Interviews in celebration of a centenary of education

A series of four interviews with significant figures associated with the Sydney School of Education & Social Work in celebration of 100 years of Education.


Interview with Dr Bill Andersen AM

In celebration of the centenary of the Sydney School of Education, Professor Geoff Sherington interviews Dr Bill Andersen AM about the history of the school and his experiences.

Dr Bill Andersen AM
BA MA DipEd MEd Sydney

Dr Andersen was awarded the AM in 2010 for service to religious education through a range of academic and professional roles and to the Scripture Union movement. Originally from Concord, he attended Fort Street High School and he began his career in secondary school teaching, he then joined the staff of the Sydney Teacher's College and later Balmain Teacher's College. He lectured for 3 years in psychology at University of NSW, then for 26 years in Philosophy of Education at Sydney University. Bill was also a part-time lecturer at Moore College for 30 years, up until 1999.

Professor Geoff Sherington
BA (Hons) DipEd Sydney PhD Illinois

Former Dean of the Faculty of Education (1997-2003) and then Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (2003), Sherrington graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from the University of Sydney and then a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales, before studying in Canada and England, graduating from McMaster University with a PhD. On his return to Australia he was appointed a Lecturer in Education at the University of Wollongong before taking up an appointment at the University of Sydney. After a career as lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor he was appointed to a personal chair in the history of education in 1997 just prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty. Over the past 30 years he has been the author and co-author of 15 books and numerous articles in the history of education. He has been the recipient of a number of competitive research grants. His current interests include the fate of the comprehensive public high school and the history of universities as public institutions.


Interview with Dr David Dufty AM

In celebration of the centenary of the Faculty of Education, Dr David Smith interviews Dr David Dufty AM about the history of the faculty and his experiences.

Dr David Dufty AM
PhD Macq

After undergraduate study at the University of Sydney in History and Government was appointed as lecturer in Economics, History and Social Studies Methodology Armidale Teachers College. Doctoral work followed at Stanford University in Social Studies Education and Asian History. Appointed to Wagga Wagga Teachers College and to the Asian Social Studies Syllabus Committee of the NSW Board of Secondary Education in 1965. Appointed to Education Department, University of Sydney as Senior Lecturer in 1969. Foundation grant. Extensive travel in Asia as part of this work. Founding member of the Social Education Association of Australia. President and the editor of two national statements on Social Education in Australia. Appointed chair of the Society and Culture Syllabus Committee after long battle to establish such a course. Course proved to be a highly successful and valuable one to senior students in NSW public schools. Retired from full time teaching and research in 1989.

Dr David Smith

After teaching in primary and secondary schools for 10 years in rural NSW and metropolitan Sydney, Smith spent the next 32 years in teacher education, first at Macquarie and then at the University of Sydney. As a former Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education he held various positions including Associate Dean, Research, Teaching & Learning and Postgraduate Studies. He was also Co-ordinator of the Master of Teaching degree and the undergraduate honours program. As adjunct Associate Professor he continues to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate programs.


Interview with Margaret Killin

In celebration of the centenary of the Faculty of Education, Dr Susan Groundwater-Smith interviews Margaret Killin about the history of the faculty and her experiences.

Ms Margaret Killin
MEd Sydney

Margaret Killin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas before arriving in Australia in 1963. She was with the Faculty in its various forms from 1964 until her retirement in 1993. She was instrumental in the development of the Human Movement and Health Education course.

Dr Susan Groundwater-Smith

PhD Sydney

As Convenor of the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools whose purpose is to engage in ongoing, systematic practitioner inquiry, Dr Groundwater-Smith has supported a large number of schools as an academic partner introducing them to innovative methods of inquiry with a particular emphasis on student voice and the use of images in capturing young people's perspectives on their learning experiences. Groundwater-Smith collaborates with the Audience Research Unit at the Australian Museum assisting in consultation with students and teachers regarding actual and planned exhibitions. She works with a range of universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. She is currently an Honorary Professor in the Division of Professional Learning at the University of Sydney.


Interview with Dr Ray Debus

In celebration of the centenary of the Faculty of Education, Professor Peter Freebody interviews Dr Ray Debus about the history of the faculty and his experiences.

Dr Ray Debus

Debus taught and researched in the area of educational psychology at the University of Sydney from 1958 to 1996 where, since his retirement, he has been an Honorary Associate in the School of Development and Learning. His earlier research and publications centred on children's observational learning of cognitive strategies and attributional processes in student learning. His major continuing research and scholarly interests lie in areas of motivation in education, the operation of self-processes and contextual influences in learning and self-regulation, and teacher-student interaction from the perspective of social-cognitive theory.

Professor Peter Freebody

BA DipEd Sydney PhD Illinois

A University Professorial Research Fellow based in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Freebody studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and for his doctorate at the University of Illinois. He has worked at The University of New England, Griffith University, and The University of Queensland. Freebody helped to establish the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and has served on various Australian state and national advisory groups in the area of literacy education. He was Academic Advisor to the Queensland Minister of Education and the Arts as well as senior consultant to the development of the National English Curriculum and to the Curriculum Corporation's national on-line curriculum program (The Le@rning Federation). His is currently Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.