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Dr Shaun Rawolle



Senior Lecturer In Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 522 71402

Research interests

Education policy sociology
Policy implementation
The social contract of education
Mediatization and education
Bourdieu and education studies



Member, Research for Educational Impact’

Teaching interests

EEE307 Creating effective learning environments (trimester 1)
EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations (trimester 2)

Professional activities

Co-convenor of the Policy and Politics in Education SIG for AARE


Principal led school improvement and teacher capacity building in the Barwon South Network
Dr Shaun Rawolle, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Louise Paatsch, Dr Carol Campbell, Dr Muriel Wells
DEECD (Barwon South Network) funding 2011, 2012
Project Summary: The research involves a study of a short term School Improvement Cycle model being adopted across 23 schools in the Barwon South Network, focussing on the links between the web of decision making processes around each individual school improvement plan, and classroom practices. The research is designed to contribute to the network, to the broader public and to the researchers in specific and strategic ways. First, the research focuses on the process of school improvement as it is happening in the regional network. The network and principals will be better placed to understand how well these change processes are functioning and will have data and advice to inform future school improvement cycles. This is increasingly important in light of high stakes testing and comparisons between schools. For the broader public the research will produce benefits in providing a research model to support data-driven changes in classroom practice linked to school improvement, which will impact on the learning of students in schools. The ultimate benefits will therefore be research that enhances improvements in network and school performance based on student learning.


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The implications of contractualism for the responsibilisation of higher education

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Dr Julie Rowlands, Prof Jillian Blackmore

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 109-122, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Teachers’ aides working in secondary school settings: preparedness and professional learning

Mrs Dianne Gibson, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, A/Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Muriel Wells, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 71-87, Journal of education and learning, Ontario, Canada, C1


Improving schools: productive tensions between the local, the systemic and the global

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Dr Muriel Wells, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell

(2015), Singapore, A1


Bourdieu and doing policy sociology in education

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Bob Lingard

(2015), pp. 15-26, Education policy and contemporary theory : implications for research, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Mediatization and education: a sociological account

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Bob Lingard

(2014), pp. 595-614, Mediatization of communication, Berlin, Germany, B1-1


Emotions in education policy : a social contract analysis of asymmetrical dyads and emotion

Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2013), pp. 49-60, Emotion and school : understanding how the hidden curriculum influences relationships, leadership, teaching, and learning, Bingley, England, B1


Bourdieu and educational research: thinking tools, relational thinking, beyond epistemological innocence

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Bob Lingard

(2013), pp. 117-137, Social theory and education research : understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida, New York, NY, B1-1


Understanding equity as an asset to national interest: developing a social contract analysis of policy

Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 231-244, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, London, Eng., C1


Neoliberalism is not a theory of everything: a Bourdieuian analysis of illusio in educational research

Dr Julie Rowlands, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 260-272, Critical studies in education, London, Eng., C1


New scalar politics : implications for education policy

Bob Lingard, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2011), Vol. 47, pp. 489-502, Comparative education : an international journal of comparative studies, Abingdon, England, C1


Globalization and the rescaling of education politics and policy : implications for comparative education.

Bob Lingard, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2010), pp. 33-52, New thinking in comparative education : honouring Robert Cowen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1


The mediatization of the knowledge based economy : an Australian field based account

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Robert Lingard

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 269-286, Communications : the European journal of communication research, Berlin, Germany, C1


Understanding the mediatisation of educational policy as practice

Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2010), Vol. 51, pp. 21-39, Critical studies in education, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Practice chains of production and consumption : mediatized practices across social fields

Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2010), Vol. 31, pp. 121-135, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, England, C1-1


Rescaling and reconstituting education policy

Bob Lingard, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2009), pp. 217-231, Re-reading education policies : a handbook studying the policy agenda of the 21st century, Rotterdam, Netherlands, B1-1


Understanding quality and equity of schooling in Scotland : locating educational traditions globally

Alberto R. Melgoza, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2009), Vol. 1, pp. 1-17, Education in the north : the journal of Scottish education, Aberdeen, Scotland, C1-1


Policy, knowledge, education economics : creating policy pictures

Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2009), Vol. 30, pp. 529-538, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, England, C1-1


The sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and researching education policy

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Bob Lingard

(2008), Vol. 23, pp. 729-741, Journal of education policy, Abingdon, England, C1-1


Globalizing policy sociology in education : working with Bourdieu

Bob Lingard, Dr Shaun Rawolle, Sandra C Taylor

(2005), Vol. 20, pp. 759-777, Journal of education policy, Abingdon, England, C1-1


Cross-field effects and temporary social fields : a case study of the mediatization of recent Australian knowledge economy policies

Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2005), Vol. 20, pp. 705-724, Journal of education policy, Abingdon, England, C1-1


Mediatizing educational policy : the journalistic field, science policy, and cross-field effects

Bob Lingard, Dr Shaun Rawolle

(2004), Vol. 19, pp. 361-380, Journal of education policy, London, England, C1-1



Other Public Sector Funding

A short cycle model for school improvement in Barwon South Network

Dr Shaun Rawolle, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Muriel Wells

  • 2012: $69,600
  • 2011: $46,400

Investigating the impact for disadvantaged learners of TAFE institutions and other VET providers delivering bachelor and associate degree qualifications

Prof Trevor Gale, Dr Emma Charlton, Dr Stephen Parker, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis, Dr Shaun Rawolle

  • 2014: $558
  • 2013: $72,687


Data will be available in 2017