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

  • Preschool, primary and secondary
  • Higher education
  • International and comparative education


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

As Director of International Students, I coordinate a welcome-and-induction program for new international students each semester. I am also a point of contact for students with academic issues confronting the. I mentor AusAID scholarship students in the faculty.

As Director of International Projects, I actively seek opportunities for the funding of projects within the faculty, for example, Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships, Endeavour Awards and International Project Development Fund awards. I also plan and arrange opportunities for education students to have short-trm international experiences through English Camps, conducted during student vacations, in Thailand, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and China.



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.



Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Making methodology work: an examination of the use of professional development in implementing and establishing change in schools. (Associate supervisor) PhD Jennifer Petschler
An ethnographic study of decision making by administrators at a private K-12 school in India. EdD Vijai Rajagopal
Understanding leadership complexity in the 21st century - exploring educational leadership in four New South Wales public schools. (Supervisor) PhD Shanti Clements
Transformation with the concept of global citizenship in higher education: a case study PhD Ying Michelle Shang
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

  • Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding (eds). (2011). Teacher Professional development in Southeast Asia: Perspectives from Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.. Sydney: Kevin Laws, Lesley Harbon, Ruth Fielding.

Book chapters

  • 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.
  • Trinh Quoc Lap, Chau Ngo Minh, Kevin Laws. (2011). The impact of coachig 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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).