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March 2016, No.92

President's Report

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2016. Since the last newsletter we have had a very successful annual conference in Fremantle. Congratulations to all those involved in the organisation, especially Margaret Baguley the Chair of our Conferences Standing Committee. We are gearing up for another exciting year, culminating in the next conference, to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (27 November to 1 December).


2016 AARE Theory Workshops

AARE invites early career researchers and higher degree research students to attend one (or more) weekend/s of research workshops in 2016. These popular workshops are organised collaboratively with universities and provide opportunities for participants to:

  • be immersed in theory
  • consider how theory applies to their research
  • engage in discussions with – and to learn from – experienced researchers/experts from the field.

Conference News

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to all those who attended and participated so enthusiastically at the recent AARE Conference in Fremantle, WA. We were delighted with the feedback we received, particularly in relation to the collegiality of the conference, the venue and particularly the variety of food that was available.


Special Book Offer - Local and Global Issues in Education

Special Book Offer - Local and Global Issues in Education

AARE is pleased to say that the first edition of the Book Series Local and Global Issues in Education has been released and AARE has a some copies that are being made available at a discounted rate. The book titled National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment is being offered at:

AUD $35.00 for AARE Members AUD $40.00 for non AARE Members

Australian Educational Researcher

AARE is pleased to announce that the first edition of the Australian Educational Researcher for 2016 is now available. This edition is a special issue on think-tanks and edu-businesses in education. 

It features an article by Prof Bob Lingard critiquing the Centre for Independent Studies report, "School Funding on a Budget'. 

This paper is available free for the next two months.


AARE Blog: EduResearch Matters

Looking for ways to share your research with a broader audience? Many posts on the AARE Blog, EduResearch Matters, are viewed up to 1000 times within the first month of publication. We have evidence that academics, practitioners, policymakers and journalists all engage with the blog on a regular basis, and we are happy to include links to your published work and/or web profile in your post.

Notes from the SIGs Coordinator

Thanks to SIG Conveners, Co-Conveners and members for your involvement in SIGs and the contribution this makes to the work of AARE. Your involvement in SIG discussions, activities and events throughout the year, in addition to the annual conference, are very much appreciated by our research community. AARE members interested in getting more involved in SIGs are encouraged to visit the SIG pages on the AARE website, and to be in contact with their SIG leadership teams about ways to contribute to SIG networking and activities. Below are news items contributed by individual SIGs, as well as notices of relevance to all SIGs.

For more news items and items from individual SIGs please open page.

Recently Completed Theses

Bronwyn Parkin, University of Adelaide

Thesis Title: Scaffolding science: a pedagogy for marginalised students