Geoff Shacklock is an Associate Professor in Education Studies and Deputy Head, Learning and Teaching in the School of Education at RMIT University.
Geoff is an experienced secondary school teacher and university educator who 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.
Geoff 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.
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. He is currently writing a book Networking Beyond School: Post-compulsory Spaces and Flows (Sense Publishers) with colleagues, 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.
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
B AppSc, RMIT
- Shacklock, G. (2007). parenting students in secondary school settings: the challenge of the 'dilemma of difference' In: Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons: TASA/SAANZ Joint Conference Proceedings, ,
- Shacklock, G.,Harrison, L.,Angwin, J. (2007). Teaching, learning and the 'dilemma of difference' for parenting students in school settings In: Are we there yet? Past learnings, current realities, future directions for youth affairs in Australia. Conference Proceedings National Youth Affairs Conference, ,
- Harrison, L.,Shacklock, G. (2007). 'At school I am just like everyone else': Teenage pregnancy, schooling and educational outcomes In: Learning from the Margins: Young Women, Social Exclusion and Education, Routledge, London
- Failkner, J.,Hanrahan, M.,Lemon, N.,Ocean, J.,Shacklock, G.,Curran, G.,Crownhurst, M.,Breed, M. (2007). SPACE: Queer Allies Network - An approach to actively supporting gender and sexual diversity at RMIT University School of Education In: Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 3, 36 - 44
- Shacklock, G. (2006). Assessment practices in an applied learning context In: AARE 2006 Conference Engaging Pedagogies, Adelaide, Australia,
- Shacklock, G.,Harrison, L.,Angwin, J. (2005). 'Methodology in action': some dilemmas about researching pregnant and parenting young people and their educational participation In: Critical Studies in Education, 46, 73 - 90
- Shacklock, G.,Thorp, L. (2004). Life History and narrative approaches In: Research methods in the social sciences, Sage Publications, London
- Smyth, J.,Shacklock, G. (2003). Teachers doing their economic work In: Routledge Falmer Reader in Sociology of Education, Routledge, London
- Angwin, J.,Blackmore, J.,Harrison, L.,Shacklock, G. (2001). Pathway planning and 'becoming somebody': Exploring the tensions between wellbeing and credentialism with students at (educational) risk In: Crossing Borders: New Frontiers in Educational Research. Proceedings of the 2001 AARE Conference, ,
7 PhD Current Supervisions