Assoc Professor Geoff Shacklock
Deputy Head, Learning and Teaching
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Geoff Shacklock is an Associate Professor in Education Studies and Deputy Head, Learning and Teaching in the School of Education at RMIT University. As an experienced secondary school teacher and university educator, he teaches education studies courses in teacher preparation programs and research methodology in postgraduate education programs. His teaching covers the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, philosophy of education, sociology of education, popular culture, and qualitative research methods. In addition, he supervises research students undertaking projects about teachers, students, schools, education policy, educational leadership and social theory. He participates in university committees about learning and teaching, research, ethics and program development and is active in building partnerships between the university and networks in post-compulsory education.
B.AppSc RMIT, Dip.Ed Hawthorn, B.Ed, M.EdAdmin Deakin, PhD Flinders.
Geoff Shacklock is an experienced researcher in the areas of teachers’ work, applied learning, early school leaving, youth transitions, educational participation for pregnant and parenting students, popular culture/s and student identities, education policy, educational leadership and life history research. His research activity takes a socially critical perspective focussed on understanding and documenting difference, disadvantage, risk and identities in education. Recently he was an investigator in an Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project with the Smart Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network researching 15-19 year-olds at educational risk. With colleagues, he is currently writing a book Networking Beyond School: Post-compulsory Spaces and Flows (Sense Publishers) based on findings from that project. The book is theorising networks, space and place in understanding uneven geographies of participation in education, training and employment for young people making transitions in post-compulsory education. Other recent research about pregnant and parenting students engaged in mainstream schooling has been reported in a case study of an innovative program designed to support teenage mums and dads in completing a secondary education qualification. An emerging research interest concerns the aesthetics of learning in late-modern higher education. Previous research, focused on labour process analyses of teachers’ work, was reported in the jointly authored books Teachers’ Work in a Globalising Economy (Falmer Press 2000) and Re-Making Teaching: Ideology, Policy and Practice (Routledge 1998). It explored the politicisation of education policy and its impact on the management of teachers through professionalism and intensification in the work of teaching. He was joint editor of Being Reflexive in Critical Educational and Social Research (Falmer Press 1998), a collection of perspectives on issues and dilemmas faced by researchers in their participation in the construction of knowledge in social research.
Harrison, L., & Shacklock, G. (2007). 'At school I am just like everyone else': Teenage pregnancy, schooling and educational outcomes. In J. McLeod & A. Allard (Eds.), Learning from the Margins: Young Women, Social Exclusion and Education, Routledge, London.
Shacklock, G., & Thorp, L. (2005). Life history and narrative approaches. In B. Somekh & C. Lewin (Eds.), Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Sage. London.
Smyth, J., & Shacklock, G. (2004). Teachers doing their economic work. In S. Ball (Ed.),RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Sociology of Education, RoutledgeFalmer, London.
Shacklock, G., Harrison, L., & Angwin, J. (2005). “Methodology in action”: Some dilemmas about researching pregnant and parenting young people and their educational participation. Melbourne Studies in Education, 46 (1), 73-90.
Harrison, L., Shacklock, G., Kamp, A., & Angwin, J. (2004). Taking your baby to school: The Young Parents Access Project at Corio. Bay Senior College. Redress: Journal of the Association of Women Educators, 13(1), 10-13.
Shacklock, G., Harrison, L., Angwin, J., & Kamp, A. (2006). Teaching and Learning and the Young Parents Access Project at Corio Bay Senior College, Deakin University & SGRLLEN, Geelong.
Angwin, J., Harrison, L., Shacklock, G., & Kamp, A. (2004). 'Taking your Baby to School’: The Young Parents Access Project Research Report, Deakin University & SGRLLEN, Geelong.
Recent conference papers
Shacklock, G. (2007). Parenting students in secondary school settings: the challenge of the ‘dilemma of difference’, Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons - The Australian Sociological Association and The Social Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Shacklock, G., Harrison, L., & Angwin, J. (2007). Teaching and learning and the ‘dilemma of difference’ for parenting students in school settings, Are We There Yet? - National Youth Affairs Conference, Melbourne.
Shacklock, G. (2006). Assessment practices in an applied learning context, Engaging Pedagogies - Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Adelaide.
Shacklock, G. (2005). New social practices for personal and school networks in managing students at risk, Children and Young People as Citizens Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Angwin, J., Harrison, L., Shacklock, G. and Kamp, A. (2004). How current 'policy hysteria' is enacted for teenage mothers at school, Learning from the Margins Conference, Stonington, Deakin University.
Harrison, L., Shacklock, G., Angwin, J. and Kamp, A. (2004). "At school I am just like everyone else": Teenage pregnancy, schooling and educational outcomes, Learning from the Margins Conference, Stonington, Deakin University.
Shacklock, G. (2004). ‘Sociable and employable?’: the role of personal and school networks in managing students at risk, Doing the Public Good: Positioning Education Research - Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Melbourne.
Research grants and consultancy
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with J. Blackmore, J. Angwin, & L. Harrison. Understanding and managing ‘risk’ for 15-19 year olds in a learning community: A case study of the Geelong LLEN.
City of Greater Geelong Youth Services & the Department of Education Employment and Training with J. Blackmore, J. Angwin, & L. Harrison. The Geelong Pathways Project.
Deakin University Internal Research Grant with J. Blackmore, & J. Angwin. Schools, systems and teachers managing ‘risk’ for vulnerable students.
Deakin University Quality Learning Research Grant with J. Angwin, & L. Harrison. A case study of teaching and learning in the Young Parents Access Project at Corio Bay Senior College.
Deakin University Quality Learning Initiative Grant with L. Harrison & J. Angwin. Young fathers, culture and identity.
Australian Centre for Quality of Life, Researcher Enhancement Scheme Grant with L. Harrison, J. Angwin & J. Blackmore. Once you get into the box you can't get out: schools managing at-risk students and their post-school options.
Australian Centre for Quality of Life, Researcher Enhancement Scheme Grant with L. Harrison & J. Angwin. Pregnant and parenting young people and their engagement or disengagement with the education system.
Doctoral and masters by research supervision
- Topics currently under supervision (or recently completed):
- Culture, curriculum, diversity and intercultural education in Australian schools
- Immersive pedagogies: a study of the influence and role of art practice on the personal and professional pedagogy of a critical educator
- Professional review in career renewal for experienced teachers
- A study of Australian women’s contributions to educational change in Pakistan
- A life history approach to identity construction for jazz educators in NZ
- Working partnerships in cultural diverse school communities
- Educational innovation in higher education and its capacity to promote social justice
- The social imaginary in relation to Thai culture
- Gender inclusive practices within the primary classroom