Dr. Yvonne M. Martin-Newcombe
Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Faculty of Education
University of Victoria
Dr. Yvonne M. Martin-Newcombe, Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, is now a consultant with expertise in Education Law and Policy. Specific areas of focus are as follows:
- Parents and schools
- Educational decision-making and the law
- Students and their rights in the school system
- The governance of schools
- Law and the practice of school psychology
Previously she was a member of the department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria where she has professed for 30 years (1978 to 2008). She became a full professor in 1996. And in 2002 she was nominated as a Woman of Distinction in the city of Victoria (British Columbia) on the basis of her contribution to the field of education.
Her initial focus in teaching and research was administrative and organization theory. After some formal studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria (1985-87) her orientation in both teaching and research shifted to education law and policy. Her work in this area -- particularly with respect to that on parental participation in school governance -- has provided scholarly leadership in Canada.
She also adopted the role as an interpreter of the law to the field of educational practitioners with the goal of promoting the prevention of legal entanglements through the development of clear understanding of how the law impinges on their work. She has also made significant contributions to development and preparation of school administrators and particularly to the preparation of women for the principalship. Over the years she has published numerous scholarly works and OpEd pieces, and presented conference papers, workshops, and done consultations on educational issues.
She completed her Ph.D. and an MA in educational administration (1977 and 1974 respectively) at McGill University. And she received a Teachers' Certificate and a BA (English and Latin) from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, in Jamaica. In 1977 Dr. Martin was appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at McGill University where she also taught educational administration.
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