Keynote Speakers

AARE is pleased to announce the following Keynote speakers for 2018

Radford Lecture

Professor Jo-anne Reid - Charles Sturt University
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Jo-Anne Reid began her career teaching Secondary English, worked as a curriculum consultant for beginning teachers in the WA Department of Education, and has had a long-standing involvement in teacher education prior to her appointment as the Presiding Officer of Academic Senate at Charles Sturt University. Following her doctoral work focused on teacher programming as a means for constituting both school and teaching subjects, her interest in the potential of poststructuralist theories of practice for rethinking education and diversity continues to  inform her research and teaching.  She has won a range of National Competitive Grants over her career, several of which have focussed on literacy education and teacher education, overseas-born and Indigenous  teachers as well as on literacy and the environment and rural teacher education. She has been co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and is a past president of both the  Australian Teacher Education Association [ATEA] and the Australian Association for Research in Education [AARE].


Professor Valerie Harwood - Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
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Valerie Harwood is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology of Education, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney,  an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2014-2018 and an Honorary Professorial Fellow, Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), University of Wollongong. Valerie’s research is centred on a social and cultural analysis of participation in educational futures. This work involves learning about collaborative approaches and in-depth fieldwork on educational justice with young people, families and communities. Her most recent book is The Politics of Widening Participation and University Access for Young People : Making educational futures co-authored with Anna Hickey-Moody (RMIT), Samantha McMahon (Sydney) and Sarah O’Shea (UOW). Making Educational Futures draws on ARC funded research with young people who experienced precarious education (they were not engaged in institutional educational systems) and sought to understand how they imagined the university. Her current collaborations include a book in preparation with Nyssa Murray (Sydney & UOW) The Promotion of Education, A Critical Cultural Social Marketing Approach,  and community-led research with Kathie Clapham and the Caring for Community team, AHSRI, UOW.


Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews - The Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK), University of Technology Sydney

Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews is an D’harawal researcher and lecturer whose work increasingly centres Aboriginal standpoints and perspectives across a diversity of research disciplines (most notably education and psychology). He has participated in and led numerous research grants investigating topics including, mental health, mentoring, identity, D’harawal Knowledges and Storytelling, education, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in developing robust and diverse research designs, with an increasing dedication to Indigenous Research Methodologies. From this framework, he is continually developing his experience in applying both quantitative and qualitative methods to speak to and privilege Indigenous voices within his scholarly work. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (including the 2010 AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher Award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on Aboriginal standpoints in developing resiliency against racism.

Dorothy Hoddinott - AO FACE - Holroyd High School
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Dorothy Hoddinott is one of Australia’s most widely recognised school leaders. She has taught in government and non-government schools in Australia, UK and Italy and has also worked in assessment, examinations and policy advice at a leadership level. She has led state and national professional teachers’ associations, and contributed to development of national teaching standards and curricula. She was a Ministerial appointee to the NSW Board of Studies 1998-2001. Dorothy has been Principal of Holroyd High School since 1995 and is retiring from that position in 2018.

Dorothy has a deep, life-long commitment to social justice and is a strong public advocate for the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and those of children, particularly disadvantaged children. In recognition of her work, she was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney in 2006, and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008. In 2012, she was awarded the Medal of the Australian College of Educators, the first time the Medal had been awarded to someone working in a school. In 2014, she was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Western Sydney University and was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal in recognition of her human rights advocacy for disadvantaged young people, particularly child asylum seekers and refugees.

Dorothy was a Fellow of Senate of the University of Sydney 2010-2018, and has been Pro-Chancellor of the University since 2015. In 2016, she was selected for Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence, and was a finalist for the NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.

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