Associate Professor Andrea Allard
Role and Profile
Andrea Allard has over thirty years working in educational settings as a secondary teacher, curriculum writer, policy officer and teacher educator. Her teaching and research activities are aligned with two areas of growing national concern: how schooling and higher education can better engage and retain students from non-mainstream categories (ie., low socio-economic status, Indigenous, non-English speaking backgrounds); and how to attract, prepare and retain teachers to work successfully with all students, in complex times and in global contexts. As a curriculum writer and teacher educator, she has collaborated on a range of school-based action research projects, including several funded through the Commonwealth. She has been a Chief Investigator on a number of Australian Research Council funded projects and has extensive experience in empirically based studies, using interview and focus group data collection methods, and critical discourse analysis. Her research examines the social and cultural dimensions of identity formation and diversity. Andrea is especially concerned with shifting relations of power/knowledge as these are theorised by Foucault and how such relations operate through governing discourses in education. A particular research and teaching interest focuses on how teachers, as potential agents of change, understand and engage with difference in their relationships with children and how teachers also are positioned through pedagogical practices.