About

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My writing and research are in the areas of pedagogy and practice. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from ANU, two Graduate Diplomas in Education, a Master of Education (Hons) from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in Education from Western Sydney University.

I have written two books since the award of my doctorate in December 2013 and the links to my UTS profile and Academia sites detail peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, articles and professional association pieces I have written for academic, professional and corporate audiences. Throughout my career I have received national and international awards for outstanding contributions to student learning in Australian universities; in 2019 I received a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Social Impact in Teaching and Learning for my work in English Teaching Methods – a subject I love.

I enjoy interacting with media commentators and writing for public forums like ‘The Conversation’ and the AARE Research Matters blog. I have a Twitter professional learning network that keeps me in touch with scholars in other countries, as well as a vibrant network of education leaders and classroom teachers both locally and internationally. I belong to many professional associations in education for research, curriculum, technology and AI in education.

A key strength as an educator is my theory-practice background. I prefer to work at the ‘elbow of teachers in classrooms’ examining and deeply understanding their approaches to pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.

I often use action research methods. More recently I have developed a short course at UTS it’s based on key findings from research detailed in my latest book – it is on engineering – have a look here:

On this refreshed website I will add the occasional blog post – not making a commitment to write all the time and I’ll aim to upload professional learning resources and ideas that I think might be of interest to not only teachers in schools but those of us who teach in higher education in universities.

I hope you will drop by this website on a regular basis. And remember to be kind.