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Marnie O'Neill

Dr Marnie O'Neill

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Education, Graduate School of

Contact details
Graduate School of Education
The University of Western Australia (M428)
35 Stirling Highway
MA MEd W.Aust., PhD Murd.
Marnie O’Neill joined the university as an academic in 1981. She had previously built a career with the Education Department of Western Australia, as a teacher of English, a Head of Department and an Education Officer in the Curriculum Branch. Professional commitments included membership of the English Teachers’ Association, the National Council for the Australian Association for the Teaching of English and editing the national journal of the association. Within the University she was the inaugural Director of Teaching for pre-service teacher education, co-ordinator of the professional Doctor of Education program and served as dean and head of school for five years. Her current spheres of interest are in supervision of higher degree students and contributions to teaching and supervision in the transnational Masters and Doctoral programs
Key research
Curriculum policy and practive, English education studies, language, literacy and learning, social discourse studies, teaching and learning, classroom studies, gender studies, gifted and talented children.
Publications include two books, five resource books and more than thrity articles and book chapters, including:

Tynan, B. and O’Neill, M. Individual perseverance: a theory of home tutors’ management of schooling in isolated settings, Distance Education: An International Journal, 2007.

Oerlemans, K., O’Neill, M.,Vidovich L. Empowering students in educational change: An approach adopted from Paulo Freire The International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2006.
Oerlemans, K., Vidovich L., O’Neill, M. Including Students? Student Voices in Policy and Educational Change, Curriculum Perspectives, 2006.

Zorbas, M. Chapman, A. & O’Neill, M. (2005) Choices and decisions: perspectives of young males on withdrawing from business certificate courses in technical and further education, Research in Post-compulsory Education, Vol 10, No. 2.

Zorbas, M., O'Neill, M. and Chapman, A. Final Straws: factors in decisions of young males withdrawing from a vocational business course, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 56:2, pp 329-350 (2004)

Criddle. E., Vidovich, L. and O'Neill, M. Discovering democracy: an analysis of curriculum policy for citizenship education, Westminster Studies in Education (now called Int. Jn. Research and Method in Education- Ulrich appears for latter now, 27:1, pp 27-41 (2004)
Future research
Provision of educational pathways for students in government senior secondary schools since 2005.
Funding received
2003: Developing Student Outcomes' units for the teaching of a professional doctorate
programs in Education Studies $6000.
2002: Developing a model for professional development in cross-curriculum numeracy teaching in middle schools in WA – UWA Grant $13,000
2001: Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia Numeracy project $45,000
1999: Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia Literacy project $30,000
1996: Literacy demands in the Graduate Diploma of Education $5,000
1995: Action Leadership for Women project $4,000
1992: Federal Council for the Advancement of University Teaching (CAUT) grant $150,000
1984: Schools Commission project of National Significance: Education of Gifted Children $25,000
Australian Council of Deans of Education (2002-2005)
Board of Western Australian College of Teaching (2003-2005)
Rural Education Forum Australia, National Roundtable 2004
Remote and Rural Education Advisory Committee (RREAC) 2001- 2003.
Australian Association for Education Research (AARE)1994-
National Council of the Teaching of English (USA) 1995-
Life member of the English teachers Association of Western Australia (1992-)
National Council of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (1984-89)
Australian Reading Association (1984-91)
Curriculum Interest Group (1982-84)
National Association for the Teaching of English (UK) (1989).
Honours and awards
Commendations for Excellence in Innovations in Teaching (together with the DEET project team, 1993), Excellence in Teaching (1996); Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision (2000).
Inclusion in the national database, 'Exemplary Teaching Database, Reflecting on University Teaching Project, CAUT' (1996)
Life Membership of the English Teachers' Association of Western Australia (affiliated with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English) for services to the profession (1992).
Autobiography: The Writers' Story, was short-listed for the Western Australian Week Literary Awards (1989).
Professional development work with Mellor and Patterson on Gender and Literature was selected as an exemplary in-service project by the Schools Commission (1988).
Previous positions
Director of Teaching 1995-96; Dean and Head of School, 2000-2005
Chair and Supervising examiner, for Tertiary Entrance examination, English, 1987-1990
Editor of English in Australia (1984-89)
Joint co-ordinator of EdD program (1998-)

Advanced Research Methods EDUC9971
Paradigms in Education Studies EDUC9973
Action Research and Curriculum Innovation EDUC8662
Teaching Literacies EDUC8410
Youth Culture EDUC1101
Constructions of Teachers’ Work EDUC2202
Current external positions
Board Member, Sevenoaks Senior College
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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