Staff profile - Stephen Parker

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Dr Stephen Parker

Position: Research Fellow (Grade 2)
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: Centre Research Education Futures and Innovation
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443970 +61 3 92443970
Email: stephen.parker@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Stephen Parker is Research Fellow in the Centre for Educational Futures and Innovation at Deakin University. He has broad interests in social justice, public policy, social and political theory and sociology. Stephen has researched and published in higher education policy, student aspirations and student transitions appearing in Cambridge Journal of Education and Studies in Higher Education. Stephen has recently contributed to a number of research reports including VET providers, associate/bachelor degrees and disadvantaged learners (for the National VET Equity Council), Student Aspirations for Higher Education in Central Queensland: A survey of school students’ navigational capacities (for Central Queensland University) and Widening Participation in Australian Higher Education (for the Higher Education Funding Council for England).

Stephen is currently Research Fellow and Project Manager on the ARC Discovery project Social Justice Dispositions Informing Teachers' Pedagogy with Prof Trevor Gale (Deakin), Dr Russell Cross (University of Melbourne) and Dr Carmen Mills (University of Queensland).

Stephen's PhD was confered in 2011 and was entitled Theorising Human Rights: Foundations and Their Influence. The thesis explored the philosophical foundations of human rights through a number of theorists including, Richard Rorty, Bryan S. Turner, Martha Nussbaum and Charles Taylor.

Prior to coming to Deakin in 2012, Stephen was a researcher in the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education based in Adelaide.


Biography summary

Stephen Parker is Research Fellow in the Centre for Educational Futures and Innovation at Deakin University.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, 1999
  • Master of International Studies, University of South Australia, 2003


Affiliations

AARE


Professional activities

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:

  • Australian Educational Researcher
  • Australian Journal of Education
  • Cambridge Journal of Education
  • Critical Studies in Education
  • International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
  • Social Inclusion

Academic

Teaching Interests

I am currently Associate Supervisor for the following HDR students at Deakin University (as of June 2014):

  • Bok, Jessica. PhD: Adaptive preferencing and the capacity to aspire (current).
  • Smith, Catherine. PhD. (current). APA scholarship recipient.
  • Sugiono, Sugiono. PhD. Social Justice Across Indonesian Schooling (current). DUPR scholarship recipient.
     


Conferences and seminars

Conference presentations in 2013 include: BERA - Brighton, UK, September ECER - Istanbul, Turkey, September AARE - Adelaide, December

Media appearances

Hare, J. (2013). Long way from participation targets. The Australian. 6 February.

Parker, S. & Peters, M. (2011). Retention a complex issue. The Australian. 22 September.

Ross, J. (2011). Low-SES students wrongly classified, but who cares? The Australian. 22 June.

Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2009). Student equality in focus. Independent Weekly, 1 May.

Related Links

Critical Studies in Education
Student Transitions in Higher Education
Twitter


Research

Research projects

Current:

Chief Invesitgator:

Gale, T., Parker, S. & Molla, T. (2014). Secondary School Graduate Preferences for Bachelor Degrees and Institutions. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

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).

Recently completed:

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). http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/efi/pubs/vet-associate-bachelor-degrees-disadvantaged-learners.pdf

Measuring Student Aspirations and Aspirational Resources, with Gale, Blake & Tobin (DUPPP, 2012-2013). http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/efi/pubs/nbc-report.pdf

Student Aspirations in Central Queensland: (Re)imagining higher education in low SES student futures, with Gale, Moore & Doig (CQU & HEPPP, 2012-2013). http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/efi/pubs/Student%20Aspirations%20for%20Higher%20Education%20in%20Central%20Queesnland.pdf

Dispositions Towards Social Justice in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Schools, with Gale (Deakin CRGS, 2012)


Research interests

Higher education policy
Student equity
Student aspirations
Student transitions
Sociology
Public policy
Political philosophy
Human rights theory


Research grants

2014. Secondary School Graduate Preferences for Bachelor Degrees and Institutions. With Gale & Molla. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

2014. Using a capability approach to re-frame teacher’s pedagogic work. With Skourdoumbis. Central Research Grant (CRG) Scheme, Deakin University.

2013. 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. Capabilities and Australian schooling policy: implications for teachers’ pedagogic work. With Andrew Skourdoumbis. CREFI Research Development Grant.

2013. The politicization of capabilities in Australian education. With Blackmore, Campbell, Gale, Rawolle, Rowlands, Skourdoumbis and Vongalis-Macrow. CREFI Seeding Grant.


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=parkesta


Publications

Publications

SELECTED:

Refereed journal articles:

Gale, T. & Parker S. (2014). Navigating change: a typology of student transition in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 734-753.

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). The Mutual Obligation Policy in Australia: The Rhetoric and Reasoning Of Recent Social Security Policy. Contemporary Politics, 10(3-4), 257-269.

Conference papers:

Skourdoumbis, A., Parker, S. & Gale, T. (2013). Capabilities and Australian schooling policy: implications for teachers’ pedagogic work. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Adelaide, Australia, 2-5 December.

Parker, S., Gale, T. & Bok, J. (2013). Widening Participation, Narrowing Aspiration: Privileging Higher Education as Destination. Conference of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), Istanbul, Turkey, 10-13 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.

Invited presentations:

Parker, S. (2013). ‘This isn’t for the likes of us’: Taste, capability, and navigational capacity in aspirations for higher education. Paper presented at 'Youth aspirations, participation in higher education and career choice capability: Where to from here?'. Macquarie University, Sydney, 24 July.

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.

Research reports:

Gale, T., Hodge, S., Parker, S., Rawolle, S., Charlton, E., Rodd, P., Skourdoumbis, A. & Molla, T. (2013). VET Providers, Associate and Bachelor Degrees, and Disadvantaged Learners. Report to the National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC), Australia. Centre for Research in Education Futures and Innovation (CREFI), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/efi/pubs/vet-associate-bachelor-degrees-disadvantaged-learners.pdf

Gale, T. & Parker, S. (2013). Widening Participation in Australian Higher Education. Report to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), England. CFE (Research and Consulting) Ltd, Leicester, UK and Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/hefce/content/pubs/indirreports/2013/wpinternationalresearch/2013_WPeffectivenessAus.pdf

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.


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