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Dr Tom Griffiths

Senior Lecturer

School of Education (Education)

Changing the world through life's lessons

Dr Tom Griffiths's research is a means to a rather significant end.

a world of new ideas

As program leader of the Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle (CIEGUN), Tom is out to change the world, or at least "to contribute to the process of transformation".

"The most important purpose of education, is its potential to prepare populations with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to transform the capitalist world-system, in which we are currently living, in favour of a more democratic, just, equal and peaceful alternative system," Tom says.

CIEGUN emerged from work in the Comparative and International Education field by Tom and his colleague Dr Zsuzsa Millei.

Tom's research in the comparative field began with a PhD thesis that advanced a world-systems historical analysis of secondary schooling in Cuba from 1959 to 1989.

Zsuzsa extended her doctoral work on early childhood education in Australia by comparing it to the kindergarten system in socialist Hungary. She "was similarly engaged in analyses that explore local and national ideologies, practices, and their connections with broader historical phenomena," Tom explains.

The pair later worked on a co-edited volume (Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, politics & possibilities) that included some comparative and international analysis, and extended this analysis with a co-edited book (Logics of socialist education: Engaging with crisis, insecurity and uncertainty).

They also guest edited a special issue of a journal, Globalisation, Societies and Education, on Education in / for socialism: Historical, current and future perspectives.  

"The recruitment of two comparative and international researchers to (UoN's) School of Education in 2011/12, Stephanie Bengtsson and Nisha Thapliyal, helped to achieve a critical mass of scholars working in the field," Tom explains.

"We identified some common ground with respect to analyses of challenges to dominant educational policy, including challenges advanced by social and political movements, parties, and ideologies.  And Linda Newman's long-standing work in Chile on community-based reform of early childhood education saw her join the group."

CIEGUN has expanded to include RHD candidates working directly with CIEGUN academics, and collaborations with other UoN colleagues across faculties interested in comparative and international research, and with international colleagues in Venezuela, Hungary, South Africa, India, Norway, Denmark, the UK and the USA.  

Tom says the main aim of the group is to "advance comparative and international research that has a critical edge from a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches".

"By critical edge I mean research that critiques dominant educational policy within a broad social justice framework that sees education as a mechanism for creating and facilitating alternatives.

"The scope here is deliberately broad to include, under the CIEGUN umbrella, policy analysis across various levels of scale (local, national, regional, international/global), time (historical, contemporary and prospective), educational sectors (early childhood through to post-school), and theoretical perspectives.

Tom is forthright about his motivation.

"It comes primarily from an understanding of capitalism as a historical world-system, and the contributions that systems of mass education have made to its functional operation over time; and the accompanying need to develop contemporary anti-systemic movements that are pursuing transitions toward more just, peaceful, equal and democratic alternatives," he says.

"I think there is something like a consensus globally that mass education ought to play a role in preparing populations to meet contemporary challenges like climate change, poverty, and sustainable development, in ways that can deliver lasting, peaceful and democratic solutions."

a world of new ideas

Changing the world through life's lessons

Dr Tom Griffiths's research is a means to a rather significant end.

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Career Summary

Biography

My academic background is in secondary school teaching (English/History), and a PhD completed in 1998: "A history of secondary school education in revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1991: A world-systems approach". This research reflects my primary research interests in world-systems analysis, and the transition of the current capitalist world-system to an uncertain future. Applying this theorising to the field of comparative and international education, I am concerned with exploring the actual and potential contribution of systems of mass education to the task of imagining and building an alternative, more democratic, equal and just alternative.

Research Expertise
My research expertise centres on comparative educational analyses, including historical and contemporary explorations of policy and practice in context, linked to a world-system level theoretical approach to systems of mass education, their structure, curricula and development. My current research has two main trajectories: 1) developing world-systems analysis as a theoretical framework for the field of comparative and international education; and 2) the study of socialist education projects, in Cuba and more recently, Venezuela, informed by this framework. This work has been published in national and international journals, with recent articles on both these cases (see research outputs). One of my most significant contribution to the field of comparative education is in the development and application of world-systems analysis to challenge comparative and national case-study accounts of mass schooling. In particular, this research argues that cases like socialist Cuba, and Cuban schooling, must be understood in terms of the single capitalist world-economy of which it remained and remains a part, and that this participation historically brought decisive economic and cultural influences and constraints over the structures, content, practices and functions of Cuban schooling.

