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Biography

Dr Thi Kim Anh Dang (Kim Dang) is Senior Lecturer (TESOL and Languages Education) at the Faculty of Education, Monash University and a Monash Education Academy (MEA) Fellow. Prior to this role, Kim worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Continuing Education Excellence Development (CEED) program at the Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching) at Monash University from May 2015 to December 2018.

Kim has had decades of teaching experience in teacher education and adult education in Australia and Vietnam. She started her academic career as a teacher educator at the Faculty of English Language Teacher Education, the Vietnam National University, Hanoi, where she worked for over 10 years. When in Vietnam, Kim also held an external position as a trainer at the Asian Institute of Technology Centre in Vietnam (AITCV) for over 8 years. In Australia, prior to her appointment at Monash University, Kim worked as a lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne, and as a lecturer in student learning at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University.

Kim holds a PhD in teacher education from the University of Melbourne, where she has also completed a Masters of Education. The title of her PhD thesis is ‘Paired-placements in teacher education: A socio-cultural activity theoretical perspective’. The study explores how TESOL pre-service teachers learn to teach English in the collaborative settings of paired-placements in their professional experience. Her Master’s thesis, titled ‘Applying a genre-based approach in teaching the writing of the English discussion genre to Vietnamese EFL students at the tertiary level’, supervised by Professor Frances Christie, received the John and Elizabeth Robertson Prize for being the most meritorious Master’s thesis within the Master of Education at the University of Melbourne in 2003.

Apart from her core interest in TESOL teacher education and ESL, Kim is also interested in Indigenous education and education policy. Kim has been invited to work as an independent research consultant for multiple research projects in Indigenous education at the Australian Catholic University and La Trobe University. Kim has published in high impact international journals, including The Teaching and Teacher Education, Critical Studies in Education, Current Issues in Language Planning, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, among others. Her latest book titled 'Education Policy: Mapping the Landscape and Scope' was published by Peter Lang Publishers, Frankfurt am Main in 2016. 

Kim has been awarded several prizes and awards from national and international professional bodies, including an Early Career Researcher Special Commendation Award from the Australian Association for Research in Education in 2015. She also won the 'Excellent Research Supervision Award' from the Governement of Vietnam in 2007, and several prizes and awards from the University of Melbourne for her Masters and PhD research.

Kim's interested to supervise HDRs and collaborate in the areas of teacher education, professional learning, TESOL, English language education, globalisation in education, Indigenous education, educational policy and leadership. She is also interested in Vygotsky's sociocultural theory and activity theory, which she has been working since 2008. 

Research interests

Teacher education, Professional learning, Second language education, Indigenous education, Education policy and leadership, TESOL, Vygotsky, Sociocultural activity theory

Consulting

Independent research consultancy projects:

  • 'Participation and engagement of Indigenous students in business studies', a HEPP project, La Trobe University (2014)
  • 'Indigenous youth leadership programs: National and international perspectives', Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, Australian Catholic University (2013)
  • 'Recruitment and participation of Indigenous trainees and cadets in the mining and construction industry', a commissioned project for Eidos Institute, Australian Catholic University (2011)
  • 'Good practice report: Innovative Indigenous teaching and learning in higher education', an OLT report, Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, Australian Catholic University (2011)

 

Keywords

  • Education policy
  • Sociocultural activity theory
  • Teacher education
  • Second language education
  • Indigenous education
  • Education leadership
  • Vygotsky
  • TESOL
  • ESL
  • Professional Learning

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Research Output 2008 2018

Foreword

Dang, T. K. A., 2018, Problem-based Language Learning and Teaching: An Innovative Approach to Learn a New Language. Ansarian, L. & Lin, T. M. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. vii-viii 2 p. (SpringerBriefs in Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword / PostscriptOtherpeer-review

Effective classroom teachers and the challenge of envisioning possibilities for online teaching

McCormack, C., Carbone, A. & Dang, T. K. A., 2017, Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation. Walker, R. & Bedford, S. (eds.). Hammondville NSW Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Vol. 40. p. 221-228 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

Exploring contextual factors shaping teacher collaborative learning in a paired-placement

Dang, T. K. A., 2017, In : Teaching and Teacher Education. 67, p. 316-329 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Providing effective delivery in English: Exploring challenges and strategies of academics from non-native English speaking backgrounds

Dang, T. K. A. & Vu, T. T. P., 2017, Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation. Walker, R. & Bedford, S. (eds.). Hammondville NSW Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Vol. 40. p. 117-127 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory in the context of globalization

Marginson, S. & Dang, T. K. A., 2017, In : Asia Pacific Journal of Education. 37, 1, p. 116-129 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

AERA 2015 International Travel Award

Kim Dang (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ALAA 2010 Travel Scholarship for conducting important and innovative research

Kim Dang (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Development Scholarship

Kim Dang (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Leadership Award Fellowship

Kim Dang (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher Special Commendation

Kim Dang (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2016

  • 2 Peer review panel or committee
  • 1 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Monash University (External organisation)

Kim Dang (Member)
2016

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Review Panel for the Australian National Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP) Forum

Kim Dang (Reviewer)
2015

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

Review Panel for 2016 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

Kim Dang (Fellow)
2015

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

Teaching and Teacher Education (Journal)

Kim Dang (Peer reviewer)
20122016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility