Dr Kevin Laws

BA(Hons)(Sydney), MA(Hons)(Sydney), EdD(UGA)

Convenor, Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia

Honorary Senior Lecturer

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Phone: +61 2 9351 6396

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Building.Room: Education Buildi.913

Research interests

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • Higher education
  • International and comparative education

Research on teaching and learning

  • Teacher education and professional learning


Keywords

Organisational culture and change, Program evaluation, Organisational learning, Leadership, International education, Continuing professional development of teachers and teacher educators in Asia and Pacific region



Professional biography

Since 2007 I have worked closely with the School of Education and the School of Foreign Languages at Can Tho University, Vietnam assisting with the professional development of academic staff as well as contributing to the re-forming of initial teacher education programs and Masters programs. In 2016 I received a special award from Can Tho University in recognition of my continuing contribution.

In 2010 I established DEPISA (Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia) and continue to coordinate the work of this group.  DEPISA has grown from 18 members from five universities in five countries to over 200 members from 12 universities in eight Asian countries. The initial universities involved in this project were the University of Sydney, Can Tho University, National University of Laos, Suratthani Rajabhat University and State University Jakarta.  The group meets annually in a different university in an Asian country and members make presentations of their research into their professional practices.  Monographs containing selected research papers are edited and published.



Awards

  • ALAF funding for Re-forming In-service Teachers' Professional Development in South-east Asia 2010

    Project involved 4 participants (2 teacher educators and 2 teachers) from universities in Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Thailand) attending a 2 week workshop in Sydney followed up by the implementation of models of professional development in the home countries.  An evaluation workshop was held in Vietnam in June 2011.

  • ALAF funding for Re-forming Inital Teacher Education Programs in the Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam 2008

    The Dean, Vice Deans and Heads of each Department in the School of Education at Can Tho University attended a two week workshop in Sydney and returned to Vietnam to implement the results of their work in Sydney.

  • Special recognition for service to the Schools of Education and Foreign Languages at Can Tho University, March 2016.



Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
An Investigation into the leadership of the Dean in private universities in the Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam. PhD Huu Ly Le
Pedagogy, Primary School Leadership and School Culture PhD Christine Grice
Higher education teachers' beliefs about pedagogy and how compulsory teacher training influences their beliefs and teaching practice: case studies from the Mekong Delta Region, Viet Nam. (Co-supervisor) PhD Su Nguyen


Selected publications

Books

  • Laws, K., Harbon, L. & Wescombe, C. (Eds.). (2016). Investigations into Professional Practice: Learning from Action Research Projects Australia & Southeast Asia. Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA Monograph 4).
  • Laws, K., Harbon, L. & Wescombe, C. (Eds.). (2014). Improving Teaching and Learning: Perspectives from Australia and Southeast Asia. Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA Monograph 3).
  • Laws, K., Harbon, L. & Wescombe, C. (Eds). (2013). Supporting Professional Development with Learning through Action Projects. Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA Monograph 2).
  • Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding (eds). (2011). Teacher Professional development in Southeast Asia: Perspectives from Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Sydney: Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA Monograph 1).