Teaching Expertise
In 2007 I was awarded the University of Newcastle's "Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence" for early career academics for my teaching in 2006. The citation for this award read: "Tom Griffiths is a Lecturer in the School of Education. He brings a sophisticated perspective to his teaching that stimulates and challenges his students. He prompts them to think outside the square and to consider the relationship between education and social justice. His commitment to these principles, reflected in his research and teaching practice, is producing informed, reflective graduates with a deep understanding of our world and their future role as educators in society. Dr Tom Griffiths' contribution to tomorrow's teachers is invaluable." My teaching focus aligns with my research: 1) Work in the comparative and international education field, focused on the development of systems of mass education as a global phenomenon, and the interaction between world-level cultural and economic influences and national (and local) contexts in this process. 2) Sociology and politics of education that explores the current and historical socio-economic and political contexts in which formal school education has developed, as a way to investigate the functions and outcomes of school education for different groups in society. This expertise extends to the consideration of educational structures, organisation, teaching and assessment practice, and curriculum.

Administrative Expertise
Since taking up my current position in 2004 I have held the following positions with a significant administrative component: Elected academic staff member of University Council, September 2010 - present. Director, International, School of Education, January 2012 - present. Deputy Head of School (Research Development), 2008-2011, Chairing the School of Education Research Development Committee, and with all associated Faculty wide committee responsibilites. Member of the University Human Research Ethics Committee and Faculty Research Ethics Advisor (2008-09) School of Education Equity Officer School of Education International Student Officer Member of the School of Education Timetables and Workload Committee Member of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Newcastle Branch Executive. Executive member, Treasurer, and Vice-President of the NTEU Newcastle Branch.

Collaborations
My current research has two primary trajectories: 1) developing world-systems analysis as a theoretical framework for the field of comparative and international education; and 2) the study of mass education in and for socialism, in Cuba and more recently, Venezuela, informed by this framework. I am interested in collaborating with others whose research cuts across these broad themes, including those working on Latin American politics and educational reforms, and on those interested in the relationship between education and socialism. To that end I have collaborated with others on co-authored publications in this respect (see research publications), and special panel presentations at international conferences. Most recently, I co-edited a book on this topic: Griffiths, T. G., & Millei, Z. (Eds.). (2013). Logics of Socialist Education: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty. Dordrecht: Springer; and co-authored (with Robert Imre): Griffiths, T. G., & Imre, R. (2013). Mass Education, Global Capital, and the World: The Theoretical Lenses of István Mészáros and Immanuel Wallerstein. New York: Palgrave.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Comparative Education
  • Comparative and international education
  • Contexts of Teaching
  • Education and social change
  • Latin America
  • Pedagogy
  • Wallerstein
  • World-Systems Analysis
  • socialism

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education 70
220202 History and Philosophy of Education 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2013 -  President Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES)
Australia
1/10/2010 -  Elected academic staff member University of Newcastle Council
Australia
1/02/2009 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Australia
1/02/2008 -  Deputy Head of School - Research Development University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
10/02/2007 -  Vice President National Tertiary Education Union, Newcastle Branch
Australia
1/02/2004 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2000 - 1/01/2004 Research Associate / Assistant University of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - World Congress of Comparative Education Societies World Congress of Comparative Education Societies
Australia
Member - Australia Association of Educational Research Australia Association of Educational Research
Australia
Member - Australia and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society Australia and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society
Australia

Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2007 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
University of Newcastle
1994 University Medal
University of Newcastle

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2010 El análisis sistema-mundo de Immauel Wallerstein en la educación comparada
Organisation: Universidad Central de Venezuela Description: Invitation to present a keynote address to the XII Jornadas de Investigación Educativa (XII Congress of Educational Research) at the Central University of Caracas, April 2010

