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Dr. Stephen Parker
|Position||Research Fellow (Grade 2)|
|Area||Centre Research Education Futures and Innovation|
|Phone||+61 3 924 43970|
|Role and profile||
Stephen is Research Fellow in the School of Education with broad interests in social justice, public policy, social and political theory and sociology.
In his role in the School of Education, Stephen is involved in several projects with Prof Trevor Gale including Student Aspirations in Central Queensland (Re)imagining higher education in low SES student futures, as well as associate supervisor of three HDR students.
He is also Editorial Assistant for Critical Studies in Education.
From 2008-2012, Stephen was a researcher in Australia’s National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) where he contributed to a number of key projects including a recent ALTC-funded report on student transitions to higher education, as well as research on current higher education policy and student aspirations. He is also a co-author of the Australian Government-funded Interventions Early in School report (Gale et al. 2010).
Prior to working at the NCSEHE, he was engaged in research on the inequities of social security policy, housing and homelessness and published in those areas.
In 2011 Stephen completed his PhD entitled Theorising Human Rights: Foundations and Their Influence for which he is very grateful.
I am currently Associate Supervisor for the following HDR students at Deakin University:
Bok, Jessica. PhD: Adaptive preferencing and the capacity to aspire (current). APA scholarship recipient.
Paape, Astrid. PhD: Career Choices and Vocational Pathways in East Timor (current).
Skourdoumbis, Andrew. PhD: Positioning Teachers and Teaching: Unraveling the Teacher Effectiveness Agenda (completed Jan 2013).
Sugiono, Sugiono. PhD. Social Justice Across Indonesian Schooling (current). DUPR scholarship recipient.
Higher education policy
Human rights theory
|Current research projects||
Chief Investigator for:
Impact for disadvantaged learners of TAFE institutions and other VET providers delivering bachelor & associate degree qualifications, with Gale, Hodge, Charlton, Rodd, Skourdombis & Rawolle (DIISRTE / NVEAC, 2013).
Research Fellow and Project Manager for:
Social Justice Dispositions Informing the Pedagogic Work of Teachers in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Secondary Schools, CIs Gale, Cross & Mills (ARC, 2013-2015).
Student Aspirations in Central Queensland: (Re)imagining higher education in low SES student futures, with Gale, Moore & Doig (CQU & HEPPP, 2012-2013).
Measuring Student Aspirations and Aspirational Resources, with Gale, Blake & Tobin (DUPPP, 2012-2013).
Dispositions Towards Social Justice in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Schools, with Gale (Deakin CRGS, 2012)
|Service to the University,
discipline or community
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy, University of Roehampton, London, UK, September 2012.
Editorial Assistant, Critical Studies in Education.
Article reviewer for:
Cambridge Journal of Education
Critical Studies in Education
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
PhD, University of South Australia (2011)
MIntnlStds, University of South Australia (2003)
BA (Hons.), University of Adelaide (1999)
Conference presentations in 2012 include:
BERA - Manchester, September
ECER - Cádiz, Spain, September
AARE - Sydney, December
|Research link||View Deakin associated research data|
Publications - selected highlights
Refereed journal articles:
Gale, T. & Parker S. (2012). Navigating change: a typology of student transition in higher education. Studies in Higher Education.
Sellar, S., Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2011). Appreciating aspiration in Australian higher education. Cambridge Journal of Education, 41(1), 37-52.
Parker, S. (2004). Welfare Dependency and the Logic of Mutual Obligation. Just Policy, 32(June), 28-35.
Parker, S. & Fopp, R. (2004). “I’m the Slice of Pie That’s Ostracised…”. Foucault’s Technologies, and Personal Agency, in the Voice of Women Who are Homeless, Adelaide, South Australia. Housing, Theory and Society, 21(4), 145-154.
Parker, S. & Fopp, R. (2004). The Mutual Obligation Policy in Australia: The Rhetoric and Reasoning Of Recent Social Security Policy. Contemporary Politics, 10(3-4), 257-269.
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (in press). Navigating student transition in higher education: induction, development, becoming. In H. Brook, D. Fergie, M. Maeorg & D. Michell (Eds.), Universities in Transition: Foregrounding Social Contexts of Knowledge in the First Year Experience. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press. Accepted 20 February 2012.
Parker, S. & Peters, M. (2011). Retention a complex issue. The Australian, 22 September.
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2012). Transportation, Transformation, Whole of Life: Three Metaphors for Student Transition in Higher Education. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Conference of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), Cádiz, Spain, 18-21 September.
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2012). The capacity to navigate change: academic capital and student transition into higher education. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA), Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-6 September.
Parker, S. & Gale, T. (2011). The Capacity to Navigate Change: Academic Capital and Student Transition into Higher Education. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, 27 November – 1 December, Hobart, Australia.
Sellar, S., Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2009). Massaging Desire: Disadvantaged Students’ Aspirations for Higher Education. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 29 November – 3 December, Canberra, Australia.
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2012). Measuring Student Aspirations and Aspirational Resources. Invited presentation to the DUPPP End of Year Forum, Deakin City Centre, Melbourne, 26 October.
Parker, S. (2012). Higher education: is it for everyone and/or should it be? Visiting Scholar, Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy, University of Roehampton, London, UK, 11 September.
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2012). Towards new ways of thinking about student transition in higher education. Paper presented at the Evaluating and Optimising: Social Inclusion in Tertiary Education conference, Melbourne, 29-30 May.
Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2011). Student Transition into Higher Education. ALTC Good Practice Report. Surry Hills: ALTC.
Gale, T., Hattam, R., Comber, B., Tranter, D., Bills, D., Sellar, S. & Parker, S. (2010). Interventions early in school as a means to improve higher education outcomes for disadvantaged students. Adelaide: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.