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About the symposium

The International English Education Symposium is a day long event held at Monash University in Melbourne on Friday 29 November 2019, in the lead up to the AATE National Conference.

The symposium will promote a focused, active dialogue amongst English educators from across Australia and internationally about the teaching of writing.


Standards-based reforms continue to play an enabling and constraining role in the ways English educators (in schools and universities across the world) understand and experience the teaching of writing.

From professional teaching standards to accreditation of teacher education courses to high stakes testing of literacy, standards policies have sometimes prompted lively and critical conversations about English teaching more broadly and the teaching of writing in particular.

However, there is now a substantial body of research that documents the ways standards-based reforms have suppressed critical and creative thinking and practices in many writing classrooms. Much research also documents the ways English educators are working strategically to address standards-based reform imperatives but also to meet the needs of multicultural, plurilinguistic students in their care.

Symposium aims

  1. To gather a group of English education researchers and practitioners engaged with questions of writing and writing development.
  2. To initiate a more formal network of English education researchers, graduate research students, English teachers and others focused on improving research and practice in English education.

Organising team

Scott Bulfin

Dr Scott Bulfin
Senior Lecturer in English Education, and Associate Director of Graduate Research in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Scott's research investigates the relationship between English and literacy education and technologies both old and new. His most recent book (with Neil Selwyn, Selena Nemorin and Nicola Johnson) is Everyday schooling in the digital age: High school, high tech? (Routledge, 2018).

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Graham Parr

Assoc. Prof. Graham Parr
Associate Professor in English Education, and Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Graham's recent research projects include co-editing (with Brenton Doecke and Wayne Sawyer) Language and creativity in contemporary English classrooms, and co-leading (with Scott Bulfin) the cross-sector stella2.0 project, which supports writing-based professional learning communities for English teachers and and teacher educators.

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Fleur Diamond

Dr Fleur Diamond
Lecturer in English education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Fleur's research interests include teacher education, teacher identity, English disciplinary histories, and pedagogies of text study and writing.

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Stephanie Wescott

Stephanie Wescott
PhD student in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Stephanie's research examines the relationship between the post-truth movement and current trends in education practice and policy. She also teaches in the English education team.