Dr Nerida Spina

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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Nerida Spina is a senior lecturer in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education within the Faculty of Education. Her research interests concern teachers’ work in an era of accountability and quantification.

Nerida is particularly interested in applying the work of Canadian sociologists Dorothy E. Smith and Alison Griffith (Institutional Ethnography) to education as she explores the impact of data-informed/driven policy on the everyday work of educators.

She was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Research in Educational Leadership and Management Award in 2017. In 2016 she was awarded a Vice Chancellors Excellence Award; in 2017 she received a Faculty of Education Real World Teaching award.  In 2014, she received Master of Education Research Outstanding Thesis Award, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology.

She has experience teaching sociology of education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nerida has also worked on a number of major research projects including the Stronger Smarter Research Evaluation Team, and the Australian Research Council Linkage grant, “Ethical leadership: How educators address learning, equity and accountability”. Nerida hopes to continue to explore how the “datafication of education” impacts on practice, policy, and the everyday lives of children, families, teachers, school administrators and staff.

Recently, she has also investigated the experiences of non-tenured academics working in universities.

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