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Biography

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

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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Projects 2005 2019

Research Output 1991 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Divided by discipline? Contrasting motivations, perceptions, and background characteristics of beginning Australian English and Mathematics teachers

Watt, H. M. G., Richardson, P. W. & Morris, Z. A., 8 Sep 2017, Global Perspectives on Teacher Motivation. Watt, H. M. G., Richardson, P. W. & Smith, K. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 349-376 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Hard-to-staff Australian school: How can we ensure that all students have access to quality teachers

Rice, S., Richardson, P. W. & Watt, H. M. G., 2017, Educating Australia: Challenges for the decade ahead. Bentley, T. & Savage, G. C. (eds.). 2017 ed. Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing, p. 279-295 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Why teach? How teachers' motivations matter around the world

Watt, H. M. G., Richardson, P. W. & Smith, K., 8 Sep 2017, Global Perspectives on Teacher Motivation. Watt, H. M. G., Richardson, P. W. & Smith, K. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Patterns of gender and disciplinary disparities among postgraduate students' motivational beliefs: a multivariate analysis

Nausheen, M., Richardson, P. & Alvi, E., Apr 2019, In : Bulletin of Education and Research. 41, 1, p. 203-220 18 p.

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