Anna Bennett is Convenor of the University of Newcastle’s Open Foundation Program, an Open Entry university preparation program which enables people to qualify for entry into degree programs. In 2012, 2,048 students enrolled in the various modes of study available in Open Foundation. Originally modelled on the UK Open University foundations program which started in 1971, Open Foundation commenced as a pilot program in 1974 with 80 students. Almost 40,000 people have participated in Open Foundation at the University of Newcastle as the program reaches its 40th year. Anna has a PhD in Sociology (UNSW) and is interested in empirical research that uses sociological concepts as tools to better understand and describe various social, political and educational phenomena. She draws on Foucault’s methods of enquiry, which are a broad set of qualitative research methods that also enable an understanding of the hermeneutic dimensions of quantitative fields. Current research areas include: studies of discourses of inclusion, equity and participation in higher education policies and practice; the study of identities and subject positions; and notions and implications of neoliberalism.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 11/05/2001
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 27/04/1995
- Political Sociology
- Sociology of Education
I research and publish in the fields of sociology, the sociology of education and political sociology.
Fields of Research
|160809||Sociology Of Education||40|
|169999||Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified||10|
Anna is Program Coordinator of Open Foundation.
Anna was Team leader with Dr Erica Southgate (FEDUA) on the recent CTL research grant "Establishing effective and sustainable links between enabling and undergraduate programs by examining the transitions of ELFSC students" (2012).
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Book (1 outputs)
|2012||Bennett AK, The Power Paradox: A Toolkit for Analyzing Conflict and Extremism, University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 137 (2012) [A1]|
Conference (5 outputs)
|2012||Bennett AK, 'Alternative pathways to higher education in Australia: The importance of enabling and empowerment beyond mainstream conventions', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]|
|2012||Bunn RJ, Bennett AK, Southgate E, Cooper SA, Kavanagh KO, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]|
|2012||Hodges BE, Bedford T, Bennett AK, Hartley JH, Kavanagh KO, Klinger C, et al., 'Enabling retention: Understanding and improving student retention rates in Australian university enabling programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]|
|2011||Bennett AK, Burgess CA, 'Challenges at the cultural interface: The hidden academic cultural curriculum', Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]|
|2011||Bennett AK, 'A case study of perceptions of power: Clubs Australia, pokies and the politics of 'spin'', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]|
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Journal article (1 outputs)
|2012||Bennett AK, Hodges BE, Kavanagh KO, Fagan SJ, Hartley JH, Schofield NJ, ''Hard' and 'soft' aspects of learning as investment: Opening up the neo-liberal view of a programme with 'high' levels of attrition', Widening Participation & Lifelong Learning, 14 141-156 (2012) [C1]|
Grants and Funding
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