Professor Max Smith

Professor

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

I commenced as Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle at the start of 2012 following a 36 year career with the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC). My appointment as professor followed a long association with the University of Newcastle as a Masters student (1988-1991) and PhD student (1992-1996), several long-term research engagements with academics in the School of Education here, and my appointment as Conjoint Professor in the School of Education (2008-2011). I am a proud alumnist and I feel strongly committed to Newcastle and will work to strengthen this great regional university.

Originally a secondary social sciences and computing studies teacher serving mostly in rural schools, I held a series of senior departmental positions in the areas of quality assurance, assessment and evaluation, school accountability and improvement, research management and strategic initiatives.

I have strong professional interest and ongoing research commitments across a variety of public policy contexts. I am a foundation member of the newly established Teachers and Teaching research program at Newcastle supporting teacher professional learning and innovative curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment with particular emphasis on quality, equity and technology in Education.

 My current research engagements include holding roles as:

  • Chief Investigator on an ARC study of educational and career Aspirations in the middle years of schooling  now entering its third year
  • Chief Investigator on the ARC funded population-based NSW Longitudinal Child Development Study now entering its third year
  • Associate Investigator on a newly funded NHMRC project to identify targets for primary school mental health interventions using population data commencing in 2014
  • Chief Investigator in the Microsoft International Innovation in Teaching and Learning (ITL) project now in its final phases
  • Lead Chief Investigator on the project to evaluate the NSW State Volunteering Strategy including the innovative Timebanking and Pathways to Employment flagship programs

 I am currently supervising 13 Research Higher Degree students studying different aspects of innovative teaching and learning; school leadership; educational reform; and innovative public policy. Topic areas include projects on Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) and teaching standards; student aspirations through the middle years of schooling; projects on quality assurance in Vietnamese schools and universities in the Philippines; school ethos and school-based management; policy entrepreneurship; and, the educational impact of sleep disorders in children. The unifying theme across this seemingly diverse set of projects is about understanding the ways in which professional learning and innovative policy practice impact on whole system reform.     

My teaching includes courses in research methods and evidence-based practice in education in the Masters of Educational Studies and Masters of Leadership and Management in Education programs. I direct my efforts as a teacher to building capacity and usage of informed professional judgement (professional judgement informed by good evidence) and see this as the critical element needed in the leadership of contemporary systems and schools.

Research Expertise
Professor Smith has a strong interest in quantitative research and evidence-based practice in education. This includes the place of empirically based research in mixed methods designs. He is a foundation member of the Teachers and Teaching research program at Newcastle developing and refining aspects of Quality Teaching and assessment, and supporting teacher professional learning and leadership development. Most recently he has been involved in researching Quality Teaching Rounds; students’ post school aspirations; child development and the linkage of school and early childhood data; and, the impact of innovative public policy on system reform.

Collaborations
Professor Max Smith’s professional and research interests focus on issues of whole system reform in school education and broader public policy. He has a great belief in teacher professional development as the vehicle for reform and was an industry partner representative in the research validating the NSW model of pedagogy known as Quality Teaching with Professors Gore and Ladwig and their associates. His current research interests include projects to validate the use of Quality Teaching Rounds; technology-based teaching and learning; and, tracking the growth of student aspirations through the middle years of schooling. Research activities in the broader field of public policy include leadership roles in: the NSW Child Development study with the University of New South Wales and NSW Health, Education and Community Services; NSW policy on volunteering including the highly innovative Timebanking trial with the University of Wollongong and the NSW Office of Communities; and, cross-faculty research engagement with academics in Education and Psychology around student attitudes to the study of mathematics and statistics in the first year of university.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Education), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of New England
  • Diploma in Education, University of New England
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Assessment and evaluation in Education
  • Child development
  • Evidence-based practice in Education
  • Pedagogy in the 21st Century
  • Policy innovation and reform
  • Professional learning and leadership in Education
  • Quantitative research methods in Education

