Professor Jim Albright

Professor Jim Albright

Professor

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

James Albright joined the Newcastle University’s School of Education in 2008 after working at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (Nanyang Technological University) and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is internationally known for his contributions to the sociology of education, and his research in curriculum theory, literacy education, professional development, and school change.

Jim was recently awarded funding for the project, Enabling Better Engagement in Learning for All: Mapping UON's 'Enabling Pedagogy' in a conceptual framework. A Newcastle University Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) commissioned project, it critically examines pedagogical and curricular issues within the context of the university’s commitment to non-traditional students enrolled in its enabling education programs.

Since his appointment, he has served as chief investigator on two ARC Linkage projects. The Educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling: understanding complexity for increased equity (2012-2015) gathering data from students, teachers, and parents from diverse settings throughout NSW to investigate socioeconomic influences on the emerging aspirations of students in the middle years. A ‘composite capital construct’ juxtaposing the theories of Bourdieu (1986) and Becker and Tomes (1986) was used to theoretically frame the investigation. Drawing on data from a mixed-method longitudinal study of more than 6000 students in Years 3-12 in New South Wales public schools, the project mapped the intersection of students’ career aspirations with SES and other demographic variables. The project questioned two key assumptions about outreach activities: first, that students from low-SES backgrounds hold lower career aspirations; and second, that these activities appropriately target secondary school students, given that younger students’ aspirations are relatively under-developed. Its analyses demonstrated both the early solidification of students’ aspirations and the significant, but complex, impact of socioeconomic differences. This project contributed to the evidence base for academic, educational, and political work on access to higher education and the policies, practices, and outcomes that might ensue. Initial findings are reported in Gore, J., Holmes, K., Smith, M., Southgate, E., & Albright, J. (2015). Socioeconomic status and the career aspirations of Australian school students: Testing enduring assumptions. The Australian Educational Researcher, 42(2), 155-17.

The Peopling Educational Policy: Realising the New Australian English and Mathematics Curricula (2011-2013) project researched the impact of the Australian Curriculum (AC) initiative in English and mathematics. The project focused on the resources needed and professional learning opportunities needed to support teachers in the implementation of these new curriculums and the system and teacher learning and processes needed to support improvement in practice in the context of the new curriculum. Recent publications from this project are: Albright, J. & Knezevic, L. (2017). Professional Learning for a new English Curriculum: Catholic Education Melbourne primary teachers and AUSVELS English F-10. English in Australia, (52)1, and Knesevic, L. & Albright, J. (2016) Responding to the National Curriculum: The embedded approach to change of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. Leading and Managing. 2, Summer/Fall.

His forthcoming co-edited book with Deborah Hartman and Jacquie Widdin, Bourdieu's Field Theory and the Social Sciences (Palgrave, 2017) emerged from a colloquium he organised on Bourdieusian inspired research employing field analysis. The colloquium show-cased a broad range of research applying field analysis, by presenters from Europe and the UK (via video links), Denmark, New Zealand and Australia.

Jim is editor in chief of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102) a scholarly international open access journal that publishes extended full-length research papers that have the scope to substantively address current issues in education. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Pedagogies and Digital Culture in Education.

He enjoys teaching and is passionate about encouraging students to become confident educational researchers through practice-based learning. His research expertise informs both masters and doctoral teaching and advising.

In 2015 he was appointed to the ERA Research Evaluation Committees (RECs) – University of Newcastle, Education and Human Society Committee.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Curriculum and Instruction), Pennsylvania State University - USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), Trent University - Canada
  • Bachelor of Education, Dalhousie University - Canada
  • Master of Education (Literacy Education), Mount Saint Vincent University - Canada

Keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Literacy Education
  • Multiliteracies
  • Professional Development
  • Qualitative Research
  • School Reform
  • Teacher Education

Languages

  • French (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080599 Distributed Computing not elsewhere classified 10
130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) 60
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2009 -  Director Newcastle Institute for Research in Education
Australia
1/09/2005 - 1/12/2008 Associate Professor National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University
Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice
Singapore
1/08/1999 - 1/09/2005 Assistant Professor Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
English Education/Teaching of English Program
United States
1/01/1995 - 1/08/2000 Lecturer Penn State/MSVU
Australia
1/08/1974 - 1/08/1998 Teacher Halifax District School Board
Nova Scotia Department of Education
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2009 Guest Editor
Organisation: English Teaching: Practice and Critique Description: I have been invited to edit an issue on fronting generative, theoretical, narrative, empirical, and practical explorations of the interconnected nature of literacy and the body. My issue encourages submissions drawing on and extending theorists who explicitly link literacy and the body (e.g. Bakhtin, Bourdieu, Butler, Foucault&) as well as submissions making innovative links not yet apparent in the literature. I have recommended that authors avoid overviews of models and theories and how these might apply to language, literacy and education, but rather work toward new combinations or applications of theory to expand readers imaginations around literacy and the body.

