Dr Clare McBeath

Clare McBeathClare has been active in WAIER as a Forum presenter since 1986, publisher of Issues in Educational Research since 1992, a member of the WAIER Committee since 2000, and Editor of Issues in Educational Research since 2001.

Clare’s main role on the WAIER executive is as editor and publisher of Issues in Educational Research. Since becoming Editor in 2001, she has established the journal as a regular twice yearly publication. Together with the Business Manager, Dr Roger Atkinson, she has been publishing the journal online as well as in print for over ten years, and in 2008 moved to publish the journal as online only.

In her capacity as a member of the executive committee, she also helps with the WAIER Forum each year, specifically taking responsibility for the publication of the Program Booklet, drawing up the timetable of presentations and coordinating the chairing of sessions.

Clare was employed at Curtin University as a lecturer and senior lecturer for seventeen years. During this time she was awarded her PhD. Her thesis was entitled Curriculum dissemination in TAFE: A study of the educational change process in the Technical and Further Education sector in Western Australia. In 1991 she published Curriculum decision making in TAFE, which was subsequently used as a text book by the graduate and undergraduate students in the Training and Development program until a few years ago. She also edited Case Studies in TAFE Curriculum, as part of the Australian Case Studies in Curriculum series sponsored by the West Australian Social Science Education Consortium.

While working at Curtin, she published 46 papers, and presented 52 conference papers and workshops, dealing with her research in curriculum theory and practice, educational technology, online education and distance education in the fields of training and development, vocational education and higher education.

As Coordinator of the Training and Development program (consisting of the Associate Degree, the Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree) she oversaw the development of the program for online delivery on WebCT, and was the first Coordinator at Curtin to deliver an entire program this way. She also designed and developed the Graduate Certificate in VET in Schools on line.

She wrote many units for online delivery as the need arose, and has continued to write the occasional new distance education and online units for Curtin since her retirement in 2003.

As well as participating in the WAIER Forum each year, she also works on the annual Teaching Learning Forum held in Perth in late January/early February. She also participated in the organising committee for the ASCILITE national conference in Perth in 2003, the ATEA national conference in Perth in 2006, HERDSA national conference in Perth in 2006, ASCILITE national conference in Singapore in 2007 and the ASCILITE national conference in Melbourne in 2008. In each case, she has reviewed papers, assisted with the selection process, desk top published the Program Booklet, and copy edited and prepared full papers for printing or mounting on the Website.

Her main hobby is travelling, and in the last few years has toured in Italy, New Zealand, the UK, Fiji, France, Spain and Singapore.

Dr Roger Atkinson

Roger Atkinson My membership of WAIER commenced in 1994, when with Clare McBeath I presented a WAIER Forum 1994 paper, titled An Internet listserver for WAIER? The idea did not “catch on” at the time, probably because the Internet, then more commonly referred to in Australia as AARNet, was a very new and raw innovation. However, the next wave of Internet innovation, represented by World Wide Web servers and and clients such as Netscape, was put into service for WAIER purposes very rapidly. After only about one year’s experience with web site hosting and publishing, in 1997 I commenced placing WAIER’s journal, Issues in Educational Research on its own website, and soon after that started WAIER’s website.

After more than a decade of conducting the IIER and WAIER websites, I’m very pleased with the outcomes and the value that these sites have added to the journal and the association. WAIER and IIER “got into the web” at an earlier time than many other associations and journals and that has contributed quite significantly to our viability, professional standing and the prospects for future growth.

From about 2002 my website activities became more formalised when I was coopted to the WAIER Executive Committee, and in recent times I have added a new formal role as archivist for WAIER.

After a long period of contributing research conference papers and a few papers in journals, my educational research activities are now directed very much towards facilitating research publishing by others, particularly by new and novice researchers. The principal avenues that I support through editorial work and writing are the journals Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) and IIER, the ASCILITE Conference series, most recently Singapore 2007 and Melbourne 2008, the Teaching and Learning Forum conference series in Perth, and HERDSA’s Newsletter. Links to these activities and to individual articles are available at http://www.roger-atkinson.id.au/pubs/conts-all.html.

Editorial work for the journals, especially AJET, and for ASCILITE’s conferences and the TL Forum, is to a large extent a mentoring activity directed towards improving authors presentation of their research, and helping them to plan additional research observations in order to advance their work to an enhanced and publishable standard. Each year I work intensively on about 100 papers, mainly for AJET, plus undertaking smaller involvements with about 250 papers for conferences, mainly ASCILITE and TL Forum.

I continue to make a small contribution towards professional development for school teachers. Since December 1994 I have conducted the email list echalk in collaboration with the Educational Computing Association of Western Australia (ECAWA). It is an active list with over 350 subscribers [http://www.ecawa.asn.au/home/echalk/]

h5(#abs-Susan).Susan HallDr Susan Hall

Dr Susan Hall PhD is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Murdoch University’s School of Education. Susan was a WAIER Committee Member 1991-93 and 1997-98, and a presenter for several WAIER Seminars.

Dr Philip Paioff

Phil PaioffPhilip Paioff has served on WAIER’s Committee continuously since 1992, including terms as Treasurer, Vice-President and President. With a distinguished record in professional development for teachers, he is currently Manager Professional Learning in the SSTU of WA.

Phil is a graduate of The University of Western Australia, completing a Bachelor of Arts (History Major) in 1979, and a Diploma of Education in 1981. After gaining a Teacher’s Higher Certificate with the Ministry of Education, Phil continued his UWA study, with Bachelor of Education in 1987, Masters in Educational Management (Leadership and Strategic Planning Major) in 1991, and Doctor of Education (Thesis: Performance management) in 2000.

