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Dr Brad Gobby


Position
Senior Lecturer
Faculty
Office of the Provost
School
Faculty of Humanities
Campus
Bentley Campus
Location
501
Phone
08 9266 3795

Brief Summary

Brad's research examines government policies, programmes and technologies in the areas of school autonomy reforms, school choice and community. He is currently investigating the Independent Public Schools initiative in Western Australia, documenting the changes to and the effects of this reform on the management and governance of state schools. Brad uses Foucauldian perspectives in his research, including critical policy analysis. Brad recently spoke about the need to think critically about the use of school-based data for the MOOC, Analytics for the Classroom Teacher

Brad has worked as a research officer and lecturer for a number of years. He has worked with Professor Barry Down as a research officer on a number of research projects, including three ARC-funded projects in the areas of: the schooling of young people at disadvantage; early career teacher resilience; and the use of the arts in community development. Brad currently lectures pre-service teachers in the area of curriculum, curriculum theory and sociology, and is the Master of Education Course Coordinator. (Brad speaking about the Master of Education course.)

With Dr Rebecca Walker, Brad has co-edited and contributed to Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives of Education, a research-led textbook for pre-service educators published by Oxford University Press. You can view Brad and Rebecca talking about the book here

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Awards

  • Fellow of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (2017)
  • Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award: Common First Year Team. (2015)
  • Faculty of Humanities Teaching and Learning Award in the First Year Program Award category: Common First Year Team (2014).
  • Outstanding Professional Service Award (Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia Inc.) (2014)
  • Murdoch University School of Education Prize for Best Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation in the past two years (2014)
  • Thelma Harley Post-Graduate Award (2007)
  • Fogarty-WAIER Post-Graduate Award (2007)

Membership

  • Executive Committee Member and Website Coordinator of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (ECM 2006 - present).
  • Western Australian Representative of the Community of Associate Deans of Reseach in Education (cADRE), ACDE (2014-2015)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Professional Affilitations

Academic Reviewer for the following: Journal of Sociology; Journal of Educational Management and History; Journal of Education Policy; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Critical Studies in Education; Cambridge University Press

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Teachings

Brad has taught in the areas of: English curriculum, media curriculum, the sociology of education and multi-literacies. He is currently teaching:

  • EDPR3004 Cultural Contexts in Primary Education
  • EDSC3000 Curriculum & Culture in Secondary Schools
  • EDUC1003 Exploring and Contesting Curriculum
  • EDUC6031 International Trends in Education
  • EDUC6029 Philosophy of Pedagogy

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Research Interests

Brad's areas of research interest include:

  • education policy and reform; poststructuralist perspectives in education; critical policy analysis; Foucauldian and neo-Foucauldian scholarship; neo-liberal policy and programmes of government; governmentality, discourse, subjectivity and power; school governance, management, leadership, school choice, and IPS; gender, sexualities & new materialism

Supervision

  • Which ways is north from here? Navigating the emotional dimensions of learning to teach during the pre-service year (PhD)
  • Primary educators’ knowledge of grammatical concepts as mandated in the Australian Curriculum (English): Comparison of Pre and Inservice teachers (MPhil: Passed)
  • An investigation of significant factors in the success of high achieving females in school: a poststructural feminist perspective (Masters Dissertation: Passed)
  • Meeting the learning needs, abilities and interests of secondary students, and the impact of academic progress tracking technology (MPhil)
  • From graduate to worker: assessing and addressing the need for work readiness programs for allied health (PhD).

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Publications


Featured Publications

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Gobby, B. J., A. Keddie, and J. Blackmore. 2017. "Professionalism and competing responsibilities: moderating competitive performativity in school autonomy reform." Journal of educational administration and history Forthcoming: 1-15.

2017

Books - Edited

  • Gobby, B. J.. "Powers of curriculum: Sociological perspectives on education." Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Inpress.

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Keddie, A., B. J. Gobby, and C. Wilkins. 2017. "School autonomy reform in Queensland: governance, freedom and the entrepreneurial leader." School Leadership and Management Online First: 1-17.
  • Millei, Z., B. J. Gobby, and J. Gallagher. 2017. "Doing state policy at preschool: An autoethnographic tale of universal access to ECEC in Australia." Journal of Pedagogy 8 (1): 33-55.

2016

Journal Articles (Research)

2013

Journal Articles (Research)

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2017

Books Chapters - Other

  • Walker, R. M., and B. J. Gobby. 2017. "Testing times for assessment and pedagogy." In Powers of Curriculum: Sociological perspectives on education Gobby, B. J., and R. M. Walker., 323-349 South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Gobby, B. J., and S. Karnovsky. 2017. "Questioning how and what we know: New concepts to approach education." In Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives on Education Gobby, B. J., and R. M. Walker., 61-85 South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Gobby, B. J., and Z. Millei. 2017. "Schools, Its History and Power." In Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives on Education Gobby, B. J., and R. M. Walker., 37-59 South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Gobby, B. J. 2017. "What is curriculum?." In Powers of Curriculum: Sociological Perspectives on Education Gobby, B. J., and R. M. Walker., 5-34 South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

2016

Books Chapters - Other

2015

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2014

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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Additional Information

Presentations and other publications

  • Gobby, B. (2018). The Educator's Duty: Safe Schools and Other Political Controversies.Curtin Unviersity School of Educaiton Inaugural Orientation Lecture. February, Perth.
  • Gobby, B. (2016). Control Alt Delete: Becoming an Independent Public School principal. Foucault and educational leadership Symposium. AARE Conference. November, Melbourne.
  • Gobby, B. (2016). Inquiry and the lively materiality of the principal. Methodological lenses on educational leadership Symposium. AARE Conference. November, Melbourne.
  • Karnovsky, S., Gobby, B & Mercieca, P. 2015. "How do pre-service teachers feel about learning to teach? Emergent themes from a qualitative case study using interviews and online blogging". AARE Conference. 1 December, Fremantle, WA.
  • Gobby, B. 2015. "The principal-leader: A question of governmentality?" Questioning Leadership Symposium. AARE Conference. 30 November. Fremantle, WA.
  • Gobby. B. 2015. "My School and the calculating parent". Presentation at Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Annual Forum. August 8. Fremantle, WA.
  • Gobby, B. 2015. "IPS and governing schools through contracts". Professional Educator Vol 12 (2) 8-10.
  • Gobby, B. & Karnovsky, S. 2015. "Are pre-service teachers' emotions silenced?" Australian Teacher Magazine Vol. 11 (3) 34. Also found at EducationHQ Australia.
  • Gobby. B. 2014. "Principal self-government and subjectification: the exercise of principal autonomy in the Western Australian Independent Public Schools programme. Virtual Special Issue - Tracking the neoliberal juggernaut. Critical Studies in Education.
  • Gobby. B. 2014. "The governed becoming governors". 2nd ELMA Theory Workshop: Administrative Theory without the "L" word. 3-4 July. ACU, North Sydney.
  • Gobby. B. 2013. "Principals' experiences of the Independent Public Schools Initiative". Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Annual Research Forum. Fremantle. 10 August. Further information.
  • Gobby, B. 2011. "The Governmentality of school autonomy and self-management: A Foucauldian Analysis". Unpublished Doctoral Thesis. Murdoch University. Perth. Further information.

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