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2010 Institute of Education
Organisation: University of London Description: Review of book proposal: 'New Labour, education policies and the neo-liberal agenda: a challenge to social justice and democracy'
2006 The nature of the workforce in Preschool / Kindergarten and Long Day Care services in each state and territory
Organisation: Hunter Institute of Mental Health Description: Invited consultancy to prepare a report on the nature of the workforce in Preschool / Kindergarten and Long Day Care services in each state and territory. The subequent report was used by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health as a discussion paper within a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Early Intervention Services for Parents, Children and Youth.
2005 Education Connect: Occasional Papers About Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Education
Organisation: Hunter Institute of Mental Health Description: Invited Editor of Education Connect: Occasional Papers About Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Education, published by Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2010 El análisis sistema-mundo y la educación comparada
Organisation: Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela Description: Invited public seminar on comparative education and world-systems analysis, May 12, 2010.
2010 Educación masiva y socialismo: Una perspectiva del sistema-mundo
Organisation: Institute of Advanced Studies / Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA) Description: Invited lecture on mass education and socialism from a world-systems perspective.
2009 Anti-Capitalist Education and Education for Equality in Venezuela
Organisation: University of Northampton Description: Invited seminar presentation to the Education Studies Research Group, School of Education, University of Northampton, February 2009.
2008 History of mass education in Australia
Organisation: Universidad Nacional Experimental de la Fuerzas Armadas Description: Invited seminar presentation to the Universidad Nacional Experimental de la Fuerzas Armadas (National Experimental University of the Armed Forces) in Caracas, Venezuela, September 2008
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Publications

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

Highlighted Publications

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Griffiths TG, Imre R, Mass Education, Global Capital, and the World: The Theoretical Lenses of Istvan Meszaros and Immanuel Wallerstein, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 201 (2013) [A1]


DOI 10.1057/9781137014825
Co-authors Robert Imre
2013 Griffiths TG, Millei Z, Logics of Socialist Education: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty, Springer, Dordrecht, 210 (2013) [A3]

Co-authors Zsuzsanna Millei
2014 Griffiths T, Connor T, Robertson B, Phelan L, 'Is Mayfield Pool saved yet? Community assets and their contingent, discursive foundations', Community Development Journal, 49 280-294 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/cdj/bst039
Co-authors Tim Connor, Liam Phelan
2015 Griffiths TG, Arnove RF, 'World culture in the capitalist world-system in transition', Globalisation, Societies and Education, 13 88-108 (2015)

World culture theory (WCT) offers an explanatory framework for macro-level comparative analyses of systems of mass education, including their structures, accompanying policies and... [more]

World culture theory (WCT) offers an explanatory framework for macro-level comparative analyses of systems of mass education, including their structures, accompanying policies and their curricular and pedagogical practices. WCT has contributed to broader efforts to overcome methodological nationalism in comparative research. In this paper, we acknowledge the contributions of world culture theory in these terms, but develop the case for an alternative explanatory framework ¿ world-systems analysis (WSA) ¿ rooted in the historical development and contemporary crises of the capitalist world-economy. This case is built on two major points of critique of world culture theory: first, that its consensus orientation is inadequate for a macro-level accounting of social reality; and second, that its analysis of the economic functions of mass education, in isolation from the capitalist world-economy, further weakens its explanatory power. Working from this critique, we elaborate the capacity of world-systems analysis to overcome these shortcomings by providing a more comprehensive, historical perspective. This alternative approach incorporates the identification and analysis of shared cultural understandings underpinning policy and institutional practice, linked to the development of the capitalist world-economy. We conclude this paper by affirming the value of WSA as an alternative approach for comparative research, and its potential contribution to the development of more enlightened educational policy and a more just and democratic world-system.

DOI 10.1080/14767724.2014.967488
Citations Scopus - 1

Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Griffiths TG, Imre R, Mass Education, Global Capital, and the World: The Theoretical Lenses of Istvan Meszaros and Immanuel Wallerstein, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 201 (2013) [A1]


DOI 10.1057/9781137014825
Co-authors Robert Imre
2013 Griffiths TG, Millei Z, Logics of Socialist Education: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty, Springer, Dordrecht, 210 (2013) [A3]

Co-authors Zsuzsanna Millei
2010 Millei Z, Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, Re-Theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics, and Possibilities, Peter Lang Publishing, New York, NY, 192 (2010) [A3]

