About Professor Ken Cruickshank

Dr. Ken Cruickshank is Associate Professor in TESOL in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Ken’s principal work concerns language and literacy in multilingual contexts. His first book Teenagers, Literacy and School (Routledge, 2006) drew on his doctoral study of literacy practices in Arabic-speaking families in Sydney and explored how young people’s languages and literacies were extended or excluded in school contexts.

Dr. Cruickshank has also focused on community/ heritage languages. He has been a long-term member of the NSW Community Languages Schools Board and developed and co-ordinates inservice training for parents and community members working in the schools. He is presently researching and developing an inservice program for community language school principals and executive. Community languages and community languages schools have also been a research focus, in his present ARC Linkage study and in publications (Teaching and Learning Chinese in Global Contexts 2011, Continuum – with Linda Tsung; Language and Identity Across Modes of Communication 2014, Mouton de Gruyter – with Novi Djenar and Ahmar Mahboob). Linked to this work has been research into teacher mobility and cultural/ linguistic diversity. One strand of this has been a focus on internationally-educated teachers and their inclusion or marginalization in Australia; the second has been the role of international experience in helping local teachers meet professional standards.

Research interests Keywords: minority education, teacher professional development, TESOL, community languag


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Selected publications

  • Wright, J., Cruickshank, K., Black, S. (2018). Languages discourses in Australian middle-class schools: Parent and student perspectives. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 39(1), 98-112. [More Information]
  • Black, S., Wright, J., Cruickshank, K. (2018). The struggle for legitimacy: language provision in two 'residual' comprehensive high schools in Australia. Critical Studies in Education, 59(3), 348-363. [More Information]
  • Cruickshank, K., Wright, J. (2016). A tale of two cities: What the dickens happened to languages in NSW? Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 39(1), 72-94. [More Information]
  • Rubino, A., Cruickshank, K. (2016). Exploring language choice and identity construction in 'in-between' sites: Ethnic media and community languages schools in Australia. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 39(3), 255-271. [More Information]