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Transnational Teaching and Learning


Tania Aspland

Tania Aspland is currently Professor in Teacher Education at the University of Adelaide and president of the Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA). She has been a leader in course development in teacher education for many years and is currently engaged in a number of research projects in higher education pedagogies in teacher education undergraduate and graduate courses. Tania Aspland has developed an international reputation for community capacity building in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, and Vietnam. She has evidenced-based success with action learning as a project based learning strategy in developing countries. Tania Aspland has been employed in off shore contexts in the field of curriculum development and curriculum evaluation and thesis supervision. She has also instigated new models of professional development within schools and universities, to support the process of curriculum development and leadership.
The building of a professional portfolio, the centrality of professional attributes, an investigative orientation to learning and a process of student self auditing are key innovations within teacher education that are central to the programs that Aspland has developed in collaboration with her colleagues, each taking on their own characterization within local contexts

Marcelle Cacciattolo

Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo is a sociologist and a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University. She received her PhD from Monash University in 2002. Over the last decade her research has been cross-disciplinary involving health sciences and education-based research. Other research projects that Marcelle has been involved include young people and their wellbeing, refugee relocation, social justice and authentic teaching and learning pedagogies within tertiary settings. Marcelle is a senior researcher in the Standpoint project and works closely with schools in the Western Region to examine how inclusive pedagogies can support children and families who are the least advantaged. She is also the Chief Investigator of the Positive Education Project at Victoria University. Marcelle teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate units in the School of Education.

Anne Chapman

Anne Chapman is Winthrop Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia. She teaches in the areas of qualitative research methods, and professional development in education. She is the Director of Transnational Programmes and coordinates and teaches units in the School's Masters and Doctoral programmes delivered offshore in Singapore and Hong Kong. Her main research interests are the internationalisation of higher education, quality assurance in transnational teaching and learning, and the social semiotics of classroom learning. Current research projects include global higher education mobility and student identity.

Tom O'Donoghue

Winthrop Professor Tom O'Donoghue, is located in the Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is also a former President of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society. He specialises in comparative education, qualitative research approaches, and history of education Heworked as a high school teacher in Ireland and as a teacher, educator and university academic in Ireland, Papua New Guinea and around Australia. He is a member of editorial boards of History of Education (UK), Journal of Educational Administration and History (UK), History of Education Review (Australia), The Australian Journal of Irish Studies, The Welsh Journal of Education, International Studies in Catholic Education (UK), and The Australian Journal of Teacher Education.

David Pyvis

Dr David Pyvis is an associate professor in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University. Over the past fourteen years, he has written, coordinated and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate Australian transnational higher education courses in countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and Hong Kong. Dr Pyvis has researched and published extensively on quality challenges and quality enhancement in cross-border higher education.