Dip Education, Bachelor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy
Deputy Head of School (Academic)
Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies
Glenda McGregor's research interests include sociology of youth, school reform and social justice and education.
Current teaching areas
- Sociology of youth: implications for teaching in the middle years of schooling
- Senior phase history curriculum
During the last twenty years, Dr McGregor has worked extensively on various committees of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (previously Queensland Studies Authority). In May 2009, she was appointed member of the History Advisory Panel for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Dr McGregor is a long standing member of the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ) Youth Re-engagement Policy Advisory Group. At Griffith University, she convened the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) Program for six years and has been an active member of a number of committees. Her most recent appointment is as Deputy Head of School (Academic).
- (2016) J. Allen, G. McGregor, & D. Pendergast, Continuum of Educational Support for High Schools (Year 7-10) ACT Directorate: $189,091
- (2016) M. Mills (UQ), G. McGregor (GU), S. Riddle (USQ), & W. Tomaszewski (ISSR, UQ)
Engaging schools: What works to keep young people engaged in meaningful learning in low SES schools? DET QLD Horizon Grant: $99,946
- (2016) G. McGregor, (EPS), J. Kearney (EPS), C. Bond (Criminology), & S. Little (Criminology) Exploring Peer Influence Processes in an Educational and Social Re-engagement Project for Youth at Risk Griffith University AEL Internal Grant: $10,000
- (2014) M. Mills, G. McGregor, B. Martin & W. Tomaszewski: Indicators of students likely to disengage from school; initiatives and practices that have proven successful in preventing students from disengaging from school and/or training, and initiatives and practices that have proven successful in re-engaging disengaged students. Queensland Department of Education, Training, and Employment (DETE): $200,000
- (2012) M. Mills, G. McGregor, D. Hayes & K. te Riele, AlternativeSchools and Social Justice, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP120100620), $287 000.
- (2012) M. Mills & G. McGregor, Marginalised Students: enhancing life choices through engaging educational policies and practices, ARC Linkage Projects (LP120100141). Partner organisation for this project is the Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ), $90 000.
- (2011) M. Mills & G. McGregor, Flexible learning options/centres in the ACT, Industry partnership: University of Queensland, Griffith University and DET ACT, $85 000.
- McGregor, G., Mills, M., te Riele, K., Baroutsis, A., Hayes, D. (2017). Re-imagining Schooling for Education: Socially Just Alternatives. London: Palgrave Macmillan,
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-59551-5; ISBN 978-1-137-59551-5
- Mills, M. and McGregor, G. (2014). Re-engaging young people in education: Learning from alternative schools. London: Routledge.
- Mills, M., McGregor, G., Hayes, D., and te Riele, K. (2015). ‘Schools are for us’: the importance of distribution, recognition and representation to creating socially just schools. In K. Trimmer, A. Black and S. Riddle (Eds.), Researching Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-Between. London: Routledge.
- Lingard, R., and McGregor, G. (2013). High stakes assessment and new curricula: a Queensland case of competing tensions in curriculum development. In M. Priestley & G. J. J. Biesta (eds.), Reinventing the curriculum: new trends in curriculum policy and practice. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 207-228.
- McGregor, G., Mills, M. and Thomson, P. (2012). Educating in the margins: Lessons for the mainstream. In Bob Lingard, Pat Thomson & Terry Wrigley (eds.), Changing Schools: Alternative models to make a world of difference. London: Routledge, pp. 47-60.
Peer reviewed journal articles
- Te Riele, K., Mills, M., McGregor, G., Baroutsis, A. (2017). Exploring the affective dimension of teachers’ work in alternative school settings. Teaching Education, 28(1):56-71. DOI: 10.1080/10476210.2016.1238064
- Mills, M., & McGregor, G. (2016). Alternative education: providing support to the disenfranchised. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 7(2), 198–217.
- Mills, M., & McGregor, G. (2016). Learning not borrowing from the Queensland education system: lessons on curricular, pedagogical and assessment reform. The Curriculum Journal, 27(1), 113–133.
- McGregor, G. (2015). Counter-narratives that challenge neo-liberal discourses of schooling “disengagement”: youth professionals informing the work of teachers. British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI 10.1080/01425692.2015.1113859
- Mills, M., McGregor, G., Baroutsis, A., Riele, K., & Hayes, D. (2016). Alternative education and social justice: Considering issues of affective and contributive justice. Critical Studies in Education, 57(1), 100–115.
- Baroutsis, A., McGregor, G., & Mills, M. (2015). Pedagogic voice: student voice in teaching and engagement pedagogies. Pedagogy, Culture and Society. DOI 10.1080/14681366.2015.1087044
- Baroutsis, A., Mills, M., McGregor, G., Riele, K., & Hayes, D. (2015). Student voice and the community forum: Finding ways of “being heard” at an alternative school for disenfranchised young people. British Educational Research Journal. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3214
- McGregor, G., Mills, M., te Riele, K., and Hayes, D. (2015). Excluded from school: Getting a second chance at a ‘meaningful’ education. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19:6, 608-625, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2014.961684
- Lingard, B. and McGregor, G. (2014). Two contrasting Australian Curriculum responses to globalisation: what students should learn or become. The Curriculum Journal, DOI: 10.1080/09585176.2013.872048
- McGregor, G. (2014). Getting beyond the ‘hotch-potch of competing agendas[i]’: the need to develop a powerful curriculum for all young people. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 35 (1), 151-159. DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2013.865304
- McGregor, G. and Mills, M. (2012). Teaching in the ‘margins’: rekindling a passion for teaching. British Journal of Sociology of Education, iFirst DOI:10.1080/01425692.2012.740813.
