SIG Events

AARE supports the SIGs in delivering various events throughout the year. 



AARE Cultural Historical & Activity Theories Summer School Warrnambool and online - Monday 17th to Friday 21st of January 2022


The AARE CHAT SIG will have our Asia-Pacific Sociocultural, Cultural-historical & Activity Theory Summer School, from Monday 17th to Friday 21st January 2022. The Summer School will be held physically at the Warrnambool campus of Deakin University, an idyllic rural setting on the banks of the Hopkins River, and a pleasant train journey from Melbourne. There will be mixed modes, both face to face and virtual participation available. In case of lockdown, the summer school will still go ahead and will be completely online. This innovative hybrid event will bring together researchers from across Australia and internationally. The Summer School is supported by the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

The Summer School is an opportunity for research students and researchers using cultural-historical, sociocultural, and activity theories facilitated by senior researchers in the fields to spend time delving into theory over five days. We welcome your ideas, help and participation as we begin to plan this wonderful time of immersion in Cultural Historical & Activity Theory and community. There will be opportunities to collaborate on research proposals, publishing and scholarship. It is anticipated that this year we will have a session dedicated to research from Brazil with simultaneous translation.

We will bring together scholars with an emphasis on building deeper understandings of theory, relationships between researchers and advancing the research of doctoral students and early career researchers. We plan a variety of sessions:

a) Sets of two-hour presentations/workshops developing theory over a series of presentations, workshops, readings and exercises - open

b) Two-hour intensives on a particular topic – open

c) One-hour scholar presentation from the field on how theory is being applied to current problems across the globe

d) Small group discussions/deep reading sessions where we will assemble (on the basis of what you write in your registration) doctoral and early career researchers who have a shared problem or interest with experienced researchers - by invitation.

e) One-to-one consultations will be held on Thursday and Friday between doctoral and early career researchers and experienced researchers both face to face and online- by invitation.

Sessions will run between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) and a program with links will be sent out to all registrants.

It is anticipated, based on the success of summer schools over the last three years, that participants will have the opportunity to significantly advance their research through a time of intense thinking, listening, reading and writing in collaboration with other researchers and mediated by senior researchers of cultural-historical, socio-cultural, and activity theories.


AARE STEM SIG - Online citizen science: Multiple opportunities for learning Monday 12 July 2021, 4.00pm (AEST)

Online citizen science projects use the Internet to bring together professional researchers and volunteers for mutual benefit. From an educational perspective, they offer rich opportunities to engage students in authentic research projects, with multiple learning benefits.

Please join our colleagues from New Zealand as they share some of their experiences from a multi-year project in which primary and secondary teachers have been embedding online citizen science projects into their teaching and learning programmes. Specifically, they will  focus on the ways in which online citizen science projects can be used to support students to gather data, interpret representations, and critique evidence – capabilities that are important for STEM.


Dr. Cathy Buntting is Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, and co-director of the 3-year project ‘On2Science: Multiple affordances of online citizen science’ funded by the New Zealand Government’s Teaching and Learning Research Initiative.

Melissa Coton is Senior Syndicate Team Leader at Boulcott Primary School, Wellington, New Zealand, and a graduate of the New Zealand Government’s Science Teaching and Leadership Programme.


AARE Global Contexts for Education SIG - Education, Conflict and Language Rights in Myanmar; the Disputed Local and the Contested Global Monday 21 June 2021, 4:30-5:30pm (AEST)

Online event for the Global Contexts for Education SIG about the situation in Myanmar.

Presenters: Professor Joe Lo Bianco and Professor Fazal Rizvi  

We look forward to an interesting discussion which will include a multilevel analysis of the situation, raise issues of citizenship and explore new possibilities for cooperation.   

This is an online event via Zoom.  Please register below.


