Jennifer Gore Abstract

TITLE: ‘Improving the quality of teaching: Evidence from diverse methodological perspectives’ 

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Jenny began her career in education as a secondary physical education teacher in South Australia and subsequently completed a Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, Canada (1983), and PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (1990). Having worked previously at the University of Queensland, she has been at the University of Newcastle since 1991, where she was Dean of Education and Head of the School of Education from 2008 to 2013, and is currently a Professor of Education and leader of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre.

Jenny’s educational and research interests have consistently centred on quality and equity, and have ranged across topics such as teacher socialisation, alternative pedagogy, power relations in teaching, reform in teacher education, pedagogical reform, and teacher development.

Since 1992 Jenny has won more than $5.1 million in external research funding, and has been involved in and/or managed several large research grants, including: ARC Large Grants on power relations in pedagogy (1992-1994) and educational governance and social inclusion and exclusion 1998-2000) (with Ladwig and Lingard); an Education Queensland grant (1998-2000) (with Ladwig, Luke, and Lingard); a DEST grant (2001-2002) on the preparation of teachers in literacy and numeracy education (with Louden et al); an ARC Linkage Grant (2004-2007) on the relationships between professional development, pedagogy, and achievement with the NSW DET (with Ladwig, Griffiths and Amosa); a Carrick Institute Grant (2007-2008) on improving assessment in higher education (with Amosa, Ladwig, Griffiths, and Parkes); an ARC Linkage Grant (2009-2012) on effective implementation of pedagogical reform (with Amosa and Bowe); an ARC Discovery Grant (2013-2015), a RCT of a school-based physical activity intervention in at-risk communities (with Lonsdale, Lubans, Peralta, Kolt and Maeder); and, an ARC Linkage Grant (2012-2015) on the educational and career aspirations of children in the middle years of schooling (with Southgate, Albright, Holmes, and Smith).

Jenny has sat on the Advisory Board for other government-funded studies, has assessed ARC grants, as well as research grant applications for key schemes in Portugal and the United States, and has reviewed more than 200 articles for a range of international journals.

Jenny’s role as a leading academic in teacher education led to her appointment in 2003 as Associate Editor for Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies (2003-2010), and she is currently on the Editorial Boards of the Australian Journal of Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Sport, Education and Society. Jenny has also held executive roles for the Australian Association for Research in Education (2001) and the Australian Council of Deans of Education (2000-2002). She was President of the NSW Teacher Education Council (2000-2002), the sole teacher educator on the NSW Teacher Education Review Taskforce (2001) and a member of the National Initial Teacher Education Advisory Committee (2012-2013).

Widely published and cited (more than 7,000 citations), Jenny’s major books are published with Routledge (New York and London), and most of her book chapters are in volumes that bring together leaders in the field with publishers such as Teachers College Press, Falmer, Macmillan, and Sense. Her journal publications are located in a range of journals, including the Journal of Teacher Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, International Studies in the Sociology of Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Teachers and Teaching and Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

Jenny’s research on Quality Teaching and professional learning has had significant impact, resulting in substantial consultancy across government, catholic and independent school systems, especially in NSW and the ACT. Her work in this area also led to a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, awarded in 2007 to Jenny and James Ladwig for sustained excellence and leadership in transforming teaching and learning in teacher education through the development of innovative conceptual frameworks and resources.

More recently, Jenny was invited to deliver the prestigious Radford Lecture at the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education in Melbourne in 2016, the highest honour within the association for distinguished academics. A video of the Lecture is available here.

Research Expertise
Specialist studies in education, Curriculum and pedagogy.

Professor Jenny Gore is currently leading the Teachers and Teaching Research Program, which represents a culmination of more than a decade of research, mostly undertaken in collaboration with key colleagues at the University of Newcastle, including Jim Albright, Julie Bowe, Kath Holmes, David Lubans, James Ladwig, Wendy Miller, Drew Miller, Nicole Mockler, Max Smith and Erica Southgate. She also works closely with research higher degree students on projects related to this research agenda. Collaborative research partnerships with external organisations have been central in building the program of work, especially with the NSW Department of Education, the ACT Education and Training Directorate, and various Catholic Education Offices.


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