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AARE welcomes new Associate Editors of AER.

Please welcome our new Associate Editors, appointed in a competitive process that attracted a large field of outstanding candidates, to the editorial team of The Australian Educational Researcher:

- Dr Radhika Gorur (Deakin University)
- Dr Stewart Riddle (University of Southern Queensland)
- Dr Ian Hardy (University of Queensland)
- Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak (Murdoch University)
- Dr Garth Stahl (University of South Australia)

The new Associate Editors will move into their roles over the next couple of months, and have been appointed until December 2018. They will work closely with our newly appointed Editorial Assistant, Ms Meghan Stacey (University of Sydney). Please join with AARE in congratulating our new team members!

2017 Australia Day Honours

AARE would like to congratulate AARE Honorary Life Member, Professor Jill Blackmore, on being awarded a medal of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List. We also congratulate previous member Chris Deer and all the other people honoured on Australia Day for their outstanding work in educational research.

AARE Oral History Project

The Australian Association for Research in Education is seeking to record accounts of its history from the perspectives of members who have built and shaped the Association. For more information

ARC Critical feedback request

Australian Research Council Consultation on Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence The Australian Research Council has called for critical feedback about the operation of Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) including what is working well and where improvements could be made. Closes on (Friday, 21 April)

When is a partnership truly a partnership? - REN Webinar

The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) hosted a webinar on research partnerships, presented by the Research in Education Network (REN).  To view this webinar.

Call for Proposals: Local/Global Issues in Education

The Series Editors of the AARE-Routledge book series Local/Global Issues in Education (Peter Renshaw, Nicole Mockler and Greg Thompson) warmly invite proposals for edited research books and monographs.

One or two books will be selected for publication within the series on an annual basis. Proposals for books to be published in 2018 should be submitted via email to the Series Editors by Monday the 27th of February, 2017 at

For further information about the scope and aims of the series, and to download the proposal requirements and instructions for submission, please click here.  

All inquiries can be directed to the Series Editors at

2917 The five papers nominated for the AER/Springer Best Paper Award

Heffernan: The Emperor’s Perfect Map: leadership by numbers

Gore, Barron, Holmes & Smith:  Who says we are not attracting the best and brightest? Teacher selection and the aspirations of Australian school students

Taylor, Wright & Flynn: HPE teachers’ negotiation of environmental health spaces: discursive positions, embodiment and materialism

Rudolph: The logic of history in ‘gap’ discourse and related research

Lingard: Think Tanks, ‘policy experts’ and ‘ideas for’ education policy making in Australia

2017 Honorary Life Members

AARE congratulates the Honorary Life Members awarded at the AARE Conference 2016. To read the individual's responses to receiving these awards please see the links.

Marie Brennan

Noel Gough

Lyn Yates

Obituary - Professor Tony Vinson

VINSON Professor Tony AM Aged 81 of Woollahra Passed away in Woollahra on 17th February, 2017.

He was a leading social justice campaigner for prison and educational reform. His 2001 Report Dropping off the Edge mapped the distribution of disadvantage in Australia. His extensive inquiry into the provision of public education, published as the Vinson Report in 2002, provided the information necessary for parents, teachers and community members to challenge governments about public education.

Beloved husband of Diana and father of Amanda and Anthony. Cherished grandfather of Rupert, Helen, Elizabeth, and Isabella. - See more at:

AARE Conference Award, AER/Springer Best Paper gets a mention on Campus Morning Mail

And those who are keen can teach

State ministers demanding minimum academic entry for teacher education courses are missing the core criteria for entry – people wanting to teach and believing they can do it well. And the way to encourage school students who are keen on becoming teachers is not to hammer away at how existing education students are academically under-skilled.....The article

MOU signed with EERA

The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the European Educational Research Association (EERA)

This three year MOU allows for closer collaboration between AARE and EERA that will include mutual discounts for respective Association members to attend the conferences of the other Association and similar discounts for other activities of both organisations.

Both AARE President, Professor Martin Mills and EERA President, Professor Theo Wubbels, have indicated that they want this MOU to assist in the promotion of high quality educational research, to encourage international collaborations and to enhance the significance of educational research for the benefit of education and society.


Call for abstracts extended.

The AARE 2016 Conference Committee have extended the abstract submission deadline by two more weeks until Thursday, 26 May 2016. Don't miss this opportunity to present a paper at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2016.

The abstract should reflect the conference theme ‘Transforming Education Research’.

Visit the conference website to view information about submission guidelines and the abstract template.