AARE Teachers Work & Lives Online Symposium - Workload and Wellbeing: Research, policy, and experiential narratives Tuesday, 25 May 2021 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (AEST) Via Zoom



Join AARE’s Teachers’ Work and Lives SIG for an online symposium on teacher workload and wellbeing. 

Workload and Wellbeing: Research, policy, and experiential narratives aims to foster scholarly dialogue, between researchers, policy-makers, and teachers, and that will continue to contribute to knowledge and understandings of workload and wellbeing issues specifically in the context of Australia’s school teacher workforce. 

Our Workload and Wellbeing: Research, policy, and experiential narratives online symposium includes:

  • Dr Amanda Heffernan, award winning author of The Principal and School Improvement: Theorising Discourse, Policy, and Practice, and co-author of Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching in Australia. Amanda is serving as the Conference Co-Chair for the AARE in 2019-2021.
  • Emeritus Professor Hon. Dr Geoff Gallop A.C., lead author of Valuing the teaching profession: An independent inquiry, and Premier of Western Australia in 2001-2006.
  • Chantel Nunn, a beginning teacher in South Australia, experiencing the complexities of teachers workload and wellbeing, and precarious employment.
  • Brendan Crotty, recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy Business School and Deputy General Secretary of the Queensland Teachers’ Union, connecting teachers’ experiences with research-informed policy making.

The symposium will be hosted by Rafaan Daliri-Ngametua, a Teachers’ Work and Lives SIG member and PhD candidate based at University of Queensland.  


AARE History & Education SIG (Webinar) - Multiple pasts and conflicted presents: History in conversation 12 May 2021, 11.00am AEST via Zoom


AARE History and Education SIG Webinar co-hosted with the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin 

This new and exciting series invites history educators, historians, writers and digital history makers across the globe to have a conversation about the role of history today, in schools, universities, broader communities and personal lives. In times of sudden change the role of history is ever changing so each episode will consider history in contemporary and conflicted presents raising key questions from multiple perspectives.

EPISODE 1 | Wednesday 12th May

Youth, identity, and history education: A perspective from Canada

Introducing Dr. Samantha Cutrara and her new book ‘Transforming the Canadian History Classroom: Imagining a new we’ in conversation with Dr. Kerri Anne Garrard & Dr. Yeow-Tong Chia (Sydney University).


History and Education SIG: WRITING FOR THE FUTURE APRIL 21, 1.30pm AEST via Zoom


WRITING FOR THE FUTURE: Working towards good preparation and publication strategies with edited books, special journal issues and monographs.

Tim Allender is Professor and Chair of History and Curriculum in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. He is the winner of the History of Education Society(UK), Anne Bloomfield book prize for best book, history of education, 2014-17 for his book Learning Femininity in Colonial India, 1820-1932 (Manchester: MUP, 2016). Additionally, Tim has published on a broad range of education and history topics: most recently on History Didactics, a History of Women’s Education, Visual Imageries in History, and he is currently working on a monograph about the religious educational history of colonial and independent India.


Teacher Education and Research Innovation (TERI) SIG Mentoring Program


The Teacher Education and Research Innovation (TERI) Special Interest Group invites Expressions of Interest for its upcoming Mentoring Program (April - June 2021). The program aims to support Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate Research Students (Mentees) by connecting them with established Mid-Career and Senior Researchers (Mentors) for focused research/career conversations.

While the scope of mentoring activities will be determined by those involved, they may include discussions on grant applications, writing for journals, time management, career trajectory, and tertiary teaching.  

Participation in the program ideally sees mentors and mentees meeting 3 - 4 times between April - June, in-person or online. 

The TERI SIG Mentoring Program will have benefits for all participants. For mentors, the program provides opportunities to provide community service, to connect with promising early careers researchers, and to develop or enhance your leadership skills. For mentees, the expert research and career knowledge of your mentor will see you receive specialised support for meeting your learning/research needs.

