Dr Kevin F. McGrath completed a Bachelor of Education in primary education at the University of Technology Sydney, where he graduated with first class honours and was awarded the university medal. Shortly after graduating, he published his honours research in a peer-reviewed journal - a paper examining the perceived need for more male primary school teachers that is presently the eighth most read publication in Gender and Education. After teaching in NSW public schools, he completed a PhD in Education at Macquarie University, where he received an Excellence in Higher Degree Research award and Vice Chancellor's Commendation - with his doctoral dissertation ranked in the top 5% of all Higher Degree Research.
Working as a primary school teacher, an associate lecturer, and as a tertiary supervisor, he has taught more than 800 primary school students and over 2,000 teacher education students. He has also developed and delivered professional development training to school teachers on the topic of recognising and responding to trauma in the classroom.
Dr McGrath's research interests include gender and education, disruptive student behaviour, and the student-teacher relationship. He has published both quantitative and qualitative research.
While his key area of study is education, his published work encompasses several disciplines, including: gender studies, sociology and political science, educational and social psychology, and economics and econometrics. His research has been cited more than 180 times internationally (scholar.google) and he has prepared co-authored publications with researchers in South Africa, Germany, and the United Kingdom.