Dr Alexandra McCormick

PhD (Sydney), BA (Hons) English and Comparative Lit. (E. Anglia), MA (Hons) International Studies (Sydney)

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6215

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Biographical details

Alex has taught on the Education 1-4 program in the Faculty since 2008, and coordinates, lectures and tutors on undergraduate and post-graduate education courses. She has also designed and delivered an education component for the Development Studies Masters in the Faculty of Arts since 2009. She has assisted on a range of research projects that have investigated issues of equity and social justice, and language aquisition.

Alex is finalising postdoctoral research into 'post-2015' education and development agendas in the South Pacific. That research has built on Alex's prior doctoral work that investigated the global social policy ofEducation for All(EFA) in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. She explored the scope for broadly national contributions and ownership - over narrower donor and state leadership - through community and civil society coalitions' increasing engagement in processes of policy formation. Alex conducted fieldwork in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

The doctoral research was a component of an ARC Linkage grant with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as the industry partner: AusAID at Work: the Design, Delivery and Impact of Australian Aid to Education in Asia and the Pacific.The PhD was shortlisted as a finalist for the Rita and John Cornforth University Medal 2013.

Prior to undertaking her Masters in International Studies, Alex taught English for three years at three high schools in Japan, and at primary level in Sichuan, China. She has periodically taught students from a range of nationalities at private institutions in Australia. Alex has worked with NGOs assisting refugees with relocation in the UK and Australia, and teaches an adult Creative Writing class on the Refugee Language Programme at the University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Research interests

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • International and comparative education

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change

Social work and social policy

  • Third sector research

Keywords:Education for All, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, global social policy, norm transfer, critical discourse analysis

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Intercultural understandings: pathways for higher education. MPhil Suzanne ALLEN
On unstable ground: the impact of policy reform on teachers' work in post-disaster contexts MEd (Research) Christopher HENDERSON

Associations

  • Convenor, Comparative and International Education Network, University of Sydney

  • Secretary, Oceania Comparative and International Education Society

  • Sydney South East Asia Centre Member

  • Reviewer, Comparative Education Review; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

  • Editorial Board Member, former Assistant Editor, TheInternational Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

  • Member of the Australia New Zealand Comparative International Education Society and the Australian Association for Pacific Studies

  • Refugee Language Program (Creative Writing Teacher)

Awards and honours

  • 2009 - 2010 University of Sydney Thomas T. Roberts Fellowship

  • 2007 - 2010 Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) for ARC Linkage Project with Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

  • 2010 and 2007 Australia New Zealand Comparative International Education Society (ANZCIES) Travel Scholarships

  • 2013 Thomas and Mary Ethel Ewing Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2013 Finalist Rita and John Cornforth University Medal

  • 2014 British Association of International and Comparative Education conference grant

Selected grants

2013

  • Rethinking Education Partnerships: Developing a Pacific Caucus; Cassity E, McCormick A, Coxon E; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • McCormick, A. (2016). Policy constructions of childhoods and education in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific: An analysis of multi-scalar development policy processes. In L. Hopkins & A. Sriprakash (Eds.), The 'poor child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, (pp. 127-150). London: Routledge.

Journals

  • Ginns, P., Loughland, A., Tierney, R., Fryer, L., Amazan, R., McCormick, A. (2015). Evaluation of the Learning to Teach for Social Justiceā€“Beliefs Scale in an Australian context. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(2), 311-323. [More Information]
  • McCormick, A. (2014). Who are the custodians of Pacific 'post-2015' education futures? Policy discourses, education for all and the millennium development goals. International Journal of Educational Development, 39, 173-182. [More Information]
  • McCormick, A. (2012). Whose Education Policies in Aid-Receiving Countries? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Quality and Normative Transfer through Cambodia and Laos. Comparative Education Review, 56(1), 18-47. [More Information]
  • McCormick, A. (2011). Some partners are more equal than others: EFA and Civil Society in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu education policy processes. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 10(2), 54-70.

Conferences

  • McCormick, A. (2007). Education for All and Mi(x)conceptions of Development in Papua New Guinea since 1990. 2007 ANZCIES, 35th Annual Conference, Armidale, NSW: University of New England.

2016

  • McCormick, A. (2016). Policy constructions of childhoods and education in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific: An analysis of multi-scalar development policy processes. In L. Hopkins & A. Sriprakash (Eds.), The 'poor child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, (pp. 127-150). London: Routledge.

2015

  • Ginns, P., Loughland, A., Tierney, R., Fryer, L., Amazan, R., McCormick, A. (2015). Evaluation of the Learning to Teach for Social Justiceā€“Beliefs Scale in an Australian context. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(2), 311-323. [More Information]

2014

  • McCormick, A. (2014). Who are the custodians of Pacific 'post-2015' education futures? Policy discourses, education for all and the millennium development goals. International Journal of Educational Development, 39, 173-182. [More Information]

2012

  • McCormick, A. (2012). Whose Education Policies in Aid-Receiving Countries? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Quality and Normative Transfer through Cambodia and Laos. Comparative Education Review, 56(1), 18-47. [More Information]

2011

  • McCormick, A. (2011). Some partners are more equal than others: EFA and Civil Society in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu education policy processes. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 10(2), 54-70.

2007

  • McCormick, A. (2007). Education for All and Mi(x)conceptions of Development in Papua New Guinea since 1990. 2007 ANZCIES, 35th Annual Conference, Armidale, NSW: University of New England.

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