For those interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please complete the form below to register your interest:

Please ensure that you have registered your interest by Friday 26 March. For those accepted into the 2021 Mentoring Program, there will be a Zoom meeting on Thursday 22 April from 1 - 2pm AEST (this meeting will be recorded and the recording will be made available to those who cannot attend).


Language and Literacy SIG (Research Hive) : Connection, collegiality and communicating research


The Language and Literacy Special Interest Group Invite you to a:

Research Hive April 28 2021, 4.30-5.30 via Zoom

Following the Research Round Table on 31 March, kindly presented by Dr Jacqueline D’warte Western Sydney University, Professor Liz Pellicano Macquarie University and Dr Yvette Slaughter University of Melbourne, we would like to invite you to attend a Research Hive to share responses to selected aspects of their presentations. 

Five respondents, including Professor John Hajek*, will present Research Spotlightresponses to an aspect of the presentations as the starting point for open discussion. PhD candidates are very warmly welcome to participate as the focus of the Research Hive is on developing connections between researchers, and especially welcoming early career researchers.

*Professor John Hajek is Professor of Italian and Director of the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-cultural Communication (RUMACCC) in the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne. He is also founding president of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU).


Language and Literacy SIG (Research round table) : Connection, collegiality and communicating research


The Language and Literacy Special Interest Group invite you to a:

Research Round table 31 March 2021, 4.30-5.30 by Zoom

In this round table the three speakers will focus on participatory research methods that afford agency to participants in the research process especially those from educational settings and community groups.

Dr Yvette Slaughter University of Melbourne

Yvette Slaughter is a Research Fellow in the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross- Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) in the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne. Her research interests include language policy, language education (policy and implementation), bilingual education and sociolinguistics.

Professor Liz Pellicano Macquarie University

Liz Pellicano is Professor in the Macquarie School of Education and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, having been Professor Autism Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at University College London. She is a developmental and educational psychologist committed to transforming autism science so that it more accurately reflects everyday autistic life. To that end, she actively involves autistic people and their allies as partners in the research, working together to shape the research agenda and the research process itself.

Dr Jacqueline D’warte Western Sydney University

Jacqueline D'warte is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western. Jacqueline’s most recent research involves students in primary and high school in being ethnographers of their own language and literacy practices. This research builds on the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists in 21st century and her recent research investigates the linguistic and cultural ‘funds of knowledge' of Pre-Service Teachers.



Troubling sites: Decolonizing HPE?

Troubling sites: Decolonizing HPE?

AARE HPE SIG Special two day symposium

November 26:

Session 1. 10.00 am to 11.30 am AEST and 11.00 am to 12.30 pm AEDT

Panel: Dr Melitta Hogarth, Professor Tracey Bunda, Dr lisahunter, Dr Alison Wrench, final panellist TBC

Session 2.  12.00 pm to 1.30 pm AEST and 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm AEDT

Panel: Professor John Evans, Dr Jennifer Campbell, Dr Rosie Welch, Dr Sue Whatman.

December 4:

Superclass yarning workshop, 9.00 am to 11 am AEST and 10.00 am to 12.00 noon AEDT

Presenter: Ms Lee Sheppard 

Pitches, Discussion and Discussant (TBC) feedback and close, 12 noon to 2.00 pm AEST and 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm AEDT

Australia’s First Nations People have embodied strength, knowledge, tenacity and generosity in the colonial-settler dominated society that frames our whitewashed education systems and research. Whether in paying attention to big ideas, such as Truth and the colonizing history in Australia, Treaty, Sovereignty, or Reconciliation, policies such as Closing the Gap, the Uluru Statement, professional standards such as AITSL’s 1.4 & 2.4 and there are many debates as to how researchers might unite for better outcomes for all and as equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. In this Special Interest Group (SIG) symposium we ask how might researchers decolonise what is a whitewashed field. Whether we focus on health education, bodies, movement, Health & Physical Education curriculum area, HPE teacher education, sport, outdoor education, wellbeing and associated areas, how might we decolonize our work? In this four-part series, join us in discussion, debate, learning, practice and reflection to meet such a challenge, with attention to Australia’s First Nations People. We hope this first set of activities will springboard more broadly to Indigenous-focussed activities in the SIG.