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160506Education Policy20
130299Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified40
130399Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/07/2011 - 16/12/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
12/10/2009 - 20/10/2009EvaluatorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2012 - 1/01/2014Deputy Head of School, Research DevelopmentUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/01/2008 - 1/12/2011Conjoint ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/01/2008 - 1/12/2009DirectorDepartment of Education and Training, NSW
Strategic Initiatives
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2008Assistant DirectorDepartment of Education and Training, NSW
Educational Measurement & School Accountability
Australia
1/01/2000 - 1/12/2005Chief Education OfficerDepartment of Education and Training, NSW
Systems, Data Analysis and Regional Support
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/12/1999School Improvement OfficerDepartment of School Education, NSW
Australia
1/01/1996 - 1/12/1999Principal Policy AnalystDepartment of School Education, NSW
School Accountability and Improvement
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2009 - 1/01/2012Senior ManagerDepartment of Education and Training, NSW
Student Engagement and Program Evaluation Bureau
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Southgate E, Albright J, 'Socioeconomic status and the career aspirations of Australian school students: Testing enduring assumptions', The Australian Educational Researcher, 155-177 (2015)
DOI10.1007/s13384-015-0172-5
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsErica Southgate, Kathryn Holmes, Jenny Gore, James Albright
2015Watts S, Holbrook A, Smith MW, 'Policy entrepreneurs and the role of advanced cognition in policy innovation', Australian Journal of Business and Economic Studies, 1 18-27 (2015)
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook
2014Shaw K, Holmes K, Preston GD, Smith MW, Bourke SF, 'Innovative Teaching and Learning: Part two. Spotlight on Practice', Scan: The journal for educators, 33 29-38 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsSid Bourke, Kathryn Holmes, Greg Preston, Kylie Shaw
2014Shaw K, Holmes K, Preston GD, Smith MW, Bourke SF, 'Innovative Teaching and Learning: From research to practice. Part one', Scan: The journal for educators, 33 19-28 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsKathryn Holmes, Sid Bourke, Greg Preston, Kylie Shaw
2014Shaw K, Holmes K, Preston GD, Smith MW, Bourke SF, 'Innovative Teaching and Learning: From research to practice. Part one', Scan: The journal for educators, 33 19-28 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsSid Bourke, Kylie Shaw, Greg Preston, Kathryn Holmes
2013Holmes KA, Bourke SF, Preston GD, Shaw KM, Smith MW, 'Supporting innovation in teaching: What are the key contextual factors?', International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, 1 85-102 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsKylie Shaw, Greg Preston, Kathryn Holmes, Sid Bourke
1992Smith M, Bourke S, 'Teacher stress: Examining a model based on context, workload, and satisfaction', Teaching and Teacher Education, 8 31-46 (1992)
DOI10.1016/0742-051X(92)90038-5
CitationsScopus - 34Web of Science - 27
Co-authorsSid Bourke
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Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Watts S, Holbrook A, Smith MW, 'Policy entrepreneurs and the role of advanced cognition in policy innovation', Proceedings of the Australian Academy of Business and Social Sciences Conference 2014 (in partnership with the Journal of Developing Areas), Kuala Lumpur (2014) [E1]
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook
2014Gore J, Southgate E, Holmes K, Smith M, Albright J, Ellis H, Berger N, 'On the relationship between socio-economic status and educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsJames Albright, Nathan Berger, Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes, Erica Southgate
2013Gore J, Smith M, Holmes K, Albright J, Southgate E, Berger N, Ellis H, '"I want to be a teacher because I like bossing people around." An initial cross-sectional analysis of student data from the Aspirations Longitudinal Study', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsJenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes, Erica Southgate, James Albright, Nathan Berger
2013Shaw K, Preston GD, Bourke S, Holmes K, Smith M, 'Innovative Teaching Practices: School leader and teacher beliefs in five Australian Secondary Schools', Responsible Teaching and Sustainable Learning, Munich, Germany (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsKathryn Holmes, Greg Preston, Kylie Shaw, Sid Bourke
2013Preston GD, Shaw K, Holmes K, Bourke S, Smith M, 'School Characteristics, teacher beliefs and innovative teaching practice', Responsible Teachingand Sustainable Learning, Munich, Germany (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsGreg Preston, Sid Bourke, Kathryn Holmes, Kylie Shaw
2012Albright JJ, Gore JM, Smith MW, Southgate EL, Holmes KA, Ellis H, 'Operationalising educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsJames Albright, Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes, Erica Southgate
2012Albright JJ, Gore JM, Smith MW, Southgate EL, Holmes KA, Ellis H, 'Conceptualising educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsKathryn Holmes, Erica Southgate, James Albright, Jenny Gore
2012Mhalila JJ, Holbrook AP, Shaw KM, Smith MW, 'Conceptualizing 'synergy' in higher education policy processes', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsKylie Shaw, Allyson Holbrook
2012Shaw KM, Holmes KA, Preston GD, Smith MW, 'LEAP21 professional learning in Australia', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsKathryn Holmes, Greg Preston, Kylie Shaw
2012Shaw KM, Holmes KA, Preston GD, Smith MW, Bourke SF, 'Exploring 21C teaching practices in schools through ITL dimensions', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsSid Bourke, Kathryn Holmes, Kylie Shaw, Greg Preston
2012Smith MW, Gore JM, Albright JJ, Southgate EL, Holmes KA, Ellis H, 'Contextualising variations in educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsErica Southgate, Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes, James Albright
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Smith MW, Bell J, Bright J, 'Measuring student self-efficacy to enhance school to work processes : the development of a large-scale on-line survey instrument', Leading and Managing ( issue.2 pp.119-134): ACEL (2005)

