Dr Kevin Donnelly (BA, DipEd, MEd, PhD) is one of Australia’s leading education commentators and authors. Dr Donnelly is currently Executive Director of the Education Standards Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Dr Donnelly’s experience includes benchmarking and evaluating curriculum for state and Commonwealth governments as well as the New Zealand Business Roundtable. Research interests include identifying the characteristics of stronger performing education systems, evaluating the impact of outcomes based education on Australian schools and analysing various models of curriculum theory and implementation within an international context.
In addition to gaining post-graduate qualifications in education, with a focus on curriculum, Kevin taught English and Humanities for 18 years in Victorian government and non-government secondary schools. He has also been a member of state and national curriculum bodies, including: the Victorian Education Department’s Post Primary English Committee and Post Primary Taskforce, the Year 12 English Panel of Examiners, the Victorian Board of Studies and the federally funded Discovering Democracy Programme and inquiry into the Australian Certificate of Education.
Dr Donnelly has written extensively on contemporary developments in education for Australia’s print media and is the author of Why our schools are failing, Dumbing Down, Australia’s Education Revolution and Educating your child: it’s not rocket science.