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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 Batchelor Institute of IndigenousTertiary 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), University of Queensland, 05/07/2007
  • Master of Education, University of New England, 26/04/1995
  • Bachelor of Education, University of New England, 08/04/1989

Research

Research keywords

  • Dynamics of Social Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Indigenous education
  • Race, racism and education
  • Social and Cultural Identity
  • Sociology

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 contemproary 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

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130199Education Systems Not Elsewhere Classified35
160899Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified35
229999Philosophy And Religious Studies Not Elsewhere Classified30

Collaboration

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.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Course coordination, Assistant director Professional experience

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Early Childhood
  • Professional Experience
  • Social Justice
  • Sociology of education

Teaching expertise

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

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Ford M, 'Achievement gaps in Australia: what NAPLAN reveals about education inequality in Australia', Race, Ethnicity & Education, 16 80-102 (2013) [C1]

Race, Ethnicity and Education is the international preeminent journal for this topic, with an impact factor of 0.531. The article is having a major impact, evidenced by nearly 4000 downloads, one of the most downloaded (currently in second place) in the journal, as well as across Taylor and Francis Sociology of Education journals. Although only published in 2013, it has six citations according to Google Scholar.

Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

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

Chapter (2 outputs)

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

Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lester 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

2013Ford M, 'Achievement gaps in Australia: what NAPLAN reveals about education inequality in Australia', Race, Ethnicity & Education, 16 80-102 (2013) [C1]

Race, Ethnicity and Education is the international preeminent journal for this topic, with an impact factor of 0.531. The article is having a major impact, evidenced by nearly 4000 downloads, one of the most downloaded (currently in second place) in the journal, as well as across Taylor and Francis Sociology of Education journals. Although only published in 2013, it has six citations according to Google Scholar.

2013Leggett 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]
2009Ford MW, Sutton I, 'Researcher/teacher collaboration: A symbiotic relationship', The Social Educator, 27 7-15 (2009) [C1]
2001Ford M, Fasoli L, '''Indigenous Early Childhood Educator''s Narratives: Some methodological considerations', Journal of Early Childhood Education, 26 (2001) [C1]
2001Fasoli 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ford 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]
2011Ford 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]
2010Ford 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]
2010Ford 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]
2006Ford 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]
2005Ford 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 grants5
Total funding$144,530

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2014 (1 grants)

National Exceptional teachers for Disadvantaged School Projects$140,000
Funding Body: Origin Foundation

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Margot Ford, Doctor Joanne Ailwood, Doctor Drew Miller
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$140,00020142015
GNo:G1301438

2009 (1 grants)

TASA - The future of sociology, ANU Canberra, 1-4 December 2009$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Margot Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020092009
GNo:G0900138

2008 (1 grants)

TASA Re-Imagining Sociology Melbourne, 2/12/2008 - 5/12/2008$915
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Margot Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$91520082008
GNo:G0189670

2007 (2 grants)

New Staff Grant 2007$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Margot Ford
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020072007
GNo:G0187830

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

Project Team
Doctor Margot Ford
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,11520072007
GNo:G0188387
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20112015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorAustralian Picturebooks and Connections to Children's Sense of Identity
20092015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorA Study into Aboriginal Adult Learners Perceptions of the Effects of the Learning Environment on Motivation and Metacognition
20092017PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorIntentional Teaching Practices of Educators and the Development of Creative Thought Processes in Young Children Within Early Childhood Centres

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2012PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorIdentity Transitions and the Project of the Self: A Symbolic Interactionist Exploration of Life Histories of Former Members of New Religious Movements
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Dr Margot Ford

Work Phone(02) 4349 4413
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Early Childhood/Primary
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HO1.07,
Humanities Building,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/margot-ford