Lorraine Godden

Lorraine Godden, PhD

Faculty Member

Lorraine Godden’s (PhD, Queen’s University) research examined how teachers and school leaders undertake complex and differentiated activity in the processes of interpretation and implementation of policy in educational organizations. Dr. Godden’s research is rooted in understanding how policy actors interpret policy documents to make sense of education and career/life planning, cooperative education, experiential learning, and other educational multidisciplinary policies, and enact them into programing. Dr. Godden is particularly interested in how all stakeholders, including vulnerable populations, can be supported, and policy implementation facilitated, through these complex interpretive processes. She has successfully completed many collaborative, empirical, and community-based research projects that have informed theory, policy, and practice-based initiatives for at-risk youth populations. Her research has been published in national and international journals, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Further, her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Godden currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Career Development Association and is an Associate Researcher at the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby (UK). Dr. Godden teaches leadership and policy-related courses, and she holds a teaching Fellowship with Advance HE (UK).

Research interests: Policy implementation, phenomenology, document analysis, hermeneutics.