Dr Alison O'Grady

Program Director Combined Degrees : English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Practices 1-3, Creativity and Teacher Artistry

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 7044

Biographical details

My experiences as an English and Drama teacher for over twenty-five years and my current work as a Lecturer in both the combined degree and Master of teaching program at the University of Sydney have all influenced and shaped the way I approach teaching and research. I am passionate about the subjects I teach and the research I undertake. My life as a teacher has meant I have been immersed in a creative life as a writer and as a reader and this has become inherent in my research life. I love and use language imaginatively and have sought as a teacher to listen to the idealism and ideas of my students, in equal measure. I attribute my desire to know the world (Freire, 2000) to my engagement with the world, through language.

Research interests

English curriculum, creativity, arts informed research practices, performed research, thematic discourse analysis, dramatic interaction in education, and pre service and teacher professional development.

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate and post graduate classes at the University of Sydney

· Teaching English 1/English Curriculum 1

· Teaching English 2/English Curriculum 2

· Teaching English 3/English Curriculum 3

· Pedagogy & Practices 1, (2, unit of study coordinator)

· Creativity, Youth and Arts Cultures – unit of study coordinator

· Creativity and Teacher Artistry – unit of study coordinator

· Honors Supervision

· Professional Experiences Mentor

· Action Research and Learning

Honours supervision:

  • Dalie Mourad an autoethnographic study; ' Iam from here, I am from there, I am from nowhere'. Shaping teacher identity as a Muslim teacher through the Canon and the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. (2016)
  • Jennifer Chin - ' Finding the union of A & B'. Pre service Mathematics teacher identity and their engagement with the Professional Teacher Standards (2016)
  • Oliver Hillsmith - Expressive Personal Writing: 'A Matter Of Balance' (2017)
  • Madeleine Duncan - Pre service teachers' conceptions of creativity in writing for the Science classroom (2017)
  • Henry White - Analysisng Current Adolescent Male Literacy Practices And Implications For a Post Normal Future (2017)

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Current projects

Forthcoming Research Output

· O’Grady, A. (2016). Images, Pedagogies and Interculturalism. (Book proposal with Routledge Australia) June, (2016).

· O’Grady, A. (2016). Always In The Process Of Becoming – pre service teacher interactions with drama and literacy. (Book proposal with Routledge Australia) July, (2016).

· O’Grady, A. & Wilkinson, L. (2016). Shape shifting the colonized mind. (Book proposal with Bloomsbury).

· O’Grady, A. & Smyth, C. (2016). Interdisciplinary approaches to primary and secondary history teaching. (Proposal for book chapter).

· Strategic Innovation Grant from the DVC Education Office. Words make things happen:Transforming Shakespeare in the English Curriculum

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Associations

. Member CRLI (2016)

· The Sydney Theatre Company Teacher Advisory Board 2016

· COMPASS – The University of Sydney Social Inclusion Unit - pre service teacher training and school visit coordination and volunteering 2010- 2016

· The English Teacher’s Association, member 1998-2016

· Academic partner, Epping Boys High School 2014

· Reviewer, Journal of Adolescent Literacy 2015

Awards and honours

2015 Faculty of Education and Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award

Publications and Conferences

· Curwood, J. S. & O’Grady, A. (2016). Answering the call: Reflections on Professional learning and English teaching. English in Australia Volume 50 Number 3.

· O’Grady, A. (2016-). Images, Pedagogies and Interculturalism. (Book proposal with Routledge Australia) June, (2016).

· O’Grady, A. (2016). Always In The Process Of Becoming – pre service teacher interactions with drama and literacy. (Book proposal with Routledge Australia) July, (2016).

· AARE – paper presentation, “Pedagogies, Images and Interculturalism”, November, (2016).

· Historical Consciousness and Dramatic Interaction, International project. The University of British Columbia. Invited Research paper, “Building the world through students”, January, (2016).

· The English Teacher’s Association Conference – “ Teaching Spoken word poetry for change” – O’Grady, A. & Wong, T. December (2015)

· Applied Theatre Research conference, University of Auckland, invited guest speaker “ The perils and pursuits of the PhD student journey”, November, (2015).

· Creativity, the arts and higher education symposium, invited panelist – Monash University, November (2015).

· IDIERI – the International Drama in Education research symposium. (paper presentation), “ Building a more socially just world through drama”. July, (2015).

· Drama Australia – Game Changer conference, “ Building the world through the affordances of drama – innovation in education and creativity”, (paper presentation). July, (2015).

· IDEA, the International Drama Theatre Association conference, “ teaching social justice in drama education” (paper presentation)- Paris, France. July, (2013).

· The University of Auckland, Critical and Applied Theatre Conference, Auckland, PhD student forum, N.Z. (2013).

· DELVE Drama Australia national conference, workshop presentation “creating the socially inclusive drama classroom through the lens of engagement”, March, (2012).

· The English Teacher’s Association conference – “ Work-shopping creativity in stage 6 syllabus”, November, (2011).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Curwood, J., O'Grady, A. (2015). Answering the call: Reflections on professional learning and English teaching. English in Australia, 50(3), 31-34.

2015

  • Curwood, J., O'Grady, A. (2015). Answering the call: Reflections on professional learning and English teaching. English in Australia, 50(3), 31-34.

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