Co-authors Robert Parkes, Zsuzsanna Millei

Chapter (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Connor T, Robertson B, Griffiths TG, Phelan L, 'Swimming against the neoliberal tide: The campaign to save Mayfield pool', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney 232-239 (2015)
Co-authors Tim Connor, Liam Phelan
2015 Hopkinson S, Griffiths TG, 'Neville Cunningham: Communist rebel, radical, activist and intellectual', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney 240-247 (2015)
2013 Griffiths TG, 'Higher education for socialism in Venezuela: Massification, development and transformation', Logics of Socialist Education: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty, Springer, Dordrecht 91-109 (2013) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-4728-9_6
2013 Griffiths TG, Millei Z, 'Introduction: Discovering and negotiating Socialist educational logics under post-Socialist conditions', Logics of Socialist Education: Engaging with Crisis, Insecurity and Uncertainty, Springer, Dordrecht 1-18 (2013) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-4728-9_1
Co-authors Zsuzsanna Millei
2010 Imre R, Millei Z, Griffiths TG, 'Utopia/dystopia: Where do we go with 'discipline'?', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 160-174 (2010) [B1]
Co-authors Robert Imre, Zsuzsanna Millei
2010 Millei Z, Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, 'Continuing the conversation about discipline as a problem? A conclusion', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 175-179 (2010) [B1]
Co-authors Zsuzsanna Millei, Robert Parkes
2010 Millei Z, Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, 'Opening the field: Deliberating over discipline', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 1-12 (2010) [B1]
Co-authors Zsuzsanna Millei, Robert Parkes
2010 Griffiths TG, Imre R, 'Classroom discipline. A local Kantian?', Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, Politics & Possibilities, Peter Lang, Bern 146-159 (2010) [B1]
Co-authors Robert Imre
2003 Griffiths TG, Ladwig JG, 'Meritocracy and the Competitive Individual: The Australian Case', Adolescent Facing the Educational Politics of the 21st Century: Comparative survey on five national ccases and three welfare models, Finnish Educational REsearch Association, Finland 235-266 (2003) [B1]
Co-authors James Ladwig
2001 Morrison KA, Griffiths TG, Ladwig JG, 'Australian Teachers: Educational governance and its relationship with social inclusion and exclusion', Upsala Reports on Education 37 - November, Department of Education, Upsala University, Sweden 51-74 (2001) [B2]
Co-authors James Ladwig
2001 Griffiths TG, Morrison KA, Ladwig JG, 'Australian systems actors speaks: New (and old) mechanisms and constructions of old (and new) levels of social exclusions', Upsala Reports on Education 37 - November, Department of Education, Upsala University, Sweden 27-50 (2001) [B2]
Co-authors James Ladwig
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Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Griffiths TG, Arnove RF, 'World culture in the capitalist world-system in transition', Globalisation, Societies and Education, 13 88-108 (2015)

World culture theory (WCT) offers an explanatory framework for macro-level comparative analyses of systems of mass education, including their structures, accompanying policies and... [more]

World culture theory (WCT) offers an explanatory framework for macro-level comparative analyses of systems of mass education, including their structures, accompanying policies and their curricular and pedagogical practices. WCT has contributed to broader efforts to overcome methodological nationalism in comparative research. In this paper, we acknowledge the contributions of world culture theory in these terms, but develop the case for an alternative explanatory framework ¿ world-systems analysis (WSA) ¿ rooted in the historical development and contemporary crises of the capitalist world-economy. This case is built on two major points of critique of world culture theory: first, that its consensus orientation is inadequate for a macro-level accounting of social reality; and second, that its analysis of the economic functions of mass education, in isolation from the capitalist world-economy, further weakens its explanatory power. Working from this critique, we elaborate the capacity of world-systems analysis to overcome these shortcomings by providing a more comprehensive, historical perspective. This alternative approach incorporates the identification and analysis of shared cultural understandings underpinning policy and institutional practice, linked to the development of the capitalist world-economy. We conclude this paper by affirming the value of WSA as an alternative approach for comparative research, and its potential contribution to the development of more enlightened educational policy and a more just and democratic world-system.

