About the Author
Raewyn Connell is University Professor at the University of Sydney, and one of Australia's leading social scientists. She is author or co-author of books that include Teachers' Work, Making the Difference, Schools and Social Justice, and, most recently, Southern Theory. She is known internationally for her work in gender studies, educational sociology and social theory; and has tried though an academic career to make social science relevant to social justice. Craig Campbell is an honorary associate professor in the history of education at the University of Sydney. Before 1990, he was a teacher and teacher union leader in South Australia. His research concentrates on adolescence and secondary schooling. Single and co-authored books include The Comprehensive Public High School (2006), Going to School in Oceania (2007), School Choice (2009) and Unley High School: One Hundred Years of Public Education (2010). With Dr Helen Proctor he is currently working on the first new history of Australian schooling to have been published since 1980. It is expected to appear in 2012. Margaret Vickers is Professor of Education at the University of Western Sydney. She is active in both community service and research on social justice issues, gender, early school leaving and youth in transition. Margaret began her working life as a high school teacher, and her career includes senior appointments in the Australian Public Service and the Paris-based OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Anthony Welch is Professor of Education, University of Sydney, and specialises in education policy, with interests in Australia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. Current work focuses largely on higher education reforms, where he consults to regional governments and international agencies. A recent Fulbright New Century Scholar, he has also been Visiting Professor in Germany, USA, Japan, UK, Hong Kong and France. Recent books include The Professoriate (2005) and The Dragon and the Tiger Cubs (on China-ASEAN relations) . His next book is on South-East Asian higher Education. Professor Welch also directs the nationally-funded research project: The Chinese Knowledge Diaspora. Dennis Foley has published across a range of disciplines within the humanities and management. His work has reviewed the education of Indigenous Australians within Australian settler society, advocating the inclusion of an Indigenous epistemology and pedagogy. He is a Fulbright Scholar, having studied the links between education, microeconomic reform and improved life chances. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Australian National University's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Books include Repossession of Our Spirit and Successful Indigenous Australian Entrepreneurs. Currently he is working at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. Nigel Bagnall is a respected researcher in the field of international education. His teaching in international schools led to his doctorate on the International Baccalaureate (University of Melbourne, 1994). His books include Youth Transition in a Globalised Marketplace (2005) and International Schools as Agents for Change (2008). He was an initiator and original author of the first edition of Education Change and Society (2007). His new book, Education and Belonging deals with the need for all students to feel a part of theeducation process in order to participate fully in it. He has published in Spanish, French and Portuguese. Debra Hayes is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She is a co-author of Teachers and Schooling Making a Difference: Productive Pedagogies, Assessment and Performance and Leading Learning: Making Hope Practical in Schools. Her research concerns inequities in education and how these are constituted by schooling discourses and teaching practices. Debra works closely with school and system-based educators in the public system, as well as community-based workers and organisations. She is a former secondary school science teacher.