Dr Neville John Ellis

BEd(Art)(CAI), MEd(NU Singapore), DipDepartmentalManagement(NanTech), PhD(Sydney)

Sessional Academic


Phone: +61 040691 2626


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Teacher professional learning, Practitioner enquiry, Teachers' beliefs and practices

Professional biography

Neville has worked as a classroom teacher, school leader and academic in various settings both in NSW and abroad, spending considerable time in Singapore where he worked as a Senior Education Officer for the Ministry of Education. 

His PhD, completeted through the University of Sydney, was a comparative case study which focussed on teacher professional learning and practitioner research, investigating how practices are pre-figured and hence remodelled in different contexts. 

Neville's research interests lie in curriculum and assessment, pedagogy and practice, practitioner research, teacher professional learning and career development.


  • ASCD Bookprize, Diploma of Departmental Management, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2002

  • Thomas T Roberts Education Fellowship, 2010

  • Outstanding Research Student Award, 2011, Semester 2

  • Trevor Miller Memorial Fund Award, 2012

Professional and community roles

  • Member of the NSW Institute for Educational Research (IeR) executive committee

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Ellis, N.J. (in press). Afraid to lose out: the impact of kiasuism on practitioner research in Singapore schools . Educational Action Research.
  • Ellis, N.J. & Armstrong, A.C. (2013). How context shapes practitioner research and professional learning in schools in Singapore and NSW . Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education . DOI:10.1080/03057925.2013.767674
  • Ellis, N.J., Armstrong, A.C. & Groundwater-Smith, S . (2009). Academics’ views of the value of action research in secondary schools. Synergy, 29, 12–18.
  • Ellis, N.J., & Tay-Koay, S.L. (1995). The Notion of Creativity in Art and the Influence of Cultural Exposure. Singapore Journal of Education, 15(2), 52–63.

Conference papers

  • Ellis, N.J. & Armstrong, A.C . (2011). What (Some) Teachers (Really) Think about Practitioner Research: Views from NSW and Singapore. In S. Howard (Ed.), Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference 2010 Conference Proceedings. Melbourne, Australia, 30 Nov – 2 Dec, 2010.
  • Ellis, N.J., Armstrong, A.C. & Groundwater-Smith, S . (2010). Reviewing action research: From impediments to implementation. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education, 33 (pp. 279–288). Melbourne, 6-9 July, 2010.