Higher-degree research being undertaken by Angela Rose




Professor Anthony Welch and Associate Professor Tim Allender

Thesis title:

“They've got a face and an actual backstory and an experience.” Exploring secondary teachers' beliefs towards refugee students.



Project description

This project is an epistemological study exploring the beliefs of secondary school teachers towards refugee students. Foucauldian discourse analysis of education policy and semi-structured interviews with classroom teachers and school executives will seek to uncover language and practice which shape and reshape teacher knowledge towards this student group. As a result, it is envisaged that the results of this project will be useful in pre-service and continued teacher training, policy creation, and refugee student education.

Angela Rose is a PhD candidate and former secondary school teacher. Alongside her research, she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Angela recently received the 2017 AARE Postgraduate Student Researcher Award for her conference paper, Refugee students, teacher agency and neoliberalism in Australian education.


  • Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship, 2015-2018
  • Australian Association for Research in Education Postgraduate Student Researcher Award, 2017
  • Dean's Citation for Excellence in Tutorials Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 2017
  • AARE Alison Lee ‘Theory in Educational Research’ Scholarship, 2017
  • NSW Institute for Educational Research Student Research Grant, 2016
  • Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Winner, Australia, 2015

Conference presentation

  • Rose, A. (2017). Refugee students, teacher agency and neoliberalism in Australian education. Paper presented at the AARE Conference 2017, Canberra, Australia. 26-30 November 2017.