DOI 10.1080/14767724.2014.967488
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Griffiths T, Connor T, Robertson B, Phelan L, 'Is Mayfield Pool saved yet? Community assets and their contingent, discursive foundations', Community Development Journal, 49 280-294 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/cdj/bst039
Co-authors Tim Connor, Liam Phelan
2013 Griffiths TG, 'Cuban youth & revolutionary values: educating the new socialist citizen', EDUCATIONAL REVIEW, 65 116-118 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/00131911.2011.634155
2013 Griffiths TG, Millei Z, 'Education in/for socialism: historical, current and future perspectives', Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11 161-169 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/14767724.2013.783312
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Zsuzsanna Millei
2011 Griffiths TG, 'El análisis sistema-mundo y el estudio educativo: Investigación para un mundo incierto', Diálogo de Saberes, 2 105-121 (2011) [C1]
2011 Griffiths TG, 'World-systems analysis and comparative education for an uncertain future', International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 10 20-33 (2011) [C1]
2010 Griffiths TG, Knezevic LA, 'Wallerstein's world-systems analysis in comparative education: A case study', Prospects, 40 447-463 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11125-010-9168-0
Citations Scopus - 3
2010 Griffiths TG, 'Schooling for twenty-first-century socialism: Venezuela's Bolivarian project', Compare, 40 607-622 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03057920903434897
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2010 Griffiths TG, 'Las reformas curriculares y la educación Bolivariana: Una perspectiva del análisis sistema-mundo', Ensayo y Error, XIX 117-139 (2010) [C1]
2009 Griffiths TG, Knezevic LA, 'World-systems analysis in comparative education: An alternative to cosmopolitanism', Current Issues in Comparative Education, 12 66-75 (2009) [C1]
2009 Griffiths TG, Williams J, 'Mass schooling for socialist transformation in Cuba and Venezuela', Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 7 30-50 (2009) [C1]
2009 Griffiths TG, 'Social justice, equity, schools and the curriculum', Curriculum Perspectives, 29 76-82 (2009) [C1]
2009 Griffiths TG, 'Fifty years of socialist education in revolutionary Cuba: A world-systems perspective', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 15 45-64 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13260219.2009.11090849
2005 Griffiths TG, 'Learning 'To Be Somebody'. Cuban Youth in the Special Period', International Journal of Learning, 11 1267-1274 (2005) [C1]
2005 Griffiths TG, Cooper SA, 'Social and emotional wellbeing in schools: A review of systems' policies', Education Connect: Occasional Papers about Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools, 5-11 (2005) [C3]
2004 Gore JM, Griffiths TG, Ladwig JG, 'Towards better teaching: productive pedagogy as a framework for teacher education', Teaching and Teacher Education, 20 375-387 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.tate.2004.02.010
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 17
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
1995 GRIFFITHS TG, 'CRISES AND COMMITMENTS - EDWARDS,P', JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ASIA, 25 459-465 (1995)
1995 GRIFFITHS TG, 'DEPENDENT ALLY - A STUDY IN AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN-POLICY - BELL,C', JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ASIA, 25 459-465 (1995)
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1999 Ladwig JG, Griffiths TG, Gore JM, Lingard B, 'Education in a post-penal, post-industrial, post-modern, soon-to-be post-colonial nation', Uppsala Reports on Education (1999) [D1]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig

