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Emeritus Professor Stephen Crump

Conjoint Professor

School of Education

The virtual classroom - opening up our eyes

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The virtual classroom - opening up our eyes

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Career Summary


Stephen Crump was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) and a Professor in Education at the University of Newcastle. Professor Crump led the University's strategic relationships with community, industry and business on all UON campuses, and with NSW TAFE at Ourimbah on the Central Coast and at Port Macquarie.

Professor Crump's discipline expertise is in education and public policy, leadership/ organisational development, philosophy of education and curriculum reform. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Education, the University of London [2010/11], working with senior professors on a number of projects around policy enactments, higher education reform and global change. Professor Crump has recently completed an Australian Research Council project on interactive distance e-learning in which he was the Chief Investigator.

He has led two major reports and an ARC project on Vocational Education and Training for the NSW and Commonwealth governments as well as a Taskforce into NSW matriculation certificate reforms. He has over 200 publications. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle in 2006, he held senior positions at the University of Sydney reporting to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, as well as for the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

He has been involved at grassroots level advocacy and is currently on the Regional Development Australia - Central Coast Board and the Central Coast Grammar School Board, and the Board for the World Association for Cooperative Education.

Stephen has presented to a wide range of audiences for over 25 years including keynote addresses at national conferences, individual and symposium presentations to academic and professional conferences in Australia, the United States of America, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Vietnam, England, Austria, Canada and Sweden.

He has presented invited colloquia and professional development seminars at, for example, Cambridge University, Boston University, Uppsala University - Sweden and Kings College London and the University of London 's Institute of Education. Stephen has acted as an advocate and researcher at numerous school-level meetings for both staff and parents, and presented to government departments and curriculum authorities about research and educational policy issues.

Research Expertise
* Education policy and practice * Education curriculum, policy and leadership * Social and cultural issues in education 

Stephen's key research contributions have been in education policy and practice, across various issues and contexts, focusing on curriculum, policy and leadership in a way that is a particularly relevant to social, political and cultural issues in education.

In 2003-04 , he published a major report (40,000) on outcomes-based assessment and reporting in NSW with Professor Ken Eltis. This report was called Time to Teach - Time to Learn (2003), from which the NSW Government adopted all 29 recommendations.

Between 2000 and 2004 , as first named Chief Investigator, Stephen successfully completed a $501,111 ARC SPIRT, with Bob Connell, Gordon Stanley and David Saltmarsh, on VET and equity in senior schooling based on VET in Schools reforms to the Higher School Certificate in NSW. Stephen also led a team that trialled the McGaw Green Paper recommendations for reforming Higher School Certificate in NSW (Shaping their Future). The Team's report to the HSC Taskforce was instrumental in shaping the Government's final report, Securing their Future (Aquilina, 1997), that became the driving force for improving secondary matriculation in NSW. In the 1990s, he led two major reports on Vocational Education and Training (Key Competencies) for the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

Other research projects compared school-based and private industry organisational change (with an emphasis on management and leadership - supported by an ARC Institutional Grant), and multi-sector educational initiatives in Australia and internationally.

Stephen has also worked on home-school partnerships funding by an ARC Institutional Grant, and worked with the USA League of Schools Reaching Out. He is a member of a number of international research networks, a reviewer for journals of high standing, an examiner of research theses, and an 'Ozreader' for the Australian Research Council. Research Grants and Awards 1989 - 2011 $2,127,979 (as first named Chief Investigator) (more than $2,400,000 including project costs)


  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Dip Ed), Macquarie University
  • Master of Education (Honours), University of Sydney


  • Education Technology
  • Educational Policy, Administration and management
  • Post-compulsory Education
  • Public Policy

Fields of Research

130199Education Systems not elsewhere classified15
130299Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified35
130399Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 14/02/2013PVC External RelationsUniversity of Newcastle
External Relations

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Editor - Forum of Education (Australia's oldest education journal)Forum of Education (Australia's oldest education journal)
1/10/1998 - 1/12/1998Chief Researcher NSW HSC TaskforceNSW Department of Education and Training



YearTitle / Rationale
2004ESRC International Seminar Series: Public Private Partnerships
Organisation: University of London Institute of Education Description: I was invited to present a case study of private-public finding of education in Australia that led to publication in a leading journal and inclusion of data in a recent book.