PROGRAM: The first day (Thu 26 Nov) is made up of two panels followed by a Q&A session, one talking about research in teacher education, the other in research methodology of and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The panel will talk about research in Health Education, Health & Physical Education, Bodies, Sport For Development, Coaching and related topics. 

On the second day (Fri 4 Dec), we will run two sessions. The first is with Lee Sheppard, who will talk to and facilitate an Indigenous methodology, incorporating discussion of research stories of failure and learning at the cultural interface. Participants will be workshopped to come up with ethical research projects they might pitch; projects with Indigenous academics and people. In the afternoon session, participants will pitch their projects to an invited panel/discussant and co-participants. The session will finish with a Discussant and Critical Friend giving feedback on the day’s activities. 


AARE Educational Leadership SIG: Neil Cranston Lecture Thursday 3rd December, 2020. 4.30pm AEDT (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS)


The Educational Leadership SIG are hosting the Neil Cranston Lecture, delivered by Professor Jill Blackmore on Thursday 3rd December, 2020.

4.30pm AEDT (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS), 3.30pm AEST (QLD), 3.00pm ACST (SA, NT), 1.30pm AWST (WA). We also welcome our international colleagues. Please convert from AEDT. All welcome!


Educational leadership in a pandemic crisis
It is significant that this Neil Cranston address for the Leadership SIG series is one focusing on leadership in the context of a pandemic crisis. Political, scientific, Indigenous and educational leadership has been foregrounded with Covid-19. Even though policy reversals have been swift and interventionist promising something different, what lessons have been learnt about the relationship between the state, universities and scientific expertise and leadership? Drawing from my future book Disrupting Leadership in the Entrepeneurial university, I discuss how competing managerial, techno-bureaucratic and collegial logics of practice, techno-bureaucratic have informed leadership practices and how Covid has foregrounded intellectual-scientific leadership. What does the pandemic restructuring of the sector hold for post-pandemic university futures and educational research?
Dr Jill Blackmore AM FASSA is Alfred Deakin Professor in Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australia. Her research interests include, from a feminist perspective, globalization, education policy and governance; international and intercultural education; educational restructuring, leadership and organisational change; spatial redesign and innovative pedagogies; teachers' and academics’ work. Recent publications include Blackmore, J. The carelessness of entrepreneurial universities in a world risk society: a feminist reflection on the impact of Covid-19 in Australia, Higher Education Research and Development Special Issue.

The future of STEM Education in a COVID-19 tolerating future. Wednesday 18 November, 6.30pm AEST, 7.30pm AEDT and Wednesday 2 December, 10 am AEST, 11 am AEDT

In each seminar, two leaders (one Australian and one international) in STEM/Science Education research will present their perspectives of what STEM/Science Education that supports equitable learning opportunities and outcomes should look like as we move into a COVID19-tolerating future. Please note that one seminar will be held in the evening and one in the morning to accommodate the time zones of our international presenters. We encourage you to share with your networks as the seminars are open to all (not only AARE members).

Seminar 1 Presenters

Professor Louise Archer (University College London, UK)

Dr Kathy Paige (University of South Australia) 

Video (Members)

Seminar 2 Presenter

Presenters: Professor Angie Calabrese Barton (University of Michigan, USA) 

Dr Lyn Carter (ACU, Australia) 

Video (Members)


'Teacher education: Beyond COVID-19' Symposium

AARE Teacher Education & Research Innovation SIG 2020 Symposium ‘Teacher Education: Beyond COVID-19’. Please mark the date in your diary or pass this information onto colleagues and HDR students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented both challenges and opportunities for teacher education and the symposium aims to bring together teacher educators and teacher education researchers to consider ‘what’s next’ for teacher education research and practice in a post-pandemic world.