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EDUC 6202 Productive Curriculum
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
This course introduces students to the research and development literature on Authentic and Productive forms of curriculum. In particular, the course will outline major curricular practices that have been identified in recent research as contributing to greater and more equitable student learning outcomes. As part of this course, students will be introduced to recent developments in how curriculum is understood and practised and an analysis of the relationship between authentic curriculum and current state-based curriculum developments. In addition, the course will engage students in direct experiences of analysing their own and others' curriculum practices using these concepts.

EDUC 6202: Productive Curriculum 25/07/2017 - 9/12/2017
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $1,219,703

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20141 grants / $10,000

Are Australian Schools Socially Stratified?$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor James Ladwig, Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301385
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $750

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301228
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $1,073,144

Educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling: Understanding complexity for increased equity’ $693,153

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Jim Albright, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Associate Professor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith, Mrs Michelle Heaney, Frank Potter
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100473
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Jim Albright, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Associate Professor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100711
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20112 grants / $94,309

Peopling Educational Policy: Realising the new Australian English and Mathematics Curricula$93,429

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Peter Sullivan, Professor Peter Freebody, Professor Jim Albright, Professor Douglas Clarke, Professor Lesley Farrell, Professor David Clarke
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1001056
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Hotel Concorde la Fayette, Paris, France, 20 - 23 July 2011$880

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100643
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20102 grants / $41,500

DVCR Special Grant 2010$40,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Hugh Craig, Professor Jim Albright, Professor Stephen Webb, Doctor Elyssa Joy
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000721
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2010, University of Warwick, 1 - 4 September 2010$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000650
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current19

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.55
PhD7.45

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Designing ESP Curriculum and Developing Materials for EFL Ground Service Learners at Airports in Vietnam PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 Masters Imaginative Reading and Writing and Empathic Intelligence in Boys M Philosophy (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD A Study on the Implementation of Classroom Action Research of the Senior High School Teachers in Kupang Municipality, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD The Role of Brain Dominance In The Process of Learning English (Inductive and Deductive Teaching Methods) For Senior High School Student in South Sulawesi Indonesia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Investigating Students¿ Perception of Vietnamese Tertiary English Education PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD And What About Jane? A Rationale For The Teaching of Jane Austen in Secondary English Classrooms. PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD VIETNAMESE PRIMARY ENGLISH TEACHERS¿ KNOWLEDGE, PERCEPTIONS AND PRACTICES PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters A Fine Mess: Visual Art and Primary Education - The Benefits and Potential of 'Mess' and 'Play' in Learning and the Implications for Pre-service Teaching M Philosophy (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Professional Development: Vietnamese English-as-a-foreign-language Teacher Educators' experiences and perceptions PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD ALIGNMENT OF CURRICULA, PEDAGOGIES, ASSESSMENTS, OUTCOMES, AND STANDARDS IN VIETNAMESE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING EDUCATION PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Investigating Vietnamese vocation students' perceptions of school climate PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD The Influence of Socio-Economic Status on Student Educational and Career Aspirations in the Middle School Years PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD The influence of a secondary education in enabling success and its perceptions among Singapore's achievers. PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Representation of Life Outside Vietnam in 1st Year Technical University Textbooks in Hanoi and its Influence on Learners' Cultural Competence in English Learning PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Classroom-Based Oral Assessment of EFL in Tertiary Education: An Investigation into Construct Validity and Reliability PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Developing a Communicative EFL Syllabus for Vietnamese Universities: A Case Study of Action Research in CEF-Based Design at HOU PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD How is the idea of an education revolution understood at different times in Australian History PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Multiliteracies in the Field of Curriculum Theory PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD A History of Scientific Literacy as a Goal of Primary School Science in Australia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Mathematics Achievement Levels and Learning Experiences of Migrant Children: Perspectives of Teachers and Teaching in Chinese Urban Schools PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Achieving Cultural Competence in Vietnamese EFL Classes: A Case Study from an Intercultural Communicative Competence Perspective PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Study of the Use of ICT Blended Instruction in the Teaching of English in a Thai University PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Educating Boys: What's Your Problem? PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

ERA Research Evaluation Committees 2015

ERA Research Evaluation Committees 2015

February 20, 2015

Nine University of Newcastle researchers have been selected by the Australian Research Council for membership of the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Research Evaluation Committees.

Professor Jim Albright

Position

Professor
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email james.albright@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 01 4921 5901
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HC 65
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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