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Professor Louise Watson

Professor Louise WatsonDirector, The Education Institute

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Tel: +61 2 6201 5357


An education policy researcher and Director of the Education Institute, Louise Watson undertakes research for state and federal education departments and NGOs. A member of several public policy committees, including expert panel to review Base Funding for Higher Education (Lomax-Smith et al. 2011). All publications available via personal profile on Google Scholar.

Research Interests

  • Improvement of teaching and education in Australian education.
  • Educational policy impact on stakeholders

Evaluation of School-External Partnerships in Low-SES school communities

Watson, L. And Liu C. (2014) "Mixed Messages in the New Politics of Education', in Miller, C. and Orchard, L. (eds) Australian Public Policy, Progressive ideas in the neoliberal ascendancy (UK: Policy Press).

Chesters, J. and Watson, L. (2014) "Returns to education for those returning to education: evidence from Australia" Studies in Higher Education, Vol 39, No. 9, pp 1634-1648.

Chesters, J. and Watson, L. (2014) "Diversity and Student Performance in Higher Education" 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference, Darwin July.

Chesters, J. and Watson, L. (2013) "Understanding the persistence of inequality in higher education: evidence from Australia" Journal of Education Policy, 2013, pp 1-18.

Watson, L., Woolnough, J. Hay, I., Hellyer, L. and Stuckey, D. (2013) "Challenging the Theory/Practice Divide in Higher Education: the Teaching Clinics Model of work-integrated learning" in Goodnough, K., Galway, G. and Kelly, R. (eds) Inspiration and Innovation in Teacher Education, (UK: Lexington) pp. 197 – 214

Thomas, S. and Watson, L. (2011). "Quality and Accountability: policy tensions for Australian School leaders", in Townsend, T and MacBeath, J (eds) Springer International Handbook of Leadership for Learning, Chapter 13 pp 189 – 208. First Edition, Vol 25, Springer, New York ISBN 978-94-007-1349-9.

Watson, L. and Ryan, C. (2010) "Choosers and Losers: the impact of government subsidies on Australian secondary schools" Australian Journal of Education. Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 86-107

Watson L. (2009) "Private Tutoring in Australia. International Trends and Recent Developments" Asian Journal of Educational Research and Synergy. Vol 1. No. 2. Dec pp 1-12.

Watson, L (2009) "The challenge of social inclusion for Australian schooling", Paper presented to the Australian Social Policy Conference – Children, Young People and Families, University of New South Wales, 8-10 July 2009, Sydney.

Watson, L (2009) "Issues in reinventing school leadership: reviewing the OECD report on improving school leadership from an Australian perspective", Leading and Managing, Vol 15, No.1, (Autumn/Winter). pp 1-13.

Watson, L (2009) "Private Expectations and Public Schooling: the growth of private tutoring in Australia," Paper delivered to the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) National Conference, 30 November – 4 December, 2008 Brisbane.

Watson, L., Hay, I., Stuckey, D., Hellyer, L. and Woolnough, J. (2009) "Beyond the Practicum: Integrating Content, Pedagogy and Practice in Teacher Education", Paper delivered to the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) National Conference, 30 November – 4 December 2008, Brisbane.

Watson, L (2008) "Improving the Experience of TAFE award holders in higher education", International Journal of Training Research, Vol. 6, No. 2 2008, pp. 40-53.

Watson, L (2008) "Developing indicators for a new ERA: should we measure the policy impact of education research?" Australian Journal of Education. Vol. 52, No.2

Cram, B and Watson, L (2008) "Managing Credit Transfer from TAFE to university: the case for cross-sectoral collaboration", Paper presented to the Eleventh Australian VET Research Association Conference, 3-5 April, Adelaide