Dr Alexandra McCormick

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

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6215

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Biographical details

Alex is currently undertaking postdoctoral research into post-2015 education and development agendas in the South Pacific. Alex also coordinates, lectures and tutors on undergraduate and post-graduate courses in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Faculty of Arts, and continues to work periodically as an ESL teacher. She has assisted on a range of research projects investigating issues of equity and social justice and language aquisition.

Alex investigated the global social policy ofEducation for All(EFA) in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific in her doctoral research. 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 research was multi-disciplinary, framed in critical development theory and critical discourse analysis, and considered the constitutive role of language in education policy formation and implementation. The PhD was shortlisted as a finalist for the Rita and John Cornforth University Medal 2013.

The 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.

Prior to undertaking her Masters in International Studies, Alex taught English for three years at high schools in Japan, and at primary level in Sichuan, China. She worked with NGOs assisting refugees with relocation in the UK and Australia. She teaches an adults 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

Associations

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

  • 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

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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Journals

  • Ginns, P., Fryer, L., Amazan, R., McCormick, A., Loughland, A. (2014). Evaluation of the Learning to Teach for Social Justiceā€“Beliefs Scale in an Australian context. Higher Education Research and Development, Online first. [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, In press. [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.

2014

  • Ginns, P., Fryer, L., Amazan, R., McCormick, A., Loughland, A. (2014). Evaluation of the Learning to Teach for Social Justiceā€“Beliefs Scale in an Australian context. Higher Education Research and Development, Online first. [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, In press. [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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