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September 2015, No.91

President's Report

Martin Mills

Welcome to the September AARE newsletter.

A lot of wonderful work is happening within the Association as indicated by the various reports in this edition


AARE Honorary Life Membership Award

An Honorary Life Membership Award was presented on 25 August to Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke. Sid has been an active member of the AARE since the 1970s. He served as its President in 1993 and was a member of the Executive Committee from 1987 to 1994. Over the years, Sid has acted as an expert consultant to many government departments at national, state, and regional levels. Through his work with ACER and subsequently at the University of Newcastle, Sid has made a major contribution to educational research in Australia.


Call for Nominations for AARE Executive

Nominations for the following positions on the Executive Committee of AARE should be forwarded to the Secretary by 25 September 2015.

President Elect (to serve for four years, 2016 - 2019: one as President Elect, two as President and one as Immediate Past President)

Treasurer (three year term, 2016-2018)

Research Development Co-ordinator (three year term, 2016-2018)

Ordinary AARE Executive Member (three positions, including Early Career Researcher member) (all two year terms, 2016-2017)

AARE Strategic Initiative Grant Expressions of Interest

AARE is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from AARE members in undertaking projects aligned with the following areas of our Strategic Plan.

  1. Critical engagement (CE) - Provide forums for sharing of, and critical engagement with, knowledge in education
  2. Impact (I) - Promote the visibility and uptake of research evidence in educational policy and practice

Two grants between $5,000 and $10,000 each are available to assist with undertaking relevant projects. Funding is for the 2015 -2016 financial year but approved activities are to take place until December 2016.

EOI’s should address the requirements and use the EOI cover sheet  in a maximum of four A4 pages (11 point, single spaced) with the following cover page making up one of the pages. All EOI’s should include a detailed budget.

The EOI’s should be sent to by COB 30 November 2015

Call for Proposals for the New AARE Book Series, Local/Global Issues in Education

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

Call for Papers - Special Edition AER

The Australian Educational Researcher is seeking submissions to a Special Edition to be led by Indigenous colleagues.  While we do not intend to exclude non-Indigenous authors, we would like to emphasise that we are seeking articles that are led by Indigenous colleagues.  The decision to use the term Indigenous is to ensure that it is inclusive of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacifika colleagues.

Guest Editors:

Professor Tracey Bunda, University of Southern Queensland

Professor Val Klenowski, Queensland University of Technology

Recently Completed Theses

Lucinda McKnight, Deakin University

Thesis Title: The glitterbomb: designing curriculum and identity with girls’ popular culture

Ben Whitburn, Deakin University

Thesis Title: Critical Engagement with Insider Accounts of Inclusive Schooling

Sri Wuli Fitriati, University of Southern Queensland

Thesis Title: Teachers' language ideologies and classroom practices in English bilingual education: An ethnographic case study of a Senior High School in Central Java, Indonesia


Conference News

2015 AARE Newsletter – Conferences Standing Committee

Dear Colleagues,

It is hard to believe it is September already and the AARE Conference in Fremantle is only a few months away


Theory Workshops

Following the two successful weekends of theory workshops that have been held this year, the final workshops for 2015 will be held at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba on the weekend of 2-4 October. With direct flights from Sydney, as well as access from Brisbane, this location is quite accessible. On-campus accommodation is available.


AARE Conference Awards

Important Conference Paper Awards Information!

Deadline for submission of papers to the conference awards committee: