Dr Rachel Wilson

DPhil(Oxon), MSc-Research Methods(Oxon), PGCE(Oxon), GradDip-Audiology(Melbourne), BSc(ANU), GradCert- Higher Education(Sydney)
Acting Program Director - MTeach Early ChildhoodSenior Lecturer - Research Methodology / Educational Assessment & Evaluation

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Rachel is currently acting Program Director for the Masters in Teaching - Early Childhood. She also coordinates and teaches research methodology and programme evaluation courses in the faculty, mostly to postgraduate masters and PhD students. Rachel teaches educational measurement and assessment in various units of study and has taught on educational psychology, human development, curriculum and evaluation, early childhood education and special education units.

Rachel has degrees in psychology, audiology, teaching, research methods and higher education and completed her doctoral study in 2002 in education and child development as a scholarship holder at Oxford University.

Rachel is passionate about research and enjoys teaching students who are keen make discoveries through research. With expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods she is particularly interested in encouraging students to pursue mixed-methods research (using both qualitative and quantitative approaches). Her research methods classes are informal and interactive, with a strong focus on examining and critiquing published research articles. Her statistics classes are friendly to 'math-phobics'.

Rachel's own research spans across educational sectors - from early childhood to higher education. The common element is a focus on student experiences and outcomes. She has worked on large longitudinal studies of children (including for her PhD). Her current interests include: the use of assessment to promote learning; and the application of research evidence and theory across educational sectors. Rachel is particularly motivated to research issues which impact upon equity and social justice.

Her interest in research methods is matched by her enthusiasm to see research produce meaningful and positive change in educational and social policy. She has experience in developing and providing in-service, professional learning, programs to effect school improvement. She also sits on various educational advisory committees.

Research interests

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • Higher education

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Developmental psychology

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Special education: teaching reading to all children. An examination of how teachers' measurement of their own knowledge required for teaching reading impacts on willingness and attitudes towards attending professional learning and students learning to read. (Associate supervisor) PhD Criss MOORE
Undergraduate students' transferability of mathematics PhD Yoshitaka NAKAKOJI
A survey of international volunteer teaching programmes with focus on practices in teacher preparation and support. MPhil Sung Wook YOON

Current projects

  • Assessment FOR Learning: this project involves the development of Professional Learning programs to promote formative assessment, effective feedback and effective use of assessment data in primary schools.
  • Higher Education Journeys: Includes two studies: A longitudinal quantitative study of student progress in attainment through university and a qualitative survey of university experiences of international students.
  • Teachers' use of data: two pilot projects are being undertaken in preparation for a national study of primary school teachers' use of NAPLAN data.
  • Emotional development in childhood and adolescence:This project includes an interdisciplinary review of research in emotional development and the co-authoring of a book
  • Teacher quality and professional standards- an analysis of educational backgrounds of students entering NSW initial teacher education degrees

Associations

  • Member of the NSW Board of Studies Consultative Committee

  • Member of the NSW Board of Studies HSC Technical Advisory Committee

  • Academic Partner, NSW DET Priority Schools Program

  • Member of the NSW Board of Studies Advisory Panel on Special Consideration

  • Expert Researcher DEST National Numeracy Review 2007/2008

  • Member of the NSW DET Advisory Panel on the Teaching and Learning Exchange (TaLE)

  • Reviewer for Health Education Research

  • Reviewer for Studies in Higher Education

  • Reviewer for Oxford University Press

Awards and honours

  • 2004 Families and Early Learning Research Fellow. Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford

  • ESRC Postgraduate Scholarship 1998-2002

  • Eunice Dehoit Turner Scholar, St. Hughs College, Oxford 1998-2001

Selected grants

2005

  • Social correlates of childrens gains in literacy and writing assessment; Wilson R; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Gunawardena, H., Wilson, R. (2012). International Students at University: Understanding the Student Experience. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Jang, H., Jung, K., Dalton, B., Wilson, R. (2010). Sex trafficking or shadow tourism The lives of foreign sex workers in Australia. Saarbrucken: LAP - LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
  • Wilson, R. (2009). The impact of glue ear on child development: Examining the developmental consequences of recurrent Otitis Media. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

