Dr Linda Bendikson

PhD, MEd

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Director - UACEL


Linda Bendikson is the Director at The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership. Linda brings her expertise in the education sector as a teacher, principal, and most recently, as Regional Manager (Central North) for the Ministry of Education. A life-long educationalist, Linda completed her PhD studies at The University of Auckland in 2011. Her PhD research focuses on educational management and leadership. She has developed a method for assessing the performance of secondary schools, including those which are improving over a four-year period. She has also linked school performance to aspects of instructional leadership and school culture. Aspects of Linda’s research have been published in the Journal of Educational Administration and she has recently co-authored a chapter in Leadership and Learning (Editors: Jan Robertson and Helen Timperley) along with Viviane Robinson and John Hattie – her PhD supervisors.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bendikson, L. (2017). Courageous and coherent leadership required for excellent and equitable outcomes. Conference 2017 : Leadership for Improving Learning Insights from research, 34-38. Melbourne, Australia. Related URL.
  • Robinson, V., Bendikson, L., McNaughton, S., Wilson, A., & Zhu, T. (2017). Joining the dots: The challenge of creating coherent school improvement. Teachers College Record, 119 (8), 1-44.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36477
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aaron Wilson, Viviane Robinson, Stuart McNaughton, Tong Zhu
  • Kiro, C., Hynds, A. S., Eaton, J., Irving, E., Wilson, A., Bendikson, L., ... Rangi, M. (2016). The Starpath Project. Starpath Phase 2. Final Summative Evaluation Report. Auckland: Starpath Project, The University of Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30129
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cynthia Kiro, Aaron Wilson
  • Bendikson, L. M., Robinson, V. M. J., & Hattie, J. (2012). Principal instructional leadership and secondary school performance. SET: Research information for teachers, 1 (2-8).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Viviane Robinson
  • Bendikson, L. M. (2011). The Effects of Principal Instructional Leadership on Secondary School Performance The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/8924
  • Robinson, V. M., Bendikson, L., & Hattie, J. (2011). Leadership and student outcomes: Are secondary schools unique?. In J. Robertson, H. Timperley (Eds.) Leadership and Learning (pp. 131-142). London: Sage Publications.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Viviane Robinson
  • Bendikson, L. M., Hattie, J., & Robinson, V. (2011). Identifying the comparative academic performance of secondary schools. Journal of Educational Administration, 49 (4), 433-439. 10.1108/09578231111146498
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Viviane Robinson