Phil has been a member of WAIER and the Executive Committee since 1992. His service includes periods as Treasurer (1994-1996), Vice-President (1997-2000), President (2001-2006) and Immediate Past President (2007-2009). His many notable contributions include an instrumental role in the ongoing development of the WAIER Forum and its organisation since 1992, initiation of the WAIER Fellows Award, and obtaining significant sponsorship support for WAIER (including the Fogarty Foundation and Members Equity).

Phil was involved in the publishing of WAIER’s marketing flyer, presided over the establishment of WAIER project portfolios, presenter of the WAIER Cameron Award (UWA) 1998-2007, and has represented and presented on behalf of WAIER at Professional Teaching Council of WA forums and forums run by Teaching Australia.

Phil’s professional roles, research and presentations include:
- Program Manager for Professional Development, Teachers Union WA. Developed policies and position papers for the strategic directions relating to professional learning programs designed to meet the professional and general career needs of government school educators 2005-2007;
- Improving Outcomes for Aboriginal Students: Assistant State Co-ordinator, Dare to Lead Program 2005-2007; Convenor, Aboriginal Educators Conference 2007; WA Consultant, What Works Program 2004-2007; Project facilitator, Yule Brook College – Community Agreement and National Resource Package on behalf of the Australian Principals Professional Development Council 2001-2006;
- Coordinator of the Australian Government Quality Teaching Program on ‘Instructional Intelligence, in conjunction with Associate Professor Barrie Bennett and the Fremantle & West Coast Education Districts, in 2006 (research/proposal and access to funding) and 2007 (program delivery and review);
- Program Manager for Professional Learning, Professional Learning Institute. Developed best practice principles framework and specialised programs to address the professional learning needs of graduate teachers in government schools (program is now compulsory for all teachers in their first 2 years of service) 2004-2005;
- Program Manager Maze 8. Researched the implications of schools seeking to utilise non-standard IT platforms (i.e. non SIS) and presented a position paper to Office of the Director General;
- Research and Development Officer, Mount Lawley SHS (major papers on effective middle schooling, and value of senior school and tertiary educational links. Resulted in significant changes to policies and programs);
- Executive member and Treasurer of the WA Council for Educational Leaders 1997-1999;
- Head of Learning Area, Social Science 1991-2000;
- Executive member Affiliation of Professional Education Associations (APEA now PCTWA) 1995-1996
- Developer of the SCOPE action research project materials and trained/supported teachers engaged in targeted action research projects;
- Project Manager National Professional Development Program 1994-1995 (Curriculum Leadership);
- President of the Heads of Department Association of WA 1993-1995;
- Vice President Social Studies Association 1992-1993;
- Presented papers at local, state, national and international conferences and forums run by WAIER, Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Heads of Department Association, School Education Districts, Social Science Association, Professional Teaching Council of WA, UWA, Australian Principals Professional Development Council, Department of Education WA, Catholic Education Office WA, as well as provide general support for schools, associations and postgraduate students in the field of education.

Phil’s awards include: WA Council for Educational Leaders WA Fellow 2000; Outstanding Leadership CALM Environmental Program 2000; Churchill Fellow 1997; and Japan Foundation Award 1992.

Dr Philip Deschamp

Philip DeschampPhilip Deschamp was a member of WAIER’s executive during the1980s and served in the positions of President, Vice-President and Secretary. He played a significant role in helping to establish the wonderful Forum. Philip obtained his PhD in 1982, with a thesis focused on unobtrusive research and evaluation methodologies. He also has an Honours degree in Education, majoring in Curriculum and Research Methodology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Philosophy. After a distinguished career in the public sector, he has been a director of EasyMark Pty Ltd and Precision Information Pty Ltd for the past 15 years.

Philip’s numerous awards include: The Educational Research Development Committee Training Fellowship (1979); Convocation Prize in Philosophy (University of WA, 1973); Life Membership of the Paraplegic Quadriplegic Association of Western Australia (1988); Offered Executive Development Programme by the State Public Service Commission (1989); and the Bicentennial Medal presented by the Governor General (2003).

Philip’s contribution to the educational research within Western Australia is wide and varied, including: Principal’s performance management template survey – a state-wide survey conducted for the Department of Education and Training, 2006; SIS review report- a survey of schools that have commenced the implementation of the SIS Software, conducted for the Education Department of Western Australia, 2005; Curriculum framework implementation report. – a state-wide survey for the Curriculum Council of WA, 2005; Post school intentions and student satisfaction survey – 2001, conducted for the Cannington and Swan District Offices; The impact of RM’s mathematics software on aboriginal students’ achievement in and attitude towards, mathematics, conducted for RM Australia, 2002; Merit promotion survey, conducted for the Western Australian Primary Principal’s Association, 2001; Quality teaching project: Monitoring and evaluation strategy, conducted for the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia, 2001; and Local Area Education Planning – Wanneroo/Neerabup Area, conducted for the Education Department of Western Australia, Joondalup District, 2000.

His remarkably extensive community service in education and other sectors includes:
- Member of editorial panel of the Australian Journal of Education (1987-1988)
- Member of the editorial panel of Curriculum Perspectives (1988- )
- Member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (1986-1988)
- Council Member of the Australian Council for Educational Research (1987-1988)
- Member Australian Co-operative Assessment Project (1985-1986)
- Member Australian Science and Technology Advisory Council (1988-1989)
- Member of the Technology and Industry Advisory Council of Western Australia (1990-1995)
- Chairman of Ministerial advisory committee appointed to recommend to the WA Minister for Health regarding the implementation of the Disabilities Services Act in Western Australia (1988-1989)
- Member of the Equal Opportunities Tribunal (1989-1995)
- Chaired and advised numerous Ministerial Advisory Councils and Taskforces for Disability Services since the late 1980s.