Professor Donna Prendergast
Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Her fields of research expertise include initial teacher education; early and middle year’s teacher education; family and consumer studies.
She has conducted a number of competitive research projects related to school education together valued at more than $1.5 million. Donna has served on government advisory panels, including providing advice to the Director General and to the Minister for Education on issues related to middle years education. She has more than 100 refereed publications including 13 books of relevance to contemporary teacher work. One book, Teaching Middle Years - now in its second edition - received an international award as an outstanding academic publication and is used widely in universities and schools around the world as a mandatory aspect of pre and in-service teacher education. Now Head and Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies, Donna commenced her career as a secondary school teacher before working as an academic at Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and since 2009 at Griffith University.
Donna came from a family that placed considerable value on the transformative potential of education and her aspirations have been shaped by these beliefs .