- McGregor, G. and Mills, M. (2012). Alternative education sites and marginalised young people: ‘I wish there were more schools like this one’. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16 (7-8), 843-862.
- McGregor, G. and Mills, M. (2011). Sketching Alternative Visions of Schooling. Social Alternatives, 30 (4), 20-24.
- McGregor, G. (2011). Engaging Gen Y in schooling: the need for an egalitarian ethos of education. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 19 (1), 1-20.
- McGregor, G. (2010). Moving Beyond 'Y' - The Children of New Times. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 31 (3), 377-392.
- McGregor, G. (2009). Educating for (whose) success? Schooling in an age of neoliberalism. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(3), 345-358.
- McGregor, G. & Mills, M. (2006). Boys and music education: RMXing the curriculum. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 14(2), 221-233.
- McGregor, G. (2000). Kids who talk back ~ Critically literate or disruptive youth. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 44(3), 220-228.
- McGregor, G. (ed.) (2013). Beyond ‘Y’ and other stereotypes: Exploring the experience of youth in the 21st Century, Social Alternatives 32 (2).
- McGregor, G. (2015). Democratic education as a curricular problem: historical consciousness and the moralizing limits of the present (Routledge Cultural Studies in Knowledge, Curriculum, and Education). Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 1–3.
- McGregor, G. (2011). Unfolding lives: Youth gender and change by Rachael Thomson. (2009). Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32 (1) 159-161.
- McGregor, G. (2002). Researching Youth, by J. McLeod & K. Malone. (2000). Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 23(3),365-367.
Editorials of Special Issues
- Mills, M., Te Riele, K., McGregor, G., Baroutsis, A. (2017). Teaching in alternative and flexible education settings.Teaching Education, 28(1):8-11. DOI 10.1080/10476210.2016.1263613
- Pennacchia, J., Thomson, P., Mills, M., & McGregor, G. (2016). Alternative programmes, alternative schools and social justice. Critical Studies in Education, 57(1),1-5. DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2015.1132972
- McGregor, G., Mills, M., Hayes, D. and te Riele, K. (2013). Curricular choices and social justice: the need to access ‘powerful knowledge’. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Adelaide.
- McGregor, G. and Mills, M. (2013). School Completion and Alternative Education: Lessons from the UK and Australia. The European Conference for Educational Research (ECER), Istanbul, Turkey.
- McGregor, G. and Mills, M. (2012). Teaching in alternative schools: costs and opportunities. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Sydney.
- Mills, M. and McGregor, G. (2012). Alternative schools: what can they teach us about a socially just approach to education? International Conference on Education (ICE), Samos, Greece.
- McGregor, G., Hay, S. and Freiberg, J. (2011). Discourses of standards-based assessment in higher education. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Hobart.
- McGregor, G. and Mills, M. (2011). Teaching in the ‘Margins’: The Politics of Teachers’ Work, The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Berlin.
- Mills, M and McGregor, G. (2011). Alternative schools and social justice, The British Educational Research Association (BERA), London.
- Mills, M. and McGregor, G. (2011). Re-engaging young people through alternative education, State Youth Conference, Youth Affairs Network of Queensland.
- B. A. O’Connor, S. R. Marshall, T. O’Brien Jr., G. McGregor, S. Bundy, T. Yabsley, J. Craigie, T. Hardman, P. Hegarty, & J. Sorenson. (September 2010). The effectiveness of optional school programs designed to enhance the academic and social engagement of Year 9 boys. Presented at the SEBDA (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association) 2010 International Conference, Transforming Troubled Lives, 15-17 September at Keble College, Oxford UK.
- McGregor, G. & Mills, M. ( 2010). Alternative education sites and marginalised young people: 'I wish there were more schools like this one'. The European Conference for Educational Research (ECER), Helsinki, 25th-27th August.
- McGregor, G. (September 2009). Tales from the field - Let the wild rumpus start! The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vienna, Austria, 28th-30th September, 2009.
- McGregor, G. (2008). Educating for (whose) success? Schooling in an age of economic rationalism .... The British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 3rd-6th September 2008.
- Mills, M. and McGregor, G. (2012). Flexible learning options/centres in the ACT. Canberra: Education and Training Directorate.
- Mills, M. & McGregor, G. (2010). Re-engaging Young People in Education: Success factors in alternative schools. Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ), http://www.yanq.org.au/
- Goos, M., Mills, M., Gilbert, R., Gowlett, C., Wright. T., Renshaw, P., Pendergast, D., Nichols, K., McGregor, G., Khan, A., Keddie, A. & Honan, E. (2008). Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting (QCAR) Framework Evaluation Project (Phase 1). Brisbane: Department of Education, Training and the Arts.
- Hay, S., Freiberg, J., McGregor, G. Finger, G. Wyatt-Smith, C. (2010). What counts as standards referenced assessment?: The impact of tacit forms of knowledge on the implementation of standards referenced assessment by university teachers. Griffith University. Griffith University Learning and Teaching Grant (Level 3).
- Consultant to University of Queensland/Education Queensland School Reform Longitudinal Study (QSRLS), in the analysis of student work and assessment - 1999/2000 and in December 2007.