Book Chapters

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2014). Physical education in sport-obsessed Australia: Implementing dimensions of public health and sustainable development. In M-K. Chin and C. R. Edginton (Eds.), Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice, (pp. 15-27). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing LLC.
  • Wilson, R. (2011). Research methodology for youth sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 265-285). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R. (2009). Improving quality in Australian child care: the role of the media and non-profit providers. In King, Debra; Meagher, Gabrielle (Eds.), Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits, Practices, (pp. 203-230). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Crook, S., Sharma, M., Wilson, R. (2014). An evaluation of the impact of 1:1 laptops on student attainment in senior high school sciences. International Journal of Science Education.
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R., Evans, J., Cochrane, S. (2014). Australian Indigenous youth's participation in sport and associated health outcomes: Empirical analysis and implications. Sport Management Review, In press. [More Information]
  • Wilson, R., Mack, J. (2014). Declines in high school mathematics and science participation: Evidence of students' and future teachers' disengagement with maths. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Nicholas, J., Poladian, L., Mack, J., Wilson, R. (2014). Mathematics preparation for university: entry, pathways and performance in first year science and mathematics subjects. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Nakakoji, Y., Wilson, R., Poladian, L. (2014). Mixed methods research on the nexus between mathematics and science. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Crook, S., Sharma, M., Wilson, R. (2014). TCKing the Box: TPACK with 1:1 Laptops in Physics and Biology Curricula. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Ferguson, J. (2014). The academic achievement of elite athletes at an Australian university: Debunking the dumb jock syndrome. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(2), 120-130. [More Information]
  • Le, H., Wilson, R. (2014). Vietnamese international students. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives.
  • Martin, A., Wilson, R., Liem, G., Ginns, P. (2013). Academic momentum at university/college: exploring the roles of prior learning, life experience, and ongoing performance in academic achievement across time. Journal of Higher Education, 84(5), 640-674. [More Information]
  • Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Wilson, R., Gokalp, M. (2013). Can a Syllabus Change Impact on Students' Perceptions of Science? Fragmented and Cohesive Conceptions of Physics. EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 9(1), 33-44. [More Information]
  • Sugahara, S., Wilson, R. (2013). Discourse Surrounding the International Education Standards for Professional Accountants (IES): A Content Analysis Approach. Accounting Education, 22(3), 213-232. [More Information]
  • Crook, S., Sharma, M., Wilson, R., Muller, D. (2013). Seeing eye-to-eye on ICT: Science student and teacher perceptions of laptop use across 14 Australian schools. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(1), 82-95.
  • Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Wilson, R., Gokalp, M. (2013). Student Approaches to Learning in Physics – Validity and Exploration Using Adapted SPQ. International Journal of Environmental & Science Education (IJESE), 8(2), 241-253. [More Information]
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Sharma, M. (2012). Approaches to Learning in First Year University Physics. Journal of Social Sciences, 8(2), 216-222. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2012). Australian Physical Education and School Sport: An Exploration into Contemporary Assessment. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 9(1), 37-52.
  • Bisen, A., Dalton, B., Wilson, R. (2012). The Social Construction of the Microfinance Industry: a comparison of donor and recipient perspectives. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4(2), 62-83.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Hu, X. (2011). Addressing the teaching and learning challenges of 'service courses': A case study of pedagogical reform and innovation. International Journal of Learning, 18(1), 233-244.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Hu, X. (2011). Meeting the challenges of electrical engineering service courses. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17(2), 91-100. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). Teacher Shortage and Newly Qualified Teachers in Australia: A Physical and Health Education Case Study. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 11(4), 393-400.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body? Australian University Sport in the 21st Century. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 3(4), 45-55.
  • Gunawardena, H., Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Bagnall, N. (2010). Homogeneity, permanent residency and racism: Experiences of Indian students at an Australian Sandstone University. International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 2(2), 164-177. [More Information]
  • Ishimine, K., Wilson, R., Evans, D. (2010). Quality of Australian childcare and children's social skills. International Journal of Early Years Education, 18(2), 159-175. [More Information]
  • Ishimine, K., Wilson, R. (2009). Centre-based child care quality in urban Australia. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 34(3), 19-29.
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R., Harvison, J. (2009). Job satisfaction and HR issues for nurses in non-profit, non-hospital settings. Employment Relations Record, 9(1), 1-18.
  • Bornholt, L., Wilson, R. (2007). A general mediated model of aspects of self-knowledge (M-ASK): children's participation in learning activities across social contexts. Applied Psychology-an International Review, 56(2), 302-318.
  • Wilson, R., Loble, L. (2006). From evidence to policy-the policy maker's perspective. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), RARE 6, 159-173.
  • O'Dea, J., Wilson, R. (2006). Socio-cognitive and nutritional factors associated with body mass index in children and adolescents:possibilities for childhood obesity prevention. Health Education Research, 21(6), 796-805.