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

Chapter (6 outputs)

2011Crump SJ, 'Benefits of cooperative and work-integrated education for educational institutions', International Handbook for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education: International Perspectives of Theory, Research and Practice, WACE, Lowell, MA 287-294 (2011) [B1]
2010Crump SJ, Twyford KA, 'Opening Their Eyes : E-learning for rural and isolated communities in Australia', Rural Education for the Twenty-first Century: Identity, Place, and Community in a Globalizing World, The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania 210-231 (2010) [B1]
2010Crump SJ, 'Academic administration: Becoming involved', An Academic Life: A Handbook for New Academics, ACER Press, Camberwell, VIC 140-149 (2010) [B2]
2009Ferguson K, Seddon T, Twyford KA, Crump SJ, Hodgetts K, 'Doing place and time differently in practice', Making Schools Different: Alternative Approaches to Educating Young People, SAGE, Thousand Oaks 126-134 (2009) [B1]
2009Crump SJ, 'E-learning technologies and remote students', Making Schools Different: Alternative Approaches to Educating Young People, SAGE, Thousand Oaks 105-115 (2009) [B1]
2006Crump SJ, 'Ongoing Inequality in a ''Knowledge Economy'': Perceptions and Actions', , The ICFAI University Press, Punjagutta, (2006) [B2]
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Journal article (16 outputs)

2009Twyford KA, Crump SJ, Anderson AJ, 'Satellite lessons: Vocational education and training for isolated communities', Rural Society, 19 127-135 (2009) [C1]
2008Crump SJ, Twyford KA, Littler M, 'Interactive distance e-learning for isolated communities: The policy footprint', Education in Rural Australia, 18 39-52 (2008) [C1]
2008Crump SJ, Boylan C, 'Interactive distance e-learning for isolated communities: Starting and finishing the jigsaw', Education in Rural Australia, 18 1-25 (2008) [C1]
2008Crump SJ, Larkings M, Johntson J, Kirkby D, 'TVET on a multi-sector campus: Connecting, collaborating and capacity building on the Central Coast', VOCAL: The Australian Journal of Education and Training in Schools, 7 122-129 (2008) [C2]
2007Crump SJ, 'Changing identities and performance of post-compulsory educational providers', Australian Educational Researcher, 34 1-14 (2007) [C1]
2007Crump SJ, 'Editor - Special Edition', Australian Educational Researcher, 34 (2007) [C2]
2006Crump SJ, 'Reforming Curriculum v. Reforming Schools: Accountability and Reporting School Student Outcomes', Journal of Education, 185 61-71 (2006) [C2]
2005Crump S, Slee R, 'Robbing Public to Pay Private: Two case studies of refinancing education infrastructure in Australia', Journal of Education Policy, 20 243-258 (2005) [C1]
2005Crump S, 'Changing Times in the Classroom: Teaching as a ''crowded profession''', International Studies in Sociology of Education, 15 31-47 (2005) [C1]
2005Crump S, Stanley G, 'The Development of Vocational Education and Training in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education', Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 57 127-148 (2005) [C1]
2003Crump S, 'VET in a NSW Senior School', Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 5 57-60 (2003) [C1]
2003Riele K, Crump S, 'Ongoing inequality in a ''Knowledge Economy'': perceptions and actions', International Studies in Sociology of Education, 13 57-77 (2003) [C1]
2002Riele K, Crump S, '"Young people, education and hope:bringing VET in from the margins"', International Journal of Inclusive Education, 6 251-266 (2002) [C1]
2002Crump S, '"Being 16+:completing school, getting a job, and overcoming disadvantage".', Education and Social Justice, 4 26-32 (2002) [C1]
2001Crump S, 'Education in the Continuous Present', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 33 279-292 (2001) [C1]
2001Crump S, Ryan C, 'Managing Educational Change: issues, actions and example".', Change: Transformations in Education, 4 1-12 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (12 outputs)

