Kerry Bissaker worked as a classroom teacher and special education consultant before commencing her position at Flinders University in 1997. She has engaegd in extensive international roles holding leadership positions in this area with a particular focus on inclusive education in developing countries. Her international work in Asia has resulted in two Australia Award Fellowships and partnerships with universities, institutes and non-government agencies in Singapore, China, Indonesia and Nepal. The focus of her research is on effective learning processes for both students and teachers and in particular the role of teachers' professional learning is developing schools as dynamic learning organisations. Her primary interest in teachers' professional learning resulted in extensive work with the Australian Government Quality Teacher Project in both South Australian and the Northern Territory. Her doctoral research with the staff of the innovative Australian Science and Mathematics School generated an explanatory model of professional learning which has subsequently been used as a tools for other schools.
Kerry won a Carrick Institute for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2006. The citation read:
For excellence in the design and delivery of context-specific post graduate programs and sustained commitment to teachers' professional learning.
She was also part of team of School of Education staff who won an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation in 2008:
For sustained exemplary practice in the development and delivery of programs which provide a highly valued, holistic educational experience for offshore students.
Kerry has acted as a consultant to schools in numerous areas including early language and literacy development, action research and practitioner inquiry, school development plans and research project design. She is actively involved in school and program evaluation projects with various schooling sectors in South Australia.
Kerry is the Minister for Education and Child Development's tertiary nominees on the SA Ministerial Advisory Committee for Children and Students with Disability.
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