Higher-degree research being undertaken by Paul Kidson




Dr George Odhiambo and Dr Rachel Wilson

Thesis title:

Principals' perspectives on leading schools in Australia which offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes



Project description

This research investigates how governance, organisational culture and leadership beliefs impact the work of principals in Australian IB schools. The project utilises a mixed methods sequential (qual-quan) design. Interview participants were identified using stratified purposeful sampling (Phase One). Results from Phase One analysis were used to develop a questionnaire (Phase Two) distributed to all IB school principals (n=165). The theoretical framework is informed by Complexity Leadership Theory and Martin’s three cultural perspectives.

Paul Kidson commenced his education career as a drama and literature teacher before taking on the role of Head of Department, then Director of Curriculum and finally Principal, in 2004. Between 2010 and July 2015 (when he moved from part-time to full-time doctoral research), he was principal of a K-12 non-government school which offered all three IB programmes. He has extensive experience in school leadership, including mentoring aspiring and early career principals. In addition to his educational leadership experience, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul is also one of two student representatives on the School’s Research Committee.


  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2016-2017)
  • University of Sydney Alumni Scholarship (2016)

Professional and community roles

  • Member, Australian College of Educators’ Policy Committee
  • Postgraduate Representative, School Research Committee, SESW
  • Member, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Research Committee

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