Conference (45 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Griffiths TG, Charon-Cardona E, 'Education to remake the world: Soviet university education aid, 1956-1991', XXVI Annual Conference, Comparative Education Society in Europe, Freiburg, Germany (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Euridice Charon-Cardona
2012 Griffiths TG, Arnove RF, 'World culture in the capitalist world-system in transition', CIES 2012 Program, Puerto Rico (2012) [E3]
2012 Griffiths TG, Downey J, 'What to do about schools? The Australian Radical Education Group (RED G)', The 40th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES), Christchurch, NZ (2012) [E3]
2011 Griffiths TG, 'Re-thinking education for XXI Century socialism in Venezuela', Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2011 Montreal Abstracts, Montreal (2011) [E3]
2010 Griffiths TG, 'Teacher education for social transformation in Venezuela', WCCES 2010 Abstracts and Full Papers, Istanbul, Turkey (2010) [E3]
2010 Griffiths TG, 'Classroom discipline: Another example of world-system convergence?', AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings, Canberra (2010) [E1]
2009 Griffiths TG, Knezevic LA, 'World systems analysis in comparative education: Beyond cosmopolitanism', ANZCIES 09: Conference Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference: Abstracts, Armidale, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009 Parkes RJ, Griffiths TG, 'Comparative education, border pedagogy, and teacher education in an age of internationalisation', Australian Teacher Education Association Annual Conference Proceedings Archive, Albury, NSW (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Robert Parkes
2009 Gore JM, Miller WA, Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, Ellis H, 'Refining assessment practice in the social sciences', ATN Assessment Conference 2009, Melbourne, Vic (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Robert Parkes, Jenny Gore
2009 Gore JM, Ladwig JG, Miller WA, Griffiths TG, 'On the status and quality of physical education as school subject: An empirical study of classroom and assessment practice', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2009 Gore JM, Ladwig JG, Miller WA, Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, Ellis H, 'Quality assessment in university social science courses', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E2]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig, Robert Parkes
2009 Miller WA, Williams CA, Ladwig JG, Gore JM, Griffiths TG, 'An examination of the quality and conceptualisation of English teaching', AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference: Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Cheryl Williams, James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2009 Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, Downey J, Gore JM, Ladwig JG, Miller WA, 'Conceptions of social science knowledge: Assessing the impact on pedagogical reform', AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference: Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Robert Parkes, Jenny Gore, James Ladwig
2008 Miller WA, Williams CA, Griffiths TG, Gore JM, Ladwig JG, 'An examination of the quality and conceptualization of English teaching', AERA 2008 Annual Meeting. Abstracts, New York (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig, Cheryl Williams
2008 Gore JM, Miller WA, Ladwig JG, Griffiths TG, 'Physical education: Teacher capacity, curriculum structure, and pedagogical relationships', AERA 2008 Annual Meeting. Abstracts, New York (2008) [E3]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2008 Griffiths TG, Parkes RJ, Gore JM, Miller WA, Ladwig JG, 'Conceptions of historical and geographical knowledge: Assessing the impact of pedagogical reform', AERA 2008 Annual Meeting. Abstracts, New York (2008) [E3]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Robert Parkes, Jenny Gore
2008 Ladwig JG, Gore JM, Griffiths TG, Miller WA, 'Pedagogical inertia and reform in NSW school mathematics', AERA 2008 Annual Meeting. Abstracts, New York (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig
2008 Ladwig JG, Ellis H, Miller WA, Griffiths TG, Gore JM, 'Scientific method, content coverage, and pedagogy', AERA 2008 Annual Meeting. Abstracts, New York (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig
2008 Griffiths TG, 'Preparing citizens for a 21st century socialism: Venezuela's Bolivarian educational reforms', SEAA Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E1]
2007 Gore JM, Ladwig JG, Griffiths TG, Miller WA, 'Data-driven guidelines for high quality teacher education', AARE 2007 Conference: Index to Conference Papers, Abstracts and Symposia, Fremantle WA (2007) [E1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2007 Ladwig JG, Gore JM, Miller WA, Griffiths TG, Smith M, 'Quality of pedagogy and student achievement: Multi-level replication of authentic pedagogy', AARE 2007 Conference: Index to Conference Papers, Abstracts and Symposia, Fremantle WA (2007) [E1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2007 Griffiths TG, Miller WA, Ladwig JG, Gore JM, 'Equity and pedagogy: Familiar patterns and QT based possibilities', AARE 2007 Conference: Research Impacts: Proving or improving?, Fremantle WA (2007) [E1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2007 Miller WA, Ladwig JG, Griffiths TG, Gore JM, 'Equity effects of quality teaching: Closing the gap', Index to Conference Papers, Abstracts and Symposia, Fremantle WA (2007) [E1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2007 Griffiths TG, Gore JM, Ladwig JG, 'Teachers' fundamental beliefs, commitment to reform, and the quality of pedagogy', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Annual Conference, Adelaide (2007) [E1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2007 Griffiths TG, Miller WA, 'On the social distribution of pedagogical quality', 2007 AERA Annual Meeting and Exhibition: The World of Educational Quality. Papers, Chicago (2007) [E3]