Conferences

  • Nakakoji, Y., Wilson, R. (2014). Maths is a strong predictor of STEM attinment in first year university. 20th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) 2014, Sydney: UniServe Science, University of Sydney.
  • Nakakoji, Y., Wilson, R., Poladian, L. (2013). Participation & transfer of learning between tertiary mathematics, science, and engineering education. 19th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Wilson, R., Mack, J., Walsh, B. (2013). Stagnation, decline and gender disparity in participation in NSW HSC mathematics and science combinations. 19th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S. (2011). Revitalising Comparative Education through Mixed Method Methodology Research. 9th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), 2011, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). The Greek Youth Sport System in Australia. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Wilson, R., Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Georgakis, S. (2011). The relationship between school curriculum and university students' conceptions of their subject. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Wilson, R., Sutton, B., Georgakis, S. (2010). Student entry mode and first year attainment at an Australian university. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning 2010, Seville, Spain: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). Teacher shortage and Employment Opportunities for Newly Qualified Australian Physical and Health Education Teachers. III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
  • Gunawardena, H., Bagnall, N., Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2009). The Educational and Socio-Cultural Experience of Indian Students at an Australian Metropolitan University: Why Urgent Review Is Needed. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning TL 2009, Portugal: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Wilson, R. (2013). Make Maths mandatory and we'll improve our education rankings. The Conversation.

Other

  • Wilson, R. (2014), Is it time to mandate maths for senior secondary students?.
  • Wilson, R. (2007), Systematic Reviews.

2014

  • Crook, S., Sharma, M., Wilson, R. (2014). An evaluation of the impact of 1:1 laptops on student attainment in senior high school sciences. International Journal of Science Education.
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R., Evans, J., Cochrane, S. (2014). Australian Indigenous youth's participation in sport and associated health outcomes: Empirical analysis and implications. Sport Management Review, In press. [More Information]
  • Wilson, R., Mack, J. (2014). Declines in high school mathematics and science participation: Evidence of students' and future teachers' disengagement with maths. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Wilson, R. (2014), Is it time to mandate maths for senior secondary students?.
  • Nicholas, J., Poladian, L., Mack, J., Wilson, R. (2014). Mathematics preparation for university: entry, pathways and performance in first year science and mathematics subjects. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Nakakoji, Y., Wilson, R. (2014). Maths is a strong predictor of STEM attinment in first year university. 20th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) 2014, Sydney: UniServe Science, University of Sydney.
  • Nakakoji, Y., Wilson, R., Poladian, L. (2014). Mixed methods research on the nexus between mathematics and science. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2014). Physical education in sport-obsessed Australia: Implementing dimensions of public health and sustainable development. In M-K. Chin and C. R. Edginton (Eds.), Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice, (pp. 15-27). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing LLC.
  • Crook, S., Sharma, M., Wilson, R. (2014). TCKing the Box: TPACK with 1:1 Laptops in Physics and Biology Curricula. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Ferguson, J. (2014). The academic achievement of elite athletes at an Australian university: Debunking the dumb jock syndrome. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(2), 120-130. [More Information]
  • Le, H., Wilson, R. (2014). Vietnamese international students. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives.

2013

  • Martin, A., Wilson, R., Liem, G., Ginns, P. (2013). Academic momentum at university/college: exploring the roles of prior learning, life experience, and ongoing performance in academic achievement across time. Journal of Higher Education, 84(5), 640-674. [More Information]
  • Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Wilson, R., Gokalp, M. (2013). Can a Syllabus Change Impact on Students' Perceptions of Science? Fragmented and Cohesive Conceptions of Physics. EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 9(1), 33-44. [More Information]
  • Sugahara, S., Wilson, R. (2013). Discourse Surrounding the International Education Standards for Professional Accountants (IES): A Content Analysis Approach. Accounting Education, 22(3), 213-232. [More Information]
  • Wilson, R. (2013). Make Maths mandatory and we'll improve our education rankings. The Conversation.
  • Nakakoji, Y., Wilson, R., Poladian, L. (2013). Participation & transfer of learning between tertiary mathematics, science, and engineering education. 19th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Crook, S., Sharma, M., Wilson, R., Muller, D. (2013). Seeing eye-to-eye on ICT: Science student and teacher perceptions of laptop use across 14 Australian schools. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(1), 82-95.
  • Wilson, R., Mack, J., Walsh, B. (2013). Stagnation, decline and gender disparity in participation in NSW HSC mathematics and science combinations. 19th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Wilson, R., Gokalp, M. (2013). Student Approaches to Learning in Physics – Validity and Exploration Using Adapted SPQ. International Journal of Environmental & Science Education (IJESE), 8(2), 241-253. [More Information]

