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Patrick McQuillan

associate professor teacher education, special education, and curriculum and instruction department

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Curriculum Vitae

   

EDUCATION

B.A., History, Wesleyan University, 1975

M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Wesleyan University, 1981

Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Brown University, 1993

 

Professional Activities: Research and Evaluation

2010-present

As Chair of the Content & Curriculum Subcommittee for the Lynch Leadership Academy, I designed and enacted a study of the impact the Leadership Academy experience has had on the principals involved in the program as well as their schools.

2008-2011             

Member of the Ford Research Team that investigated the question of “teacher retention” by building on the work of the Teachers for a New Era Evidence Team. 

2004-09                  

Worked with students, faculty, and administrators at Brighton High School in Boston, MA, to help them transform the school into three “small learning communities.”  Also a member of the Instructional Leadership Team.

2003-2011              

Co-PI for the Qualitative Case Studies Project as part of the Teachers for a New Era initiative in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.  Also, a member of the Teachers for a New Era Evidence Team in the Lynch School.

1997-2011              

Conducted “action research” at Manual High School in Denver, CO to assist faculty and administrators in their efforts to restructure the school in terms of classroom instruction, assessment, and site-based management. 

 

Recent Publications

McQuillan, P.J. (2013). Complexity Theory and Education. Sociology of Education.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Schall-Leckrone, L. & McQuillan, P.J. (2013). Collaboration within a Teacher Education Program: Preparing History Teachers to Teach English Learners. In J. Nagle (Ed.) Creating Collaborative Learning Communities to Improve English Learner Instruction: College Faculty, School Teachers, and Pre-service Teachers Learning Together in the 21st Century. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Cochran-Smith, M., McQuillan, P.J., Barnatt, J., D’Souza, L., Jong, C., Shakman, K., Terrell, D., Lam, K., Gleeson, A.M., Mitchell, K. (2012.) Teaching practice and early career decisions: Findings from a longitudinal cross-case study. American Educational Research Journal, 49(5): 844-880.   

Schall-Leckrone, L. & McQuillan, P.J. (2012). Preparing history teachers to work with English learners through a focus on the academic language of historical analysis. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 11: pp. 246-266.

McQuillan, P.J., Welch, M. J. & Barnatt, J.  (2012.) In Search of Coherence: ‘Inquiring’ at Multiple Levels of a Teacher Education System. Educational Action Research, 20(4): 535-551.   

McQuillan, P. J. (2011). Doing Organizational Complexity: A Review of Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership: Leveraging Nonlinear Science to Create Ecologies of Innovation by Jeffrey Goldstein, James Hazy, and Benyamin Lichtenstein. (Palgrave Macmillan). Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 8(2): 101-105. 

Zito, N. & McQuillan, P.J. (2010) Cheating themselves out of an education: Assignments that promote higher-order thinking and honesty in middle school. Middle School Journal, November, pp. 6-16.

Zito, N. & McQuillan, P.J. (2010). “It’s not my fault”: Using neutralization theory to understand cheating by middle school students. Current Issues in Education, 13(3), http://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/190 .  

McQuillan, P. J. (2010). (Most) Everything You Want to Know About District-wide, Small School Reform: A Review of Against the Odds: Insights from One District’s Small School Reform, by Larry Cuban, Gary Lichtenstein, Arthur Evenchik, Martin Tombari, and Kristen Pozzoboni. (Harvard Education Press). Education Review, 13(11). http://www.edrev.info/essays/v13n11.pdf

 

Recent Presentations

McQuillan, P.J.  (2013). Promoting Educational Transformation.  Presentation given as part of The Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advantage Program sponsored by The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education.  Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, July 11.

Kershner, B. & McQuillan, P.J. (2013). The Balance of Leadership: Enacting School Change in an Urban Catholic School. Paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

McQuillan, P.J.  (2013). When and How Do Systems Change?: Using Complexity Theory to Conceptualize Educational Transformation.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH, April 19.

McQuillan, P.J.  (2013). Transformative Education Through School Leadership.  Talk given to A+ Denver, March 14.  (http://www.aplusdenver.org/Events/pat-mcquillan)

McQuillan, P.J.  (2012). Understanding Educational Transformation . . . or at Least Trying to. Presentation given as part of The Emmaus Series: A Leadership Advantage Program sponsored by The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education.  Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, July 13.

Schall-Leckrone, L. & McQuillan, P.J.  (2012).  Integrating Language and Content Instruction in History:  Preparing History Teachers to Work with English Learners. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.  

McQuillan, P.J., Enterline, S., Schall-Leckrone, L., Kershner, B. & Backe, S. (2012). Leadership in Urban Schools: Creating a Common Culture. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH.

McQuillan, P.J.  (2012). Schools as Complex Adaptive Systems: A Systems Analysis of Educational Reform at Rocky Mountain High.  Paper presented at the Ethnography in Educational Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 

Schall-Leckrone, L. & McQuillan, P.J.  (2011).  Preparing History Teachers to Apprentice Adolescent English Language Learners into the Language of Historians.  Presentation at the Academic Language and Teacher Education Conference, Marlborough, MA.

McQuillan, P.J., Barnatt, J., D’Souza, L., Jong, C., Shakman, K., Terrell, D., Lam, K., Mitchell, K., & Gleeson, A.M. (2011). Teaching Practice and Early Career Decisions: Findings from a Longitudinal Study.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Schall-Leckrone, L. & McQuillan, P.J. (2011). Preparing Pre-Service History Teachers to Work with English Language Learners. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

Welch, M.J., Cannady, M., & McQuillan, P.J. (2011).  Self-Efficacy, Pupil Learning, and Teaching for Social Justice: Practitioner Inquiry and Cultivating a Sense of Agency in Teacher Candidates. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

McQuillan, P.J., & Muellner, L. (2010) A Critical Exploration of Cross-Cultural Miscommunication. Workshop presented at the Diversity Challenge sponsored by the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Lynch School of Education, Boston College.

Cochran-Smith, M., McQuillan, P.J., Barnatt, J., D’Souza, L.A., Jong, C., Lam, K., Shakman, K., & Terrell, D. (2010). Who’s Fit to Teach?: A Longitudinal, Cross-Case Study of Teacher Learning and Career Paths. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, Denver, CO.

Daniello, F. & McQuillan, P.J. (2010). Complexity Theory as a Lens for Conceptualizing Change in the Delivery of Professional Development. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, Denver, CO.

 

 

 
   
   
 



 

  

 

   

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