Christabel Wescombe

BA(Sydney), DipLib(UNSW), MA(Sydney)

Honorary Associate, Faculty

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Phone: +61 2 9437 6760

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Building.Room: A35.

Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education
  • Sociology of education

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • International and comparative education


Professional biography

Christabel is an honorary associate in the Faculty with specific interest in the International Division and its students, and the Master of Education (Educational Management and Leadership) Program.  She was formerly Senior Librarian to the Faculty of Education, responsible for delivering a wide range of services to staff and postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Christabel’s academic background is in the area of international and comparative education, and the sociology of education.

Sources for her Masters study were identified in a faculty visit to Papua New Guinea in 1974, which was sponsored by the PNG government. An analysis of the education system and visits to educational institutions resulted in the 1979 publication, John Cleverley & Christabel Wescombe, Papua New Guinea: Guide to sources in education, (Sydney: Sydney University Press).

The 1993 publication, Christabel Wescombe & Geoffrey Sherington, Education in New South Wales: A guide to state and commonwealth sources 1788-1992, (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger), was compiled by invitation from the Australian Bicentennial Authority.

Other bibliographical and internet publications have reflected the Faculty’s interests. In 1979, the Education internet guide: Sources for theory, practice, teaching and research, compiled by Christabel Wescombe, with technical and graphical assistance of John Harvey and Steve Ryan, won national and international awards (as detailed below).

In 1998, the Guide was a featured site in the U.S. Aldea Communications' UniGuide Academic Guide to the Internet. The Guide is archived at:

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/36606/20030801-0000/www.library.usyd.edu.au/Guides/Education/index.html

Christabel’s work continues to centre on information retrieval for research purposes with specific application to the writing of literature reviews, meta-analyses, research reports, systematic reviews, and publication in general.

 



Awards

  • Argus Clearinghouse (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Seal of Approval, awarded to the Education Internet Guide: Sources for Theory, Practice, Teaching and Research, compiled by Christabel Wescombe, with technical and graphical assistance of John Harvey and Steve Ryan.

  • Argus Clearinghouse (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Digital Librarian's Award (October, 1997), awarded to the Education Internet Guide: Sources for Theory, Practice, Teaching and Research, compiled by Christabel Wescombe...

  • Australian Society of Indexers, Web Indexing Prize for 1997, awarded to the Education Internet Guide: Sources for Theory, Practice, Teaching and Research, compiled by Christabel Wescombe...



Selected publications

Books

  • Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, & Christabel Wescombe (Eds.) . (2013). Supporting professional development with learning through action projects: Research from Australia & Southeast Asia. [Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand]. (Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia: DEPISA monograph, no. 2).
  • Christabel Wescombe & Geoffrey Sherington. (1993). Education in New South Wales: A Guide to State & Commonwealth Sources 1788-1992. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger.
  • John Cleverley & Christabel Wescombe. (1979). Papua New Guinea: Guide to Sources in Education. Sydney: Sydney University Press.