2012

  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Sharma, M. (2012). Approaches to Learning in First Year University Physics. Journal of Social Sciences, 8(2), 216-222. [More Information]
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2012). Australian Physical Education and School Sport: An Exploration into Contemporary Assessment. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 9(1), 37-52.
  • Gunawardena, H., Wilson, R. (2012). International Students at University: Understanding the Student Experience. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Bisen, A., Dalton, B., Wilson, R. (2012). The Social Construction of the Microfinance Industry: a comparison of donor and recipient perspectives. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4(2), 62-83.

2011

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R., Hu, X. (2011). Addressing the teaching and learning challenges of 'service courses': A case study of pedagogical reform and innovation. International Journal of Learning, 18(1), 233-244.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Hu, X. (2011). Meeting the challenges of electrical engineering service courses. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 17(2), 91-100. [More Information]
  • Wilson, R. (2011). Research methodology for youth sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 265-285). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Wilson, R., Georgakis, S. (2011). Revitalising Comparative Education through Mixed Method Methodology Research. 9th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), 2011, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). Teacher Shortage and Newly Qualified Teachers in Australia: A Physical and Health Education Case Study. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 11(4), 393-400.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2011). The Greek Youth Sport System in Australia. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Wilson, R., Sharma, M., Stewart, C., Georgakis, S. (2011). The relationship between school curriculum and university students' conceptions of their subject. 7th International Conference on Education (ICE 2011), Athens, Greece: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

2010

  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body? Australian University Sport in the 21st Century. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 3(4), 45-55.
  • Gunawardena, H., Wilson, R., Georgakis, S., Bagnall, N. (2010). Homogeneity, permanent residency and racism: Experiences of Indian students at an Australian Sandstone University. International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 2(2), 164-177. [More Information]
  • Ishimine, K., Wilson, R., Evans, D. (2010). Quality of Australian childcare and children's social skills. International Journal of Early Years Education, 18(2), 159-175. [More Information]
  • Jang, H., Jung, K., Dalton, B., Wilson, R. (2010). Sex trafficking or shadow tourism The lives of foreign sex workers in Australia. Saarbrucken: LAP - LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
  • Wilson, R., Sutton, B., Georgakis, S. (2010). Student entry mode and first year attainment at an Australian university. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning 2010, Seville, Spain: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2010). Teacher shortage and Employment Opportunities for Newly Qualified Australian Physical and Health Education Teachers. III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.

2009

  • Ishimine, K., Wilson, R. (2009). Centre-based child care quality in urban Australia. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 34(3), 19-29.
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R. (2009). Improving quality in Australian child care: the role of the media and non-profit providers. In King, Debra; Meagher, Gabrielle (Eds.), Paid Care in Australia: Politics, Profits, Practices, (pp. 203-230). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R., Harvison, J. (2009). Job satisfaction and HR issues for nurses in non-profit, non-hospital settings. Employment Relations Record, 9(1), 1-18.
  • Gunawardena, H., Bagnall, N., Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. (2009). The Educational and Socio-Cultural Experience of Indian Students at an Australian Metropolitan University: Why Urgent Review Is Needed. IASK International Conference Teaching and Learning TL 2009, Portugal: International Association for Scientific Knowledge.
  • Wilson, R. (2009). The impact of glue ear on child development: Examining the developmental consequences of recurrent Otitis Media. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

2007

  • Bornholt, L., Wilson, R. (2007). A general mediated model of aspects of self-knowledge (M-ASK): children's participation in learning activities across social contexts. Applied Psychology-an International Review, 56(2), 302-318.
  • Wilson, R. (2007), Systematic Reviews.

2006

  • Wilson, R., Loble, L. (2006). From evidence to policy-the policy maker's perspective. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), RARE 6, 159-173.
  • O'Dea, J., Wilson, R. (2006). Socio-cognitive and nutritional factors associated with body mass index in children and adolescents:possibilities for childhood obesity prevention. Health Education Research, 21(6), 796-805.

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