The symposium will feature keynote presentations from Professor Viv Ellis and Professor Yong Zhao, who will speak about innovation in education and teacher education ‘beyond COVID-19’.

In addition, AARE members are invited to participate in the symposium by presenting a 15-minute presentation (10 minutes for speaking, 5 minutes for questions) on a topic related to the symposium theme. We invite you to share examples of your research and practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and/or your wonderings about the post-pandemic future for teacher education.

To submit a short abstract (200 words) for presentation at the symposium, please complete the attached form by Tuesday 3rd Nov 2020:

Register to attend the event using the link below. 


Rural Education SIG: Building Collaborations and Partnerships We have created an exciting series of online sessions called Rural Education Research - Building Collaborations and Partnerships.   

Seminar 1

Ruraling Education Research - establishing and expanding the field

When: Tuesday 20 October, 7.00pm-8:30pm AEDT


Philip Roberts & Melyssa Fuqua (editors)

  • Natalie Downes
  • Jayne Downey
  • Sue Kilpatrick
  • Karen Eppley & Annie Maselli
  • Michael Thier

To register for seminar 1

Seminar 2

Intersections of Rural and Remote Education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

When: Wednesday 28 October, 3:30-5.00pm AEDT


  • John Guenther
  • Jillian Marsh
  • Sandra Wooltorton

To register for seminar 2

Seminar 3

Developing international collaborations

When: Tuesday 10 November, 8.00am-9:30am AEDT


  • Amy Azano
  • Jayne Downey
  • Elisabet Ohrn
  • Brian O’Neil (SPERA)
  • Dianne Gereluk

To register for seminar 3

Seminar 4

Reflections on the state of the rural education field and provocations

When: Tuesday 24 November, 7.00pm-8:30pm AEDT


  • Jo-Anne Reid
  • Hernan Cuervo
  • Simone White

To register for seminar 4

Additional Dates for this Event AEST

  • Wed, Oct. 28, 2020 14:30:00 — 16:00:00
  • Tue, Nov. 10, 2020 07:00:00 — 08:30:00
  • Tue, Nov. 24, 2020 18:00:00 — 19:30:00


Inclusivity: Support and Partnership for the post pandemic future Children and Student Voice Conference 2020


Conference overview and aim

As economies and schools emerge from the pandemic, it is time to take an opportunity to examine how schools effectively support the needs of students by including their voices in the reshaping and rebuilding activities that are taking place.  Building on our commitment to empower children and student voice, agency and participation, some questions we ask are:

  1. How can student voice become more inclusive? 
  2. What were school-system priorities in the age of coronavirus?
  3. How have schools addressed the increase in highly specialised support services required such as mental health? 
  4. How was the new classroom digital interface co-designed with children and students as partners? 
  5. How do school systems ensure the needs of the most vulnerable voices are (and will be) met? 

Although these questions were as pertinent pre- and during pandemic, coronavirus has brought the matters of inclusivity even more to the forefront.  As such, three key areas we will be exploring at this conference are:

  • Inclusive student voices
  • Student voice and support services
  • Student voice and co-design/partnerships during and post-pandemic


Educational Leadership SIG: Leading and Managing Special Issue Symposium

Featuring a panel of authors and discussion of educational leadership research in Australia. 

Speakers include: Dorothy Andrews, Joan Conway, Christine Edwards Grove, Fiona Longmuir, Helen Stokes, David Gurr, Pauline Thompson and Scott Eacott. 




AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG: Missing Conferences

This 2 hour online symposium is being convened by the AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG co-convenors. The first question that we consider is whether conferences have gone missing at all. Is it possible that the routine work of face-to-face conferences has been distributed across new platforms for gathering academics and disseminating knowledge? What affordances do these new forms of gathering promise? What are their limits? The second question we consider is this: conferences may be missing, but are we missing conferences? How do we feel as we erase plans from the calendar, cancel tickets and ask for refunds? When conferences go missing do we miss our geographically distant friends and colleagues? And when face-to-face conferences are missing what else are scholars missing out on? The absence of conferences is an important opportunity to ask what they do for advancing ideas, fields of knowledge and scholars. It is also a period to ask questions about who is frequently ‘missing’ from conferences and to attend to the experiences of those who rely on the meeting and events industry to make a living.    


Our speakers for this symposium include:

Judith Mair - Conferences: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

Agnes Bosanquet and Catherine Manathunga – Missing Conference Embodiment

Tai Peseta and Catherine Manathunga – Missing Conference Keynotes

Omolabake Fakunle – The Impact of Doctoral Students Missing Conferences

Emily Henderson – Always Already Missing Conferences


Hosts: The AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG.

When: Tue, 15 September 2020, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM AEST

Where: Zoom (link to follow upon registration)

Register: In advance for this symposium

*Please note: This event will be recorded*  

Sociology of Education SIG: Supporting HDR students and ECRs in their publications

The Sociology of Education SIG will host a 90-minute Writing Workshop on Friday, October, 2nd 2020 aimed at supporting HDR students and ECRs with their publications. 

This workshop is designed to assist with improving the writing skills required for both thesis writing and publication.  We will share best practices around academic writing, editing, revising and resubmitting journal articles as well as finding the most suitable journal in the field of sociology of education.  It is expected the author should be working on a sole-authored publication during the workshop.  The workshop will then be followed by some personalized feedback from each one of the four Sociology of Education SIG coordinators.  Furthermore, the participants will have the opportunity to work with a professional proofreader before submitting to the journal of their choice. 

Who: HDR student or ECR members of the AARE Sociology of Education SIG

What: 90-minute Writing Workshop followed by personalized feedback and support from a professional proofreader

Where/When: Zoom, Workshop on Friday, October, 2nd 2020, time TBD.

How to apply: HDR students or ECR's should submit one paragraph (maximum 250 words) by September 15th detailing their topic of interest, university and stage in the PhD or career, publishing experience to date and how they think the workshop will be useful to them.

Please submit using this form


Schools and Education Systems SIG event - Engaging with research in schools

You are invited to attend a one-hour online interactive presentation on Engaging with research in schools, hosted by AARE’s Schools and Education Systems Special Interest Group.

 Date: Thursday 10 September 2020

Time: 12 pm to 1 pm AEST

Online access: Via Zoom, Please register for login details. 

At this special event, hear three experts outline how to engage with research in schools. Ms Shani Prendergast of Catholic Education Melbourne will present on Schools participating in research. Associate Professor Mark Rickinson of Monash University will present on Schools using research. Professor Peter Twining from the University of Newcastle will present on Schools/teachers doing research.
Each topic will address what it looks like when it is done well, the barriers and enablers, and any risks or caveats to this approach to research engagement in schools. The discussion will conclude with a short question and answer session.

More information about this event

Please register by Wednesday, 9 September 2020.


Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics SIG: The future of STEM Education in a COVID - 19 tolerating Australia

Two events with the overarching theme of The future of STEM Education in a COVID-19 tolerating Australia are being planned for 2020-2021.
The first event will comprise two online seminars each of one hour’s duration. In each seminar, two leaders (one Australian and one international) in STEM Education research will present their perspectives of what STEM Education should look like that supports equitable learning opportunities and outcomes as we move into a COVID19-tolerating future. The second event is a workshop (face to face and online) on participatory research strategies in STEM Education.

The next STEM SIG newsletter will include more details. If you have contributions for the newsletter including for  Research Corner where we invite members to share information about their current research or pitch your good idea for a project or looking for collaborators to work with on a project locally, nationally or globally please email Ann Osman,