adolescents and try to help others catch the vision of middle schooling
Dr Katherine Main's current teaching areas are aligned to learning and teaching in junior secondary and the middle years of schooling (Years 6-9). Katherine has a strong passion for initial teacher education and helping to demystify young adolescents for preservice teachers. She was an integral member of the Griffith University team that delivered the "Leading Change" development program to all 258 state high school leadership teams in preparation for Year 7s moving into high school in 2015 and the formation of Junior Secondary programs. She also delivered the Junior Secondary Modules to almost 1000 teachers which were designed to upskill and prepare teachers to teach in junior secondary.
Katherine has provided numerous presentations relating to her work and places a strong emphasis on targeted professional development. A highlight includes:
Katherine's research interests include organisational culture, middle school reform and the necessity of targeted professional development, how schools develop their culture through reform, and teacher efficacy including the collective efficacy of teacher teams. Current research focus is around young adolescents who are showing signs of disengagement from school and understanding how to best meet their needs within a mainstream classroom. Key publications include:
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