2017 Conference - Canberra, (venue TBC)

AER Open Access 'Highlight Articles'

A selection of six articles from the Australian Educational Researcher has been made available free of charge for a limited time.  Click the AER cover to the left to access the Highlight Articles chosen by the AER Managing Editor, Linda Graham.

History and Education Now: concepts, methods, questions.

The AARE History and Education SIG, in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society, hosted a successful two-day research workshop in February. The workshop explored current research approaches in the history of education, from theoretical and methodological debates to practical strategies and reflections from historians in action. The sessions attracted researchers working across a wide range of educational research, including policy, curriculum studies, inequality, social justice, comparative education and globalisation; others were undertaking or interested in beginning historical studies in education, or had broad interests in the historical context of contemporary agendas in educational policy, practice and research.

During this workshop about 55 participants were treated to a stimulating and provoking keynote presentation from Professor Tom Popkewitz on ‘The historical possibility of practical knowledge as the object of change: Notes on the emergence of a system of reasoning’. A video recording of this lecture is available here


The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) welcomes the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 evaluation released today and acknowledges the overall improvement in the rating of Australian educational research. The Association also calls on the Federal Government to increase its investment in research in Education to further enhance quality and support the development of research capacity where it has been viewed as wanting.

AARE President, Professor Martin Mills, said, “There is a very high correlation between the money invested in research across the disciplines and the quality of outcomes as reflected in the ERA. The results in some areas reflect the extremely low national investment in educational research.

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ARC Funding Outcomes-November 2015

AARE would like to congratulate the 11 research teams that were awarded ARC funding in the recently released Discovery round under the 13 Education codes. Similarly we congratulate the four individuals who received funding under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) category and the three research teams that were awarded Discovery Indigenous funding. The projects all look exciting and certainly deserving of funding. We will be doing some analysis of available data over the next few weeks. Our early analysis of the success rates indicate that funding only went to projects led by 8 universities in just 3 States. For project funding overall there was an 18% success rate for Discoveries, 16 % for DECRAs and 32% for Indigenous Discovery. As always this suggests that there have been many hours of work undertaken which have not led to ARC funding. We commiserate with those in that category, we understand the disappointment and frustration. At our next executive meeting we will be discussing this situation and some supports we can offer to those who missed out. In the meantime, we do not want to take anything away from those who were successful. We are thrilled for you!

AARE Audited Financial Statments and Annual General Meeting 2015

Audited Financial Statements

Dear AARE Members, a copy of the 2014 - 2015 Audited Financial Statements can be found here.

AARE Annual General Meeting 2015

Notice is hereby given that the forty-fifth Annual General Meeting of Members of the Association will be held as follows:

Where: Drill Hall (Building ND25),University of Notre Dame - Fremantle, Western Australia

When: Wednesday 2 December 2015 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

The AGM is open to all members of the Association. Members unable to attend in person may appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. A Form of Appointment of Proxy is available on the AARE website or from the Secretary. Proxy appointments must be advised to the Secretary by Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Members who are unable to attend the meeting or who would like to register questions in advance are invited to submit questions using the Question Submission Form available on the AARE website or from the Secretary. Questions must be submitted by 18 November 2015.

Please click HERE to access the agenda.

Emeritus Professor Annette Patterson

AARE Executive, members and academic colleagues would like to express their deep sadness regarding the recent heartbreaking news of the death of our respected and highly regarded colleague Emeritus Professor Annette Patterson. Annette was a wonderfully generous and collegial member of the Executive of AARE from 2005 to 2010 and was an outstanding editor of the Australian Educational Researcher journal.

As Editor, Annette sought to enhance the AER’s international focus and long-term viability by having the journal listed by Thomson Reuters ISI and taking the difficult decision to move it from in-house production to publication by a major international publisher (Springer).

As an academic colleague she will be remembered for her kindness, sense of equity and academic leadership. She was a wise, thoughtful colleague whose leadership style was compassionate and supportive. Many of us will remember Annette for the way she warmly encouraged, supported and empathized with us such that she inspired confidence and pride in us as professionals and in our academic pursuits.

She will also be remembered for her leadership at James Cook University where Annette committed to the highest standards of scholarship and equity, supporting in particular the engagement of Indigenous staff.

At Queensland University of Technology she was integral to the Faculty of Education and was a valuable colleague who was Head of the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education from December 2006 to her retirement in December 2012. She was an intelligent leader who mentored many through doctoral supervision, promotion and support for competitive grant applications.

Annette touched the lives of many through her selfless attitude, her commitment to fairness and her wisdom. To many of us she became a warm colleague and friend. Her legacy to education and the teaching profession will remain profound.

She will be greatly missed.

Annette’s family request that, if you are thinking of sending flowers, you consider making a donation to the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group instead.

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