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I am an educator and educational researcher working in the areas of education policy, teacher professional identity and learning, curriculum and pedagogy.  For ten years I worked in schools as a classroom teacher and school leader, and in this time I worked collaboratively to drive school change and transformation and to support teachers to rise to the many challenges of the 21st century in their classrooms. 

My research and writing are in the areas of professional identity, professional learning, curriculum and pedagogy, and education policy.  I hold a Bachelor of Education with Honours in Ancient History, a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies, and a PhD in Education, all from the University of Sydney.  I also hold a Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching, from the University of Newcastle, and for something different I am currently studying toward a Master of Science in Applied Statistics at Swinburne University of Technology.  I have co-authored and edited 12 books since 2003, including Student Voice: Beyond Legitimation and Guardianship (Mockler & Groundwater-Smith, 2015), Teacher Professional Learning in an Age of Compliance: Mind the Gap (Groundwater-Smith & Mockler, 2009), Facilitating Practitioner Research: Developing Transformational Partnerships (Groundwater-Smith, Mitchell, Mockler, Ponte & Ronnerman, 2013), Rethinking Educational Practice Through Reflexive Inquiry (Mockler and Sachs, 2011), and Local Research, Global Community: Action Research for a New Century (2006). In 2012 and 2013, Debra Talbot and I worked together on Australian Curriculum: Classroom Approaches, a series of teacher resource books for the Australian Curriculum in English, History, Mathematics and Science, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

My current projects include Reclaiming Meaning: The Language of Reform and Improvement in Education, a monograph to be co-authored with Susan Groundwater-Smith, which will be published by Routledge in 2017, and a major research project on the commercialisation of education (with Bob Lingard, Greg Thompson, Kalervo Gulson, Anna Hogan and Stephen Ball), funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Scheme (2017-2019).

I am an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, where I teach and research in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.  I previously held a number of roles in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, where I worked from 2009 to 2014, including Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning), Program Convenor for the Master of Teaching and Honours Pathway Convenor.  I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Educational Researcher, and in the recent past have been the Communications Co-ordinator for the Australian Association for Research in Education (2012-16), Series Editor of the book series Issues in Australian Education (2013-2016), and Associate Editor of the scholarly journals Critical Studies in Education (2014-2016) and Teaching and Teacher Education (2015-2016).

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