Adjunct Professor Paul Brock AM FACE FACEL
BA(Hons)(Sydney), DipEd(UNE), PhD(UNE)
Phone: +61 2 9561 8401
Fax: +61 2 9561 8800
Educational history, sociology and philosophy
- History of education
Research on teaching and learning
- English and literacy
Social work and social policy
- Social policy
English curriculum, teaching and learning, educational public policy development, educational equity, professional teaching standards, physical and intellectual disability
Dr Paul Brock AM FACE FACEL, is the Director of Learning and Development Research in the Office of the Director-General, NSW Department of Education and Communities and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Education and Social Work, as well as an Honorary Associate in the Centre for Values Ethics and Law in Medicine within the University’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow within the University of New England. Dr Brock is a Vice Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, NSW.
Throughout his 44 year career in education he has been a school teacher, a deputy principal, an academic in Australian, British and North American universities, a policy advisor to Commonwealth governments, an author, editor and public speaker. He has researched and published extensively, particularly in the field of English literature, language and literacy, but also in the areas of professional teaching standards and in the history of educational policy and practice. His more than 130 publications include single-authored, co-authored and co-edited books; monographs; chapters in books; refereed journal articles; and poetry. He has also delivered nearly 200 academic and professional papers to international and Australian conferences.
In 2009, Dr Brock was selected by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the five most influential people in NSW education within that newspaper’s list of Sydney’s 100 “most influential people” for that year.
2010 Australian Professional Teachers Association Inaugural Dorothy Hoddinott Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
2006 General Member, Order of Australia (AM)
2006 Meritorious Service Award and Medal for Service to Public Education in NSW
2004 Honorary Doctorate in Educational Studies (James Cook University)
2002 Australian College of Educators Sir Harold Wyndham Medal
Professional and community roles
Vice Patron, Motor Neurone Disease Association NSW (2007 - present)
Member of the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney (2010 - present)
Member of the Review Board of the Australian Association of English Teachers in Australia (AATE) international scholarly journal English in Australia (rated 'A' in the ERA ranking) (2011 - present)
- 'A qualitative study of the roles of imagination, innovation and creativity in the Years 7-10 English curriculum’
- 'A qualitative study of international approaches to identifying and rewarding outstanding school teachers – to investigate whether any approaches can demonstrate both improvement in the quality of student learning and enhancement of teacher professional collegiality’
- Brock, P. (2011) . (2011). Towards Schooling in the 21st Century: 'Back to Basics' or 'Forward to Fundabentals'?. ACEL Monograph Series No. 49.
- Brock, P. (in press). Reading and secondary school English: historical contexts for some contemporary English in education theory and practice. In Manuel, J. and Brindley, S (Eds.), Teenagers and Reading: Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices Norwood: Wakefield Press/AATE.
- Brock, P. (2011). Curriculum over 30 years: what have we achieved?. Curriculum Perspectives, 31(1), 83–87.
- Brock, P. (2011). 21st century school education: looking forward looking back. In Connections: Curriculum + Space/Learning + Place. Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, 15 June.
- Brock, P. (2011). Learning from the paths we have trodden to get to where we are now, The Australian Educational Leader, Volume 33, No.1, pp.9–13.