2007 Gore JM, Ladwig JG, Griffiths TG, Miller WA, 'Variations in pedagogical quality and their social effects: Implications for teacher education', 2007 AERA Annual Meeting and Exhibition: The World of Educational Quality. Papers, Chicago (2007) [E2]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig
2007 Ladwig JG, Miller WA, Gore JM, Griffiths TG, 'Curricular implications of a multi-dimensional analysis of pedagogy and equity', 2007 Biennial ACSA conference: Curriculum Centre Stage. Proceedings, Melbourne (2007) [E2]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2007 Griffiths TG, 'Venezuela's critical/popular education for all, for a socialism for the 21st century', XIII World Congress on Comparative Education Societies. Abstracts, Sarajevo (2007) [E3]
2006 Griffiths TG, Cooper SA, 'Teacher beliefs, pedagogy and student learning', AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference. Abstracts, Parramatta, NSW (2006) [E3]
2006 Griffiths TG, Cooper SA, 'Studnet wellbeing: A review of system's policies', AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference. Abstracts, Parramatta, NSW (2006) [E3]
2006 Griffiths TG, Gore JM, Ladwig JG, 'Conceptions of pedagogy teacher understanding as a critical factor in professional learning and pedagogical practice', 2006 AERA Annual Meeting Abstracts, San Francisco (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Ladwig
2006 Griffiths TG, 'Access, equity and socialisation for an alternative future: Educational reform in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela', Proceedings of the 34th Annual ANZCIES Conference, Canberra, Australia (2006) [E1]
2005 Vincent K, Hazell T, Allen JA, Griffiths TG, 'New Times, New Teachers: Valuing Social And Emotional Wellbeing In Teacher Education', Australian Teacher Education Association. Teacher Education: Local & Global. Conference Proceedings, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Jennifer Allen
2005 Griffiths T, Gore J, 'Conceptions of pedagogy: Teachers'' understandings of the NSW Quality teaching framework', Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Parramatta (2005) [E3]
2005 Griffiths TG, 'Radical Teachers for a New Society: A History of the Radical Education Group (RED G) Project in Australia', Learning Conference 2005: 12th International Conference on Learning. Abstracts, Granada (2005) [E3]
2004 Griffiths TG, 'Educating 'good Socialist Citizens' in the Post-Soviet , Capitalist World-system. Reporting on a Survey of Cuban Youth in the Special Period', The Learning Conference 2004. Learning Today: Communication, Technology, Environment, Society, Havana Cuba (2004) [E3]
2004 Griffiths TG, 'The impact of teachers' pedagogy on student equity: NSW teachers' views', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
2004 Ladwig JG, Griffiths TG, 'Can quality teaching improve class-based inequalities?', Abstract of Papers, Melbourne (2004) [E3]
Co-authors James Ladwig
2002 Gore JM, Griffiths TG, Ladwig JG, 'Exploring 'productive pedagogy' as a framework for teacher learning', AARE 2002 Conference Papers, Brisbane (2002) [E2]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2001 Ladwig JG, Gore JM, Lingard B, Griffiths TG, Morrison KA, Cooper SA, 'Educational governance, social inclusion and social exclusion in Australia', AARE - Conference Papers, Sydney (2001) [E2]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2001 Gore JM, Griffiths TG, Ladwig JG, 'Productive pedagogy as a framework for teacher education: Towards better teaching', AARE - Conference Papers, Fremantle (2001) [E2]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore
2001 Griffiths TG, 's11, School students, and the end of liberalism', AARE 2000 - Conference papers, Sydney (2001) [E2]
2001 Griffiths TG, 'Much obliged: Student responsibility for their own social exclusion', AARE 2000 - Conference papers, Sydney (2001) [E2]
2000 Griffiths TG, 'Schooling and social class in Australia: The persistence of liberalism', AARE-NZARE Sydney 2000 - Education Research: Towards an Optimistic Future- Abstracts, Sydney (2000) [E3]
2000 Griffiths TG, 'Student obligation: Accept individual responsibility for social exclusion', AARE-NZARE Sydney 2000 - Education Research: Towards an Optimistic Future- Abstracts, Sydney (2000) [E3]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Gore JM, Ladwig JG, Miller WA, Ellis H, Parkes RJ, Griffiths TG, 'Final Report: Quality Assessment: Linking Assessment Tasks and Teaching Outcomes in the Social Sciences', Australian Learning and Teaching Council, 51 (2009) [R1]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Jenny Gore, Robert Parkes
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 19
Total funding $1,114,976

