Centre for Educational Research
The Centre for Educational Research focuses on creating sustainable communities and equitable futures through world class research and research training structured around core themes of Globalisation, Sustainability and Equity. Educational curriculum and pedagogies are the linking theme throughout.
Globalisation and educational practice
Investigating the processes of Globalisation in the locale of Greater Western Sydney and beyond in order to inform and direct educational research and practice so that Australia can effectively respond to the effects of population mobility and rapid population change. Children, families and communities are key to this endeavour.
Globalisation thematic programs of research:
- Transnational knowledge exchange
- Children’s knowledge and impacts of rights, participation and globalisation
- Education and needs of immigrant and refugee children and communities
Investigating questions of Sustainability in the locale of Greater Western Sydney and beyond in order to shape educational research and practice towards achieving a sustainable future for Australia and the planet. Education for Sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development are key platforms in the global arena for achieving a sustainable future.
Sustainability thematic programs of research:
- Indigenous knowledges and sustainability
- Children, families and sustainability of local and global communities
- Teacher education and professional learning for sustainability
Equity in educational outcomes
Addressing issues of Equity is a central concern of the centre’s educational research and practice. Equity means ensuring that academic pathways always remains open whatever students’ range of histories, subjectivities, language backgrounds, or ethnicities. The way to do this is through researching relevant pedagogies that support the changing educational landscape of Greater Western Sydney.
Equity thematic programs of research:
- Teaching, learning and leadership for success in low SES schools, and success for vulnerable and indigenous children
- Gender, race, and classed subjectivities in education and work