2011Crump SJ, Qualters D, Karlsson K, Te Riele K, 'Transformative engagement: Three international case studies of knowledge practices in WIL/Coop', WACE 17th World Conference on Cooperative and Work Integrated Learning Abstracts, Philadelphia (2011) [E3]
2011Crump SJ, 'Crossing cultural borders: Designing and delivering interactive distance elearning', 2011 AADES National Conference, Hobart, TAS (2011) [E3]
2011Crump SJ, 'Expanding horizons : New approach to open and distance learning', 24th ICDE World Conference on Open & Distance Learning, Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia (2011) [E3]
2008Crump SJ, 'Opening our eyes: E-learning for isolated Australians', Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Vienna, Austria (2008) [E1]
2008Crump SJ, 'Work, education and knowledge: A case study of educational partnerships and pathways', WACE Asia Pacific Conference: E-Proceedings, Manly, NSW (2008) [E1]
2007Crump SJ, 'Work, education and validated knowledge: Australian policy and experience', International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL5). Papers, Cape Town, South Africa (2007) [E1]
2007Crump SJ, Williams A, 'Regional campuses and regional development. The University of Newcastle - Central Coast 'Examining Expectations'', Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit: 5th Annual Higher Education Summit. Presentations, Melbourne (2007) [E2]
2007Crump SJ, Larkins M, Mills M, 'VET in a multi-sector context: Strengthening the Central Coast Region', NCVER "No Frills" Conference: 16th National Vocational Research Training Conference. Papers, Alice Springs, ACT (2007) [E2]
2005Crump S, Stanley G, 'Integrating VET into the Senior School: research findings on linear and non-linear pathways as policy paradox",', AARE Conference Paper Abstracts - 2005, Sydney (2005) [E1]
2004Crump S, 'Redefining VET in schools: advancing the middle classes?', -, Yeppoon, Queensland (2004) [E1]
2004Crump S, '"Providing Access to Further and Higher Education in Regional Communities: The cart or the horse?"', -, Yeppoon (2004) [E1]
2003Crump S, 'Learning and Leadership: Enriching Post-Compulsory Curriculum through VET', Enriching learning cultures: 11th International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training, Gold Coast (2003) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

2009Crump SJ, Twyford KA, Anderson AJ, Towers L, Devlin B, Hutchinson A, ''Opening Our Eyes': Project Report : Australian Research Council Linkage Project on Interactive Distance eLearning', Australian Research Council, 32 (2009) [R1]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants5
Total funding$709,000

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20091 grants / $15,000

Improving access to patient education and health education in regional and remote Australia$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Stephen Crump
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
Type Of FundingInternal

20063 grants / $210,000

Interactive Distance E-Learning for Isolated Communities: 'Opening Our Eyes'$75,000

Funding body: Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training

Funding bodyNorthern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Stephen Crump
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State

Interactive Distance E-Learning for Isolated Communities: 'Opening Our Eyes'$75,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding bodyNSW Department of Education and Training
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Stephen Crump
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State

Interactive Distance E-Learning for Isolated Communities: 'Opening Our Eyes'$60,000

Funding body: Optus

Funding bodyOptus
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Stephen Crump
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government

20051 grants / $484,000

Interactive Distance E-Learning for Isolated Communities: 'Opening Our Eyes'$484,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Stephen Crump, Associate Professor Brian Devlin
SchemeLinkage Projects
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth

Emeritus Professor Stephen Crump


Conjoint Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Emeritus Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

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