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $15,000

Religion, Marxism and Secularism$15,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Roland Boer, Doctor Euridice Charon-Cardona, Doctor Tom Griffiths, Doctor James Juniper, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Conjoint Professor Marion Maddox, Doctor Sara Motta, Doctor Christina Petterson, Doctor Timothy Stanley
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500896
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20141 grants / $2,000

Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE), Freiburg Germany, 10-13 June 2014$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400560
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $7,964

2013 International Visitor - Hill$6,464

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths, Professor Dave Hill
Scheme DVCR International Visitor Support
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301134
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Buenos Aires 24-28 June 2013.$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300789
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $16,500

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200324
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

CIES 20121: 56th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 22 - 27 April 2012$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200414
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,500

III Simposio International de Filosofia y Education, Caracas, Venezuela, 24 - 26 November 2011$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100878
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,200

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Canberra, 29 Nov - 03 Dec 2009$1,200

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190637
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, 24/3/2008 - 28/3/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188574
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $221,639

Quality Assessment: Linking assessment tasks and teaching outcomes in the social sciences$219,939

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Associate Professor James Ladwig, Doctor Wendy Miller, Doctor Tom Griffiths, Doctor Robert Parkes
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188132
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

World Congress of Comparative Education Societies - Living Together: Education and Intercultural Dialogue, Sarajevo, 3/9/2007 - 7/7/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188039
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $600

Australian Association for Research in Education, University of South Australia and Adelaide University, 27/11/2006 - 30/11/2006$600

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0187039
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $2,400

Learning Conference 2005, 11-14 July 2005$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185427
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20044 grants / $824,763

Systemic implications of pedagogy and achievement in NSW Public Schools$550,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Associate Professor James Ladwig, Dr P Brock, Ms Gillian Shadwick, Mr R Randall, Dr Maxwell Smith, Ms Ann McIntyre, Doctor Tom Griffiths, Doctor Wendy Miller
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183622
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Systemic implications of pedagogy and achievement in NSW public schools.$267,263

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Associate Professor James Ladwig, Dr P Brock, Dr M Bruniges, Mr R Randall, Dr Maxwell Smith, Ms J Davy, Doctor Tom Griffiths, Doctor Wendy Miller, Ms Gillian Shadwick, Ms Ann McIntyre
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183823
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Radical Teachers for new society: An oral history of the Radical education Group (RED G) project in Australia, 1974-2004$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0185010
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Learning Conference 2004, June 27-30, 2004$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184053
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $17,710

Development of a statement and framework for quality pedagogy for NSW public schools.$17,710

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Associate Professor James Ladwig, Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Consultancy/Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182638
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

1 grants / $2,000

International Conference on Critical Education, Wroclaw Poland, 15-18 June 2015$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Tom Griffiths
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start
Funding Finish
GNo G1500545
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Impact Assessment of Access to Primary Education on Socio-economic Condition in Sierra Leone
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013 Contributing to a Convivial Society in South Africa through Public Provisioning for Young Children: A Critical Discourse Analysis of ECD Policy between 1994-2014
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012 Grounding 'Globalities' in the Imaginaries of Youth
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012 The Construction and Reconstruction of Vietnamese National Culture: A study of University Curriculum Policy from 1986 to Present.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011 Preparing Chinese Students for Tertiary Study in English-Speaking Counties
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011 Decentralization and Universal Primary Education in Tanzania: How Do They Work Together?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009 Innovation of English for Specific Purposes Curricula in Taiwanese Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Functional and Critical Literacy in Yo Sí Puedo An Examination of Cuba's Literacy Program Through a Freirean Lens
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014 Philosophical Reflections on the Importance of a Values-Based Program of Environmental Education, with Special Reference to the Pedagogy of Empathetic Education
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 Institutional Weakness as a Blessing: The Origins and Development of Costa Rican Exceptionalism Vis-a-vis Central America's Structural Disadvantage Within the Capitalist World-System
Political Science, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2014 The Preparation of Chinese Language Teachers in the Global Context: A Vertical Case Study of an Australian Approach
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 Critical Perspectives on Educational Partnerships in The Era of Neoliberalism
Education Studies, Victoria University
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Tom Griffiths

Position

Senior Lecturer
Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email tom.griffiths@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6784
Fax (02) 4921 6987

Office

Room HC60
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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