Report (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Smith M, Holbrook A, Lyons K, Macneil J, Forster D, Clement N, et al., 'Evaluation of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2012-13. Final Report: Timebanking Trial', The NSW Office of Communities (2014) [R1]
Co-authorsKevin Lyons, Allyson Holbrook, Johanna Macneil, Daniella Forster
2013Shaw K, Bourke S, Holmes K, Preston GD, Smith M, 'ITL Australia: Innovative Teaching and Learning- 2013', NSW Department of Communities/ Microsoft, 101 (2013) [R1]
Co-authorsSid Bourke, Kathryn Holmes, Greg Preston, Kylie Shaw
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$2,001,771

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20151 grants / $10,000

Evaluation of the Just Like You disability awareness program in NSW Schools$10,000

Funding body: Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Funding bodyCerebral Palsy Alliance
Project TeamProfessor Max Smith, Professor John Fischetti, Associate Professor Ian Dempsey, Mr Adam Lloyd
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500678
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20145 grants / $840,150

Improving teaching quality through peer observation and feedback: an investigation of the impact of Quality Teaching Rounds $730,433

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Funding bodyNSW Department of Education and Communities
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Ms Julie Bowe, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Nicole Mockler, Professor David Lubans
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400499
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Choosing university: The impact of schools and schooling$68,717

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding bodyNational Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith, Mr Andrew Lyell, Mr Hywel Ellis
SchemeResearch Grants Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400566
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Teachers and Teaching$30,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeResearch Programme 2014
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400926
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

The Changing World of Volunteerism: Challenges and Opportunities$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Daniella Forster
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400125
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

AARE-NZARE Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 30 November - 4 December.$1,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Max Smith
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401247
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $750

AARE 2013 (Australian Association for Research in Education), Hilton Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013$750

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamProfessor Max Smith
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301064
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20125 grants / $1,090,871

Targeting educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling: Understanding complexity for increased equity$634,880

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Professor Jim Albright, Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith, Mrs Michelle Heaney, Frank Potter
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100473
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Targeting educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling: Understanding complexity for increased equity$379,991

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding bodyNSW Department of Education and Training
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Professor Jim Albright, Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100711
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Evaluation of the Flagship Projects for the NSW volunteering Strategy$60,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Funding bodyNSW Department of Education and Communities
Project TeamProfessor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Doctor Daniella Forster
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200610
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Investigating Quality Teaching Rounds to support teacher professional learning$11,000

Funding body: ACT Department of Education and Training

Funding bodyACT Department of Education and Training
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Ms Julie Bowe, Doctor Nicole Mockler, Professor Max Smith
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200010
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Investigating 'rounds' to support teacher professional learning$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Jennifer Gore, Ms Julie Bowe, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101164
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $60,000

The NSW Child Development Study$60,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Vaughan Carr, Professor Kristin Laurens, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Rhoshel Lenroot, Associate Professor Sally Brinkman, Doctor Miles Bore, Dr Elizabeth Maloney, Professor Max Smith, Mr Robert Stevens, Associate Professor John Allan
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1200213
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014"What if Compulsory Education was a 21st Century Invention" - Schooling Scenarios of the Future through a Counter-Factual Analysis.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014Innovative Public Policy in Education - An Understanding of the Issues Through Exploring Approaches to Increased School Anatomy in the Australian Context
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014To study the Feasibility of Alternative Models to support School Education in the 21st Century: Possible ways forward using business model thinking
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013The Impact of School-Based Management Reform on Principal Leadership in New South Wales Public Secondary Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Educational and Career Aspirations in the Middle Years of Schooling
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012Educational and Career Aspirations in the Middle Years of Schooling: An Exploration of Factors Influencing Students' Futures, in a Contemporary Australian Context
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012Quality Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Upper Secondary Schools in Hatinh Province in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012An Investigation of the Learning Attributes and Meta-Cognition of Innovative Policy Entrepreneurs
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012Critical Reflections on the Current Debate Regarding the Effects of Explicit and Implicit Instruction on Linguistic Pragmatic Development and its Implications for Vietnamese EFL University Students
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012An Exploration of Factors Which Affect the Christian Ethos of Christian Schools: A Case Study
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012The Correlation of School Leadership Behaviours with Student Educational and Career Aspirations
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Masks and Education: A study of masks in the teaching of Drama and Theatre Studies in the Australian Secondary Curriculum
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011The Critical Work of Teaching: Changing Minds, Changing Practice
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010A Mixed Methods Investigation that Explores the Synergy Between University-Based Higher Educational Researchers and Government Higher Education Policy Makers in Australia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2009The Development of Professional Standards for Bachelor of Special Education Programs in Saudi Arabia Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Teachers and Teaching Research Program

Teachers and teaching

May 15, 2014

University of Newcastle research program, Teachers and Teaching, proves collaboration is the key to success in teaching and research.

Professor Max Smith

Position

Professor
Teachers and Teaching
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Emailmaxwell.smith@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 49854957
Mobile0413009366
Fax(02) 4921 7887

Office

RoomHC50
BuildingHunter Building.
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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