1991 …2024

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Paul began his career as a secondary school teacher. He taught English, History and Drama in outer western suburbs and in the inner city of Sydney. He worked in teacher education at the University of Sydney before moving to the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education in rural Victoria. He completed his PhD at Monash University for which he was awarded the Mollie Holman university medal. At Monash University Paul has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on English curriculum and literacy education as well as research methods, particularly in the interpretation of research literature. He was  Associate Dean (Teaching) in the Faculty of Education at Monash University until taking up a position as a research fellow (2004-2006) at the University of Michigan with Professor Jacquelynne Eccles and Dr Elizabeth Moje, examining the social and cultural influences on adolescent literacy development in and out of school. Paul's research interests focus on two areas, both of which have grown out of his professional work: the role of language and literacy in learning in academic contexts and the motivations of beginning teachers.  RESEARCH PRIZES Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for outstanding contribution to research for Ph.D., Monash University, 2000. Dr Colin Roderick Prize for the best M.A. thesis on a topic in Australian Literature, University of Sydney, 1980.

Research interests

  • Beginning teachers' career choice and development
  • Teacher professional development
  • Teacher Professional socialisation and identity
  • Academic literacy
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Complementary research methods

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Beginning teacher's career choice and development
  • Professional socialisation
  • Teacher career motivation
  • Teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Complementary research methods
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher identity formation
  • Career choice motivations

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