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Professor Donna Pendergast


Donna Pendergast

Head and Dean
School of Education and Professional Studies
+61 (0)7 3735 1082 (Work)
G30 3.04, Gold Coast Campus
L08 1.45, Logan Campus
M10 2.37, Mount Gravatt Campus

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Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Donna has conducted a number of national research projects of significance including “Beyond the Middle”, which investigated literacy and numeracy in middle schooling; and “Lifelong Learning and Middle Schooling”. She has completed an evaluation of the Education Queensland Virtual Schooling Service and is often employed as a consultant to review school reform initiatives. Donna has several books published of relevance to contemporary teacher work, including Teaching the Middle Years; The Millennial Adolescent; and Groovy Chicks and Blokey Blokes. Donna is highly sought after as a speaker on the topic of the MilGen and teaching, and has completed several intergenerational studies in content areas. Donna researches and writes about home economics philosophy, education and practice and is a member of the IFHE Executive, Chairperson of the IFHE Think Tank Committee, and Editor of the International Journal of Home Economics.


  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research2008


  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching
    Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    Queensland University of Technology
  • ME Com Master Of Education
    The University of New England
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
    Queensland University of Technology