Neil England

PhD candidate




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Research project description

Neil England has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and been involved in pre- and in-service EFL teacher education in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the United States and Singapore. He is a part-time PhD student. Neil’s research aims to develop the practice of in-service professional development (INSET) for state sector EFL teacher educators in the developing world. His study is of and through different forms of intercultural dialogue with language teacher educators from the Ministry of National Education, Indonesia. These teacher educators conduct INSET for local teachers of English in primary and secondary schools throughout Indonesia. The dialogues centre on what forms of knowledge – external propositional knowledge, personal practical knowledge and contextual knowledge - are, or should be, valued in INSET for language teachers, and how to deal with tensions between these forms of knowledge, especially in intercultural INSET. A second related dimension to the study is a methodological one, of how the qualitative educational researcher establishes and maintains a productive and ethical “culture of dealing” with participants and stakeholders in intercultural contexts.

Conference presentation:

  • England, N. (2011). The research interview as social practice in an intercultural context. TESOL Research Network Colloquium, University of Sydney, 3 September 2011.
  • England, N. (2009). The processes and outcomes of dialogue with Indonesian state sector language teacher educators about the epistemology of INSET. TESOL Research Network Colloquium. The University of Sydney, 5 September 2009.


Thesis work

Project title Degree Supervisor
Intercultural dialogue with Indonesian state sector language teacher educators on the epistemology of their practice. PhD Associate Professor Lesley Harbon

Selected publications

Conference papers

  • Harbon, L, England, N. (2006). The cultural practice of research higher degree supervision over distance: a case in progress. In University of Sydney Papers in TESOL (1pp. 87–107).