Aidan is an educational sociologist. His research focusses on students’ positioning in higher education, in particular student activism, partnership and the relationship between governance, students and pedagogy. Aidan’s PhD is titled ‘Student Activism and Partnership in Higher Education’. This ethnographic project explores student power, protest and partnership at Flinders University through a historical and contemporary context. Aidan’s research draws on a realist social science and recognises structure and agency as a central concept to understanding student power.
Aidan is experienced in researching primary, secondary and tertiary education. He has worked in roles that require substantial: research data use for policy development, application and visualisation; applying qualitative research methods to emergent education practices and primary & middle school teaching; application of ethnographic research methods and diverse qualitative methodological frameworks and tools. In addition, Aidan has extensively engaged the design of learning and teaching platforms, the design of software platforms for research purposes and the development of analytic tools for student engagement in e-learning.
He is currently engaged in projects that: involve education students in STEM industry placements; design school-based teaching and learning in the context of industry; students’ self regulation of learning in STEM classrooms; the sociology of higher education and student partnership; and military veteran students in higher education.
Aidan has also worked for several years as an education consultant, working with teachers and leaders, implementing innovative practice from formative assessment strategies to project-based learning planning for integrated curriculum across schools in South Australia. Supporting the learning of teachers around Australia and the world through coordinated online learning opportunities. Development and delivery of research informed professional development to in-service teachers. Aidan has designed learning for in-service teachers and pre-service teachers in a range of contexts, including: formative assessment, STEM education, project and problem-based learning and curriculum integration.
PhD Candidate in the Portfolio of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).
Learning Designer (CILT) in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Teaching expertise: Sociology of Education; Participatory Research; Social Research Methods; Ethnographic Research; Race, Class and Gender in Education; Industry Engagement; STEM Education; Technology Enhanced Learning; Project Based Learning.
Thematic interests: Teacher Education, Sociology, Democracy, Governance, Student Voice and Partnership.
Teaching areas: Intital Teacher Education, Continuing Professional Education; University and Prepratory Studies; Sociology.
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