About Professor Peter Freebody

Trying to produce new knowledge and theory that is useful to professional educators seems to me a valuable, challenging activity

Peter Freebody is Professorial Research Fellow whose research and teaching interests are literacy education, educational disadvantage, classroom interaction and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Peter Freebody is Professorial Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. His research and teaching interests are literacy education, educational disadvantage, classroom interaction and quantitative and qualitative research methods. He has served on numerous Australian state and national advisory groups in the area of literacy education, and is senior consultant on the national on-line curriculum initiative conducted by the Curriculum Corporation and advisor to the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy. Current projects include:
Disciplinarity and classroom practice: Epistemological issues in the analysis and improvement of teaching and learning. (ARC Discovery Scheme with Dr N Bahr, Dr A Wright, UQld)
Transforming the technologies and modalities of learning: The case of the New Life Sciences in secondary schooling. (ARC Discovery Scheme with Prof J. Hedberg, Dr W. van Rooy (Macquarie) and Dr K. Nichols, UQld).
A longitudinal evaluation of the le@rning federation’s online curriculum materials: A national study of uptake, innovation, and pedagogical change. (Curriculum Corporation with Prof P Reimann, U Sydney).

Potential research areas for PhDs topics; Most areas that relate to literacy education – reading and writing research, textual analysis of educational materials including policy documents, literacy-related interactions in formal and informal educational settings.   Qualitative and quantitative approaches to literacy education, classroom interaction, with a focus on ICT and/or educational disadvantage.