Keynote Speakers

AARE is pleased to announce the following Keynote speakers for 2018

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Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith - Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the John E. Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, where she served as Director of the PhD Program in Curriculum & Instruction from 1996-2017, and an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Professor Cochran-Smith, who received the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Legacy Award for lifetime distinguished contributions to research on teaching/teacher education, has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and the University of Alicante (Spain). Cochran-Smith is a past president of AERA, an inaugural AERA fellow, an elected member of the National Academy of Education, and a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center. Cochran-Smith has written more than 200 articles and chapters as well as ten books, six of which have won national awards.  Her most recent book is  Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education (2018), co-authored with members of Project TEER (Teacher Education and Education Reform). Dr. Cochran-Smith is currently Principal Investigator for a Spencer Foundation-funded study of teacher preparation at new graduate schools of education (nGSEs) in the U.S. She is also the Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Teacher Education for NOKUT, Norway’s chief agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

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Associate Professor 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.

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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.

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Dr. Anthony McKnight - University of Wollongong
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Anthony McKnight is an Awabakal, Gumaroi and Yuin Man. Anthony is a father, husband, uncle, son, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew, friend and cultural man. Anthony is currently a lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Social Science at the University of Wollongong. Anthony respects Country and values the knowledge that has been taught to him from Country, Elders and teachers from the community(s). He continuously and respectfully incorporates Yuin ways of knowing and learning with a particular interest of contributing to this area to validate Yuin approaches in academia and schools. Anthony has recently completed a PhD called Singing Up Country in Academia: Teacher education academics and preservice teachers’ experience with Yuin Country, in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Wollongong.  He holds a Masters of Education (HRD) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Education, Health and Physical Education from the University of Wollongong.

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Presidential Address

Professor Annette Woods - President, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
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Annette Woods is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. She researches and teaches in the areas of literacies, social justice, pedagogy, assessment and curriculum, and school reform. With colleagues, her current projects include an investigation of learning to write in the early years of school, thinking about what kindergarten curriculum and pedagogy might look like when literacy and sustainability are brought together by young children, a project which investigates what is required to support a research-rich teaching profession for Australia, and a project with teacher-researcher colleagues that investigates the power of imagination as a curriculum concept. She is also working with colleagues in Canada, USA, UK and Australia on a project that aims to reimagine literacy education for current times.  In 2017-2018 Annette has been the President of the Australian Association for Research in Education.

To view Annette's abstract please click here.

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].

To view Jo-Anne's abstract please click here.

Pre-Conference Keynote

Dr Naomi Barnes - Queensland University of Technology
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Naomi Barnes is a Lecturer in Literacy and early career researcher at Queensland University of Technology. Her work folds literacy and sociological methods together through research into online composition and how social media affects communication, particularly between education researchers and the teaching profession. Her current project is on how key literacy research has made its way into the classroom and to what extent social media has supported professional engagement with that research. Naomi has published on blogging as research communication and methods which use status updates and online comments as data. Twitter: @DrNomyn

Pre-Conference Keynote

Dr Leanne Holt - Macquarie University
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Dr Leanne Holt is a Worimi woman with further connections to Biripai country and over twenty years of higher education experience. Leanne is the current Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) at Macquarie University. She is also Deputy Chair, NATSIHEC, a member of Universities Australia DVC Corporate Committee and Department of Education Equity and Innovation Panel.

Leanne’s research interests relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education policy and governance, with her PhD tracing the development of Aboriginal education policy in Australia. Recently she has led the development of a report on implementing a ‘Whole of University approach’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education as a part of a broader Accelerating Higher Education report for the Department of Education. Leanne was previously at the University of Newcastle as co-Director of the Wollotuka Institute where she led Wollotuka to be the first university in Australia to achieve international accreditation through the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC).

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Remarks on Education at the Opening Reception

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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