Dr Alexandra McCormick

PhD (Sydney), MA (Hons) International Studies, BA (Hons) English and Comparative Lit. (U.E. Anglia), Grad. Cert. (Higher Ed.)
Lecturer

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6215

Website OCIES
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Biographical details

Alex teaches on the undergraduate Education 1-4 program in the Faculty and on post-graduate education courses and an education unit for the Development Studies Masters in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Alex conducted postdoctoral research into 'post-2015' education and development agendas in the South Pacific. That research built onher prior doctoral work that investigated the global social policy ofEducation for All(EFA) in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, including in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. The doctoral research was on 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.Alex works on research projects that have investigated issues of equity and social justice, and language acquisition.

Before undertaking a Masters in International Studies, Alex taught English for three years at 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 taught 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

Teaching and supervision

Masters coordination and teaching:

  • EDPB5016 Global Poverty, Socail Policy and Education (online)
  • EDPB5002 Globalisation and Education (online)
  • EDPB6013 Internationalisation of Education (online)
  • EDMT5676 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • EDMT6500 Schools and their Communities
  • DVST6902 Development: Communication and Education

Undergraduate coordination and teaching:

  • EDUF3026 Global Poverty and Education
  • EDUF4044 Reading and Designing Research
  • EDUF1018 Education, Teachers and Teaching

Doctoral and Masters supervision

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Nature, Function and Value of Intercultural Understanding in NSW Pathways to Higher Education Suzanne ALLEN
The role of university education in social change and its ?reflection on the educational policies of Saudi Arabia?????? Aeshah ALQAHTANI
The Influence of Schooling on the Futures of Students who Experienced War Jonamari Kristin FLORESTA
In these precarious islands: Disaster risk reduction education in the Philippines Liberty Pascua PASCUA

Associations

  • Former Convenor and co-founder, Comparative and International Education Network (CoInEd), University of Sydney

  • Vice President, former Secretary, Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES)

  • Sydney South East Asia Centre (SSEAC) Member

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

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

  • Member of the Australia New Zealand Comparative International Education Society (ANZCIES, now OCIES) and the Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS)

  • Refugee Language Program (Creative Writing Teacher)

Awards and honours

  • 2016 Dean's Education Innovation Grant Recipient

  • 2014 British Association of International and Comparative Education conference grant

  • 2013 Thomas and Mary Ethel Ewing Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2013 Finalist Rita and John Cornforth PhD University Medal

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

  • 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)

International links

New Zealand

(University of Auckland) Collaborative investigation into teaching Comparative and International Education, with Dr. Ritesh Shah and Dr. Matthew Thomas, and supported by an OCIES Fellowship and Networking 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). Navigating education policies in Oceania: Civil societies and network governance in a decolonising Pacific. In T. D. Jules (Eds.), The global educational policy environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, regulated and governed. UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Policy constructions of childhoods: Impacts of multi-level education and development policy processes in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. In L. Hopkins, A. Sriprakash (Eds.), The 'Poor Child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, (pp. 127-150). Abingdon: Routledge.

Journals

  • McCormick, A. (2016). Changing contexts in comparative and international education: Geopolitical shifts and research in Australia (Editorial). International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(1), 1-4.
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Vanuatu Education Policy post-2015: 'alternative', decolonising processes for 'development'. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(3), 16-29. [More Information]
  • 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). Changing contexts in comparative and international education: Geopolitical shifts and research in Australia (Editorial). International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(1), 1-4.
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Navigating education policies in Oceania: Civil societies and network governance in a decolonising Pacific. In T. D. Jules (Eds.), The global educational policy environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, regulated and governed. UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Policy constructions of childhoods: Impacts of multi-level education and development policy processes in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. In L. Hopkins, A. Sriprakash (Eds.), The 'Poor Child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, (pp. 127-150). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Vanuatu Education Policy post-2015: 'alternative', decolonising processes for 'development'. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(3), 16-29. [More Information]

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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