Dr. Coral Mitchell

Faculty of Education

Dr. Coral Mitchell

Professor (PhD)
Department of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Education
Full Advisement Load: Contact for Availability for Graduate Advisement

Courses Taught
EDUC 3P70: Education, Schooling, and Society
EDUC 5P60: Constructions of Organization
EDUC 5P64: Ethics in Educational Decision Making
EDUC 5P65: Constructing an Administrative Identity
EDUC 5P72: Effecting Change in Education
EDUC 5P74: Life in Educational Organizations
EDUC 5P77: Learning in Organizations
EDUC 5Q91: Major Research Paper in Educational Studies
EDUC 5F95: Thesis Tutorial in Educational Studies
EDUC 5P98: Independent Study in Education
EDUC 5P96: Internship in Educational Issues

Research Interests
School learning communities; School development; Professional development; Educational leadership

Books Authored

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2011). Profound Improvement: Building learning-community capacity from living systems principles (2nd ed.) London, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2009). Sustainable improvement: Building learning communities that endure. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense.

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2000). Profound improvement: Building capacity for a learning community. Lisse, Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.

Books Edited

Richards, M., Elliott, A., Woloshyn, V., & Mitchell, C. (Eds.)(2001). Collaboration uncovered: The assumed, the forgotten, and the unexamined. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Chapters in Books

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2015). Rethinking schools as living systems. In D. Burgess and P. Newton (Eds.), Educational administration and leadership: Theoretical foundations (pp. 255-274). London, UK: Routledge.

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2011). Building and leading within learning ecologies. In J. MacBeath & T. Townsend (Eds.), International Handbook on Leadership for Learning (pp. 975-990). London, UK: Springer. 

Sackney, L., & Mitchell, C. (2008). Leadership for learning: A Canadian perspective. In J. MacBeath & Y. C. Cheng (Eds.), Leadership for learning: International perspective (pp. 123-136). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense.

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2007). Extending the learning community: A broader perspective embedded in policy. In L. Stoll & K. S. Louis (Eds.), Professional learning communities: Divergence, detail and difficulties (pp. 30-44).Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.

Sackney, L., & Mitchell, C. (2005). Leadership for communities of leaders: Developing capacity for a learning community. In H. D. Armstrong (Ed.), Examining the practice of school administration in Canada (pp. 275-290). Calgary, AB: Detselig.

Castle, J., Mitchell, C., & Gupta, V. (2002). Roles of elementary school principals in Ontario: Tasks and tensions. In H. Fennell (Ed.), The role of the principal in Canada (pp. 23-37). Calgary, AB: Detselig.

Sackney, L., & Mitchell, C. (2002). Postmodern expressions of educational leadership. In K. Leithwood & P. Hallinger (Eds.), The second international handbook of educational leadership and administration (pp. 881-913). Dordrecht, NL: Kluwer.

Mitchell, C. (2001). Negotiating agendas in collaborative research. In M. Richards, A. Elliott, V. Woloshyn, & C. Mitchell (Eds.), Collaboration uncovered: The assumed, the forgotten, and the unexamined (pp. 31045). Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Mitchell, C., & Coltrinari, H. (2001). Journal writing for teachers and students. In T. Barer-Stein & M. Kompf (Eds.), The craft of teaching adults (3rd ed.) (pp. 21-38). Toronto, ON: Culture Concepts.

Mitchell, C., & Kerr, J. (2000). Integrating virtual and traditional instruction. In B. Mann (Ed.), Perspectives on web course management (pp. 249-261). Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press.

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (1998). Learning about organizational learning. In K. Leithwood & K. Seashore Louis (Eds.), Organizational learning in schools (pp. 177-199). Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.

Papers in Refereed Journals


Chen, Yi.,  Mitchell, C. (In press). Interactions between Professional Learning Communities and the Educational Culture Where they are Employed: Comparative Research across Beijing and Ontario Schools. International Studies in Educational Administration.
Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (In press). School improvement in high-capacity schools: Educational leadership and living-systems ontology. Educational Management, Administration, and Leadership.


Meyer, M., & Mitchell, C. (2011). Contexts and discourses of social justice: An administrative challenge. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 21(1).

Mitchell, C. (2007). Principles of engagement: Building sustainable learning communities. Changing Perspectives (February), 13-16.

Sackney, L., & Mitchell, C. (2006). Building schools, building people: The school principal’s role in leading a learning community. Journal of School Leadership, 16(5), 627-640.

Sackney, L, Mitchell, C., & Walker, K. (2006). Schools that work. Leadership in Focus: The Australasian Journal for School Leaders (Winter), 30-34.

Mitchell, C., & Castle, J. (2005). The instructional role of elementary school principals. Canadian Journal of Education, 28(3), 267-291.

Kumar, R., & Mitchell, C. (2002). A collaborative-expressive model of administrative ethical reasoning: Some practical problems. Journal of Thought, 37 (1), 67-84.

Mitchell, C., DiPetta, T., & Kerr, J. (2001). The frontier of web-based instruction. Education and Information Technologies, 6(2), 105-121.

Mitchell, C., & Kerr, J. (2001). Comparing virtual and face-to-face instruction. Brock Education, 10(2), 14-25.

Mitchell, C., & Kumar, R. (2001). The development of administrative moral discourse in a pluralistic society. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 15 (2), 47-67

Mitchell, C., & Sackney, L. (2001, February). Building capacity for a learning community. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 19. [Online]. Available: http://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/cjeap/issues19.html

Mitchell, C. (1999). Building learning communities in schools: The Next Generation or The Impossible Dream? Interchange, 30(3), 283-303.

Walker, K., Sackney, L., & Mitchell, C. (1999). Postmodern conceptions of power for educational leadership. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 14(1), 33-57.

Mitchell, C., & Boak, T. (1997). Collaborative research: The power, the perils, and the possibilities. Brock Education, 7(1), 1-14.

Mitchell, C. (1997). Stay-in-school programs. The Canadian School Executive, 16(7), 3-8.

Mitchell, C., Sackney, L., & Walker, K. (1996). The postmodern phenomenon: Ramifications for school organizations and educational leadership. Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, 11(1), 38-67.

coral mitchell
Dr. Coral Mitchell
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

Office: WH 9E
T: 905 688 5550 x4413
E: coral.mitchell@brocku.ca Dr. Coral Mitchell


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