research

DEVELOPING THE TOOLKIT FOR ACTION (2016-2020)

Based on what is now well over 1,000 hours of observation, in a range of interesting settings, I am refining the Toolkit for Action with Dr Lucila Carvalho. Through this work we aim to (1) support educators engaged in (re)designing space and curricula to accommodate increasingly participatory forms of learning, and (2) connect original educational design intentions with actual teaching and learning practice over the life of large infrastructure projects—from development, to occupation, and beyond.

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ARC DISCOVERY PROJECT (2016-2018) MODELLING COMPLEX LEARNING SPACES: CONNECTING USE, MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN 

During my postdoctoral research fellowship I conducted an observational study of place-based learning  in higher-education, using methods from human geography and design anthropology. This involved lots of talking while walking in interesting places like The Central Teaching Hub at the University of Liverpool, The Abercrombie Building at the University of Sydney Business School, Arts West and the WMBT at the University of Melbourne, and the science teaching laboratories and the Creative Practice Lab at Griffith University.

It also involved contributing to the redesign of the Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) completed in 2017, and the design of the new teaching spaces in the Central and Acute Services Building (CASB) and the Innovation Hub, at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Campus, due for completion in 2020.

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ARC LAUREATE FELLOWSHIP (2012-2015) LEARNING, TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN: ARCHITECTURES FOR PRODUCTIVE NETWORKED LEARNING 

During my PhD I was one of four PhD candidates working on a team of ten researchers, led by Professor Peter Goodyear. During this period I conducted observations in the pilot for the X-Lab, and in the X-Lab itself, in the Charles Perkins Centre (see below). I also worked with other members of the Laureate team testing new methods for analyzing multimodal data of inquiry based learning, in open learning spaces.

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This was in addition to the observational work I conducted in an innovative primary school, which formed the basis of my PhD Habits & Habitats: An ethnography of learning entanglement. I qualified for the award of Doctor of Philosophy without further conditions—a rare honour—and a copy can be accessed via the following link http://hdl.handle.net/2123/13982.

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