Sociology of education

Sociologists of education study learning and teaching as social processes, and the social contexts in which they occur. How schools work as institutions, who gets educated, the educational effects of class inequality, of gender, ethnicity, and relations between generations. Sociologists are also interested in the knowledge that forms the school curriculum, where it comes from and why it takes the form it does, how we test and evaluate learning, and what are the social effects of the way we test. Research projects can involve interviewing, field observation, surveys and a variety of other approaches.

Researchers in this area include:

Associate Professor Nigel Bagnall Associate Professor, Comparative Education
Associate Professor Dianne Bloomfield Director; Honorary Associate Professor
Keywords: professional experience, teacher identity, inservice and preservice professional learning
Dr Dorothy Bottrell Senior Lecturer, Teaching and Learning; Co-ordinator B.Ed (Secondary) Honours; Honorary Senior Lecturer
Keywords: resilience, schools and communities, youth work, social justice, juvenile justice, social policy
Dr Nikki Brunker Lecturer, Primary Curriculum Studies
Ms Kate (Catherine) Keeley Lecturer; Curriculum Coordinator, Geography, Economics, Business Studies BA/BEd(Secondary combined degree) ; Curriculum Coordinator, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Society and Culture Master of Teaching Program
Keywords: Early career teachers and accreditation, Aboriginal education, Global education, Juvenile justice, Legal Studies and legal issues within education, Social justice and equality, Environmental education
Dr Helen Proctor Senior Lecturer; Research Higher Degree Student Co-ordinator; Research Progress Manager – Division of Doctoral Studies; Thesis Proposal and Examination Coordinator, Office of Doctoral Studies
Dr Lesley Scanlon Senior Lecturer, Teaching and Learning; Coordinator, Professional Doctorates
Professor Anthony Welch Professor of Education
Keywords: international higher education, Australian education, comparative and international education, education and social policy, education and equality
Ms Christabel Wescombe Honorary Associate, Faculty
Ms Belinda Chambers Project Manager, Learning and Teaching; PhD Candidate (Sydney)
Dr Lucila Carvalho Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Arathi Sriprakash Lecturer, Sociology of Education & International and Comparative Education
Keywords: socio-cultural diversity, pro-poor development, policy translations, ethnographic methodologies
Dr John P. Hughes Honorary Associate
Keywords: citizenship education, history of secondary education, history of schooling, school choice
Adjunct Professor Cathryn McConaghy Adjunct Professor