Ms Amanda Freeborn

BA/BEd (SecEd:HumSocSci) (Hons.I)(USYD)MEdLead(SE) (Macq)


Biographical details

Amanda is an experienced high school English/TESOL teacher and has taught internationally in both China and Germany. She has held the role of Head Teacher, Year Advisor and Girls Advisor and is currently on maternity leave from her teaching position at a high school in Sydney's inner west.

Amanda returned to The University of Sydney mid-way through 2016 to begin her PHD under the supervision of Dr.Kelly Freebody and is exploring the impact of raised entry requirements into undergraduate teaching degrees on the status and quality of the teaching profession.

Teaching and supervision

Amanda has worked as a tutor and casual academic in the Faculty of Eduation at The University of Notre Dame Sydney, Southern Cross University Gold Coast Campus and The University of Sydney.

Thesis work

Thesis title: A multi-case study inquiry examining the impact of government policy to increase academic requirements for entrance into undergraduate teaching degrees

Supervisors: Kelly FREEBODY

Thesis abstract:

The purpose of this study is to critically explore the increased academic requirements now mandated for entrance into undergraduate teaching degrees at New South Wales (NSW) universities.

Current projects

Amanda currently works on a variety of projects as a Research Assistant for Dr. Kelly Freebody, Education Director within the Faculty of Education and Social Work.


Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

NSW Institute for Educational Research (IER)

Awards and honours

2017 - Raymond .L Debus Bequest Scholarship for Postgraduate study

2013 - George Cooney Education Scholarship recipient. DEC Scholarship for Postgraduate study at Macquarie University

2013 - First in course EDCN817 Sociology and Education (Masters of Educational Leadership, Macquarie University)

2011 - South West Sydney Award for Individual Excellence for Early Career Teaching recipient

2009 - Marion Macaulay Bequest recipient (University of Sydney scholarship for study at a foreign university)

Conference presentations:

Freeborn, A. (2017, November). What about me? The experience of being a junior campus teacher at a multi-campus college. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2017,Canberra, Australia.

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