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Dr Margot Ford

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

I have worked in the field of sociology and education for many years, receiving a doctorate in sociology, which was published in 2009 as "In Your Face. A case study in postmuliticultural Australia" CDU Press.  The focus on the social dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, viewed through a Foucauldian lens, allowed for an examination of race and racism in the highly culturally diverse city of Darwin, Northern Territory.  Prior to coming to the University of Newcastle, I worked as a lecturer in teacher education at Charles Darwin University, and before that at Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. I have published in the areas of Indigenous education, classroom management and early childhood education. More recently I have become interested in national testing regimes and what they tell us about inequality of educational achievement.

Research Expertise
Mainly qualitative research methods drawing on case study, narrative inquiry and ethnography, using Foucault's concept of interpretive analysis, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Cross disciplinary research in racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in contemporary Australia, with specific reference to education. This includes early childhood, primary and secondary contexts. Central themes are mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, identity formation and belongingness in the context of neoconservatism in Australia. Indigenous education and Indigenous issues both historically and contemporary, especially in the context of the Northern Territory.

Teaching Expertise
Sociology of education, specifically in Australia, professional experience in education, specialising in early childhood and primary education, classroom management practices.

Administrative Expertise
Course coordination, Assistant director Professional experience.

Collaborations
Several different collaborations allows for an eclectic mix of research interests to be realised. An ongoing collaboration with Dr. Gordon Lyons has resulted in several editions of Classroom Management. Creating Positive Learning Environments, Cengage Publications, with the 4th Edition also co-authored with Dr. June Slee, just released. A chapter examining the Aboriginal documentary "Buffalo Legends" was co-authored with Shane Motlap for "Making Film and Television Histories; Australia And New Zealand", James E. Bennet & Rebecca Beirne (eds). Another recent publication in Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, December 2013, with Nicole Leggett (a current PhD candidate) focused on a critique of the Early Years Learning Framework, entitled 'A Fine Balance: Understanding the roles educators and children play as intentional teachers and intentional learners within the Early Years Learning Framework'. Currently I am collaborating with Professor Xoliswa Mtose to examine national testing regimes in South Africa and Australia.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, University of New England
  • Master of Education, University of New England

Keywords

  • Dynamics of Social Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Early Childhood
  • Indigenous education
  • Professional Experience
  • Race, racism and education
  • Social Justice
  • Social and Cultural Identity
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified 35
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 35
229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Lyons GS, Ford MW, Arthur-Kelly MD, Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, VIC, 272 (2011) [A2]
Co-authors Gordon Lyons, Michael Arthur-Kelly
2009 Ford MW, In Your Face: A Case Study in Post-Multicultural Australia, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, Northern Territory, 200 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Ford MW, Motlap S, 'Buffalo Legends', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London 17-21 (2011) [B2]
2003 Ford M, 'Case Applications: Social and cultural aspects', , Thomson Publishing, Victoria, 225-262 (2003) [B1]

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Leggett N, Ford M, 'A fine balance: Understanding the roles educators and children play as intentional teachers and intentional learners within the Early Years Learning Framework', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD, 38 42-50 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Ford M, 'Achievement gaps in Australia: what NAPLAN reveals about education inequality in Australia', Race, Ethnicity & Education, 16 80-102 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13613324.2011.645570
Citations Scopus - 4
2013 Lester J, Heitmeyer D, Gore JM, Ford M, 'Creating and sustaining meaningful partnerships for supporting indigenous teacher education', Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 16 3-18 (2013) [C1]
Co-authors Jenny Gore
2009 Ford MW, Sutton I, 'Researcher/teacher collaboration: A symbiotic relationship', The Social Educator, 27 7-15 (2009) [C1]
2001 Ford M, Fasoli L, '''Indigenous Early Childhood Educator''s Narratives: Some methodological considerations', Journal of Early Childhood Education, 26 (2001) [C1]
2001 Fasoli L, Ford M, 'Indigenous Early Childhood Educators'' Narratives: Relationships, not activities', Journal of Early Childhood Education, 26 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Ford MW, Purdon A, 'Opening the doors of culture and learning for our youngest citizens', Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Early Childhood Development and Education. Programme, Cape Town, South Africa (2012) [E3]
2011 Ford MW, 'Gap or chasm: Inequality of achievement between indigenous and non-indigenous students in the Australian education system', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2010 Ford MW, 'Shopping for identity. experiences of inclusion and exclusion in a Northern Territory shopping centre', XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Sociology on the Move Conference Abstracts, Gothenburg, Sweden (2010) [E3]
2010 Ford MW, Sutton I, Sutton S, 'Developing a transformative education program to sustain economic and lifestyle opportunities for indigenous landholders in Northern Australia', Learning for Life: Sustainability, Global Citizenship and Social Justice. SEAA Biennial Conference with SASOSE Annual Conference. Paper Sessions - Full Abstracts, Adelaide, SA (2010) [E3]
2006 Ford M, 'In your face: ''Racism" as problematic in a culturally diverse setting', Racisms in the New World Order: Realities of Culture, Colour and Identity Conference Proceedings, Sunshine Coast (2006) [E1]
2005 Ford M, 'Imagined Australians in a culturally diverse community', Researching Identity, Diversity & Education, Brisbane, Australia (2005) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $424,530

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20143 grants / $420,000

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000

Funding body: Origin Foundation

Funding body Origin Foundation
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301438
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,000

TASA - The future of sociology, ANU Canberra, 1-4 December 2009$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Margot Ford
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0900138
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $915

TASA Re-Imagining Sociology Melbourne, 2/12/2008 - 5/12/2008$915

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Margot Ford
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189670
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $2,615

New Staff Grant 2007$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Margot Ford
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187830
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007, The University of Auckland, 4/12/2007 - 7/12/2007$1,115

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Margot Ford
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188387
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.7
Number of completed supervisions 2
Number of current supervisions 6
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL 2.7

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Critical Pedagogy and the Neoliberalisation of Schooling
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 Critical Pedagogy and the Neoliberalisation of Schooling
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014 Girls and Secondary Education in Rural Tanzania: Perceptions, Obstacles and Future Possibilities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011 Australian Picturebooks and Connections to Children's Sense of Identity
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009 A Study into Aboriginal Adult Learners Perceptions of the Effects of the Learning Environment on Motivation and Metacognition
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009 A Study of School and Aboriginal Community Collaboration and its effect on Teacher Professional Knowledge
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Intentional Teaching Practices of Educators and the Development of Creative Thought Processes of Young Children Within Australian Early Childhood Centres
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 Identity Transitions and the Project of the Self: A Symbolic Interactionist Exploration of Life Histories of Former Members of New Religious Movements
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Margot Ford

Position

Senior Lecturer
Early Childhood/Primary
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email margot.ford@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4413
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room HO1.07
Building Humanities Building
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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