Professor Peter Freebody

Peter Freebody

BA (1973), DipEd (1974), PhD Illinois
Researcher on Literacy

By the 1980s, research was a prominent feature of educational studies. Some graduates students undertook research overseas before returning to Australia. Peter Freebody is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

His initial studies were conducted at the University where he completed the Bachelor of Arts program with First Class Honours in Education. This was followed by a Diploma in Education at the then Sydney Teachers’ College, and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois.

Peter’s interests include literacy education, classroom interaction, educational disadvantage, and research methodology. He has written and edited books on these topics with Sage, Routledge, and Falmer Presses in London, Blackwells in Oxford, Hampton and University of Pittsburgh in the US, Allen & Unwin, Languages Australia and ACER in Australia, and Springer Scientific in Heidelberg.

He has published articles in such journals as the Harvard Educational Review, the American Educational Research Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Language and Education, and Pedagogies. He has been an invited contributor to numerous international encyclopedias and handbooks. His current research projects focus on studies of knowledge construction in the interactions that occur in senior secondary classrooms.

Peter has also been an advisor to state and national educational bodies in Australia on literacy education, English education and curriculum design, and on the use of research to inform practice and policy in these areas. He is currently a member of the Reference Group of the Australian Digital Research Network, a member of the Literacy and Numeracy Advisory Board, New South Wales Department of Education and Training, and the Commonwealth Government nominee on the Literacy and Numeracy Expert Group, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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