Book chapters

  • Laws, K. (2016). Reflection and learning through action. In K. Laws, L. Harbon & C. Wescombe (Ed.), Investigations into Professional Practice:Learning from Action Learning Projects Australia and Southeast Asia (pp. 8–17), Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University: .
  • Nguyen, T.V.S. & Laws, K. . (2016). Higher education teachers' conceptions of teaching: Are changes feasible?. In T. Doe & K. Snell (Ed.), Practitioners as Researchers: Case Studies of Innovative Practice. (pp. 70–85), Sydney: Primrose Hall Publishing.
  • Laws, K. (2015). DEPISA: A community of practice. In K. Laws, L. Harbon & C. Wescombe (Ed.), Improving Teaching and Learning: Perspectives from Australia and Southeast Asia (pp. 1–8), .
  • Nam Nguyen & Kevin Laws. (2013). Building the Centre for Professional Development for teachers and teacher educators in Vietnam. In K. Laws, L. Harbon & C. Wescombe (Ed.), Supporting Professional Development with Learning through Action Projects: Research from Australia and Southeast Asia (pp. 31–40), Bangkok, Thailand: Phranakhon Rajabhat University.
  • Trinh Quoc Lap, Kevin Laws. (2013). Facilitating professional development through developing a learning community: Lessons learned from Can Tho University and the University of Sydney. In K. Laws, L. Harbon & C. Wescombe (Ed.), Supporting Professional Development with Learning through Action Projects: Research from Australia and Southeast Asia (pp. 23–30), Sydney: .
  • Laws, K. (2013). Learning through action: A process approach to professional development. In K. Laws, L. Harbon & C. Wescombe (Ed.), Supporting Professional Development with Learning through Action Projects: Research from Australian and Southeast Asia (pp. 3–13), Sydney: .
  • Trinh Quoc Lap, Kevin Laws & Son Jang-Ho. (2013). Developing attributes of global citizenship: Lessons learned for Vietnamese higher education from partnership programs with Australian and Korean universities. In K. Laws, L. Harbon & C. Wescombe (Ed.), Supporting Professional Development with Learning through Action Projects; Research from Australia and Southeast Asia (pp. 20–29), Bangkok, Thailand: Phranakhon Rajabhat University.
  • Trinh Quoc Lap, Chau Ngo Minh, Kevin Laws. (2011). The impact of coaching on in-service teachers' professionalism in developing and using evaluative questions in Vietnamese secondary education. In Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding (Ed.), Teacher Professional Development in Southeast Asia: Perspectives from Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam (pp. 92–113), Sydney: Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding.
  • Kevin Laws. (2011). Capacity building in schools through the professional development of teachers. In Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding (Ed.), Teacher Professional Development in Southeast Asia: Pers[pectives from Indonesia. Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. (pp. 13–24), Sydney: Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding.
  • Nguyen Hong Nam,Le Ngoc Hoa, Kevin Laws. (2011). Continuing professional development in primary schools: The effect of coaching on the professional development of primary school teachers in Vietnam.. In Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding (Ed.), Teacher Professional Development in Southeast Asia: Perspectives from Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam (pp. 114–135), Sydney: Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding.
  • Kevin Laws et al. (2010). Global citizenship and the internationalised classoom: what students think. In Fran Waugh & Lindsey Napier (Ed.), Internationalising Learning and Teaching in Academic Settings: Engagement, Collaboration and Sutainability (pp. 69–86), Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Julia Gobel and Kevin Laws. (2009). Orgaizational systeme: why emotions should be taken into account. In James Sheffield (Ed.), Systemic Development: Local Solutions in a Global Environment (pp. 423–432), USA: ISCE Publishing.
  • Kevin Laws and Robert McLeod. (2009). Retaining organizational knowledge: Learning histories revisited. In James Sheffield (Ed.), Systemic Development: Local Solutions in a Global Environment (pp. 669–678), USA: ISCE Publishing.
  • Laws, K. (2007). The Internationalisation of Australian Higher Education: Developments and Issues. In S. Krishna (Ed.), The Internationalization of Higher Education. Perspectives and Country Experiences (pp. 197–211), Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press.

Journal articles

  • Nguyen, T.V.S. (2016). Higher education purposes through teachers' lenses: Perceptions from Vietnam. Journal of Teaching and Education (JTE), 5(1), 707–718.
  • Laws, K. (2015). DEPISA: A case study of complex capacity development in a transnational setting . JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 47, 165–181.
  • Harbon, L., Lap, T. Q. & Laws, K. (2014). A five-pointed star: Enhancing explorations into English teaching in the Mekong. Pacific-Asian Education, 26(1), 45–59.
  • Thanosawan, P., & Laws, K. (2013). Global citizenship: differing perceptions within two Thai higher education institutions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35(3), 293–304. DOI:10.1080/1360080X.2013.786861
  • Trinh Quoc Lap Kevin Laws. (2010). Facilitating professional development through developing a learning community in an international collaborative partnership (in Vietnamese). Ho Chi Minh City Journal of Science Educational Issues, 19, 130–139.

Conference papers

Other

  • Kevin Laws. (2009). Global awareness, global competence, global citizenship?, Civil Servant Development Institute, Taipei ROC (7 October, 2009).