Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith


Honorary Professor, Division of Professional Learning


Phone: +61 2 9351 6327

Fax: +61 2 9559 7174

Building.Room: A35.443

Research interests

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • Preschool, primary and secondary

Research on teaching and learning

  • Teacher education and professional learning


Teacher professional learning, student voice, mixed methods in school inquiry

Professional biography

Susan Groundwater-Smith is the convenor of the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools whose purpose is to engage in ongoing, systematic practitioner inquiry. She has supported a large number of other schools as an academic partner introducing them to innovative methods of inquiry with a particular emphasis upon student voice and the use of images in capturing young people's perspectives on their learning experiences. Susan collaborates with the Audience Research Unit at the Australian Museum assisting in consultation with students and teachers regarding actual and planned exhibitions. She works with a range of universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

Selected publications


  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Dockett, S. & Bottrell, D. (2015). Participatory research with children and young people. Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Mockler, N. & Groundwater-Smith, S. (2015). Engaging with student voice in research, education and community: Beyond legitimation and guardianship. Rotterdam: Springer.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Ponte, P., Mitchell, J., Mockler, N. & Ronnerman, K. (2013). Facilitating Practitioner Research: Developing Transformational Partnerships. UK: Routledge.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Ewing, R. & Le Cornu, R. (2011). Teaching: Challenges and Dilemmas. (4th ed.), Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Campbell, A. & Groundwater-Smith, S. (Eds.). (2010). Action Research in Education. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Campbell, A. & Groundwater-Smith (Eds). (2010). Connecting Inquiry and Professional Learning in Education. London: Routledge.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. & Mockler, N. (2009). Teacher Professional Learning in an Age of Compliance: Mind the Gap. Rotterdam: Springer.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Brennan, M., McFadden, M., Mitchell, J. & Munns, G. (2009). Secondary Schooling in a Changing World. (2nd ed.), Melbourne: Cengage.
  • Campbell, A. & Groundwater-Smith, S. (2007). An Ethical Approach to Practitioner Research: Dealing with Issues and Dilemmas in Action Research . New York: Routledge.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Mitchell, J. & Mockler, N. (2007). Learning in the Middle Years: More than a Transition. Melbourne: Thomson Learning.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Ewing, R. & Le Cornu, R. (2006). Teaching: Challenges and Dilemmas. (3rd ed.), Melbourne: Thomson.

Book chapters

  • Mayes, E. & Groundwater-Smith, S. (2013). Ricoprire posizioni alternative: Student voice, riflessione e riforma [Performing alternative positions: Student voice, reflection and reform]. In V. Grion and A. Cook-Sather (Eds.), Student Voice. Prospettive Internazionale e Pratiche Emergenti in Italia [IStudent Voice. International Perspectives and Emergent Practices in Italy]. (pp. 193–211), Italy: Guerini.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. (2012). Mentoring teacher inquiry: Lessons in lesson study. In S. Fletcher & C. Mullen (Ed.), The Sage Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching in Education (pp. 494–505), London: Sage Publications.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. & Mockler, N. (2012). Sustaining professional learning networks: The Australasian challenge. In C. Day (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Teacher and School Development (pp. 506–515), London: Routledge.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. (2011). Living ethical practice in qualitative research. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Ed.), Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research (pp. 201–210), Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. & Irwin, J. (2011). Action Research in Education and Social Work. In Markauskaite, L., Freebody, P. & Irwin, J. (Ed.), Methodological Choice and Design: Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research (pp. 57–69), New York: Springer.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. (2009). Cooperative Change Management through Practitioner Inquiry. In B. Somekh & S. Noffke (Ed.), Handbook of Educational Action Research (pp. 186–194), London: Sage Publications.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. & Mockler, N. (2008). Ethics in Practitioner Research: an Issue of Quality. In J. Furlong & A. Oancea (Ed.), Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-Based Research (pp. 79–92), London: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Groundwater-Smith, S. & Mockler, N. (in press). From data source to co-researchers? Tracing the shift from 'student voice' to student–teacher partnerships in Educational Action Research. Educational Action Research. DOI:10.1080/09650792.2015.1053507
  • Mockler, N. & Groundwater-Smith, S. (2015). Seeking for the unwelcome truths: Beyond celebration in inquiry-based teacher professional learning. Teachers and Teaching, 21(5), 603–614. DOI:10.1080/13540602.2014.995480
  • Groundwater-Smith, S. (2011). Concerning equity: The voice of young people. Leading & Managing, 17(2), 52–65.