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Emeritus Professor Stephen Crump

Conjoint Professor

School of Education

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

Code Description Percentage
130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified 15
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified 35
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

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



Year Title / Rationale
2004 ESRC 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Crump 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]
2010 Crump 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]
2010 Crump SJ, 'Academic administration: Becoming involved', An Academic Life: A Handbook for New Academics, ACER Press, Camberwell, VIC 140-149 (2010) [B2]
2009 Ferguson 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]
2009 Crump SJ, 'E-learning technologies and remote students', Making Schools Different: Alternative Approaches to Educating Young People, SAGE, Thousand Oaks 105-115 (2009) [B1]
2006 Crump 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Twyford KA, Crump SJ, Anderson AJ, 'Satellite lessons: Vocational education and training for isolated communities', Rural Society, 19 127-135 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2008 Crump SJ, Twyford KA, Littler M, 'Interactive distance e-learning for isolated communities: The policy footprint', Education in Rural Australia, 18 39-52 (2008) [C1]
2008 Crump SJ, Boylan C, 'Interactive distance e-learning for isolated communities: Starting and finishing the jigsaw', Education in Rural Australia, 18 1-25 (2008) [C1]
2008 Crump 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]
2007 Crump SJ, 'Changing identities and performance of post-compulsory educational providers', Australian Educational Researcher, 34 1-14 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/BF03216862
2007 Crump SJ, 'Editor - Special Edition', Australian Educational Researcher, 34 (2007) [C2]
2006 Crump SJ, 'Reforming Curriculum v. Reforming Schools: Accountability and Reporting School Student Outcomes', Journal of Education, 185 61-71 (2006) [C2]
2005 Crump 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]
DOI 10.1080/0268093052000341430
2005 Crump S, 'Changing Times in the Classroom: Teaching as a ''crowded profession''', International Studies in Sociology of Education, 15 31-47 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09620210500200130
2005 Crump 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]
2003 Crump S, 'VET in a NSW Senior School', Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 5 57-60 (2003) [C1]
2003 Riele K, Crump S, 'Ongoing inequality in a ''Knowledge Economy'': perceptions and actions', International Studies in Sociology of Education, 13 57-77 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09620210300200103
2002 Riele K, Crump S, '"Young people, education and hope:bringing VET in from the margins"', International Journal of Inclusive Education, 6 251-266 (2002) [C1]
2002 Crump S, '"Being 16+:completing school, getting a job, and overcoming disadvantage".', Education and Social Justice, 4 26-32 (2002) [C1]
2001 Crump S, 'Education in the Continuous Present', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 33 279-292 (2001) [C1]
2001 Crump 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Crump 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 (2011) [E3]
2011 Crump SJ, 'Crossing cultural borders: Designing and delivering interactive distance elearning', 2011 AADES National Conference (2011) [E3]
2011 Crump SJ, 'Expanding horizons : New approach to open and distance learning', 24th ICDE World Conference on Open & Distance Learning (2011) [E3]
2008 Crump SJ, 'Opening our eyes: E-learning for isolated Australians', Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (2008) [E1]
2008 Crump SJ, 'Work, education and knowledge: A case study of educational partnerships and pathways', WACE Asia Pacific Conference: E-Proceedings (2008) [E1]
2007 Crump SJ, 'Work, education and validated knowledge: Australian policy and experience', International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL5). Papers (2007) [E1]
2007 Crump 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 (2007) [E2]
2007 Crump 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 (2007) [E2]
2005 Crump 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 (2005) [E1]
2004 Crump S, 'Redefining VET in schools: advancing the middle classes?', - (2004) [E1]
2004 Crump S, '"Providing Access to Further and Higher Education in Regional Communities: The cart or the horse?"', - (2004) [E1]
2003 Crump S, 'Learning and Leadership: Enriching Post-Compulsory Curriculum through VET', Enriching learning cultures: 11th International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training (2003) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Crump 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]

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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