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Ann Armstrong
Ann Armstrong
Job Info
Department:
School of Education
Position Title:
Assoc. Professor
Contact Info
Phone #:
+679 32 32022
Fax #:
+679 32 31571
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Personal Info

Qualifications:

PhD [Univ of Sheffield, UK], PGCHE, MEd, Dip in Sp. Ed [Univ. of Sheffield], Teachers’ Diploma [Valsayn Teachers' College, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago], Cert. in Mass, Media and Comm [UWI, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago]

Designation: Associate Professor; Programme Coordinator (Special and Inclusive Education)

Facsimile: +679 32 31522

Room: H423

Courses taught in UK and Australia

  • Inclusive Education: Difference and Difficulty
  • Politics of Inclusion
  • Freirean Philosophy
  • Method of Educational Enquiry
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Action Research and Action Learning
  • Case Study Research
  • Auto-Ethnography
  • Professional Learning and Leadership
  • Curriculum Leadership and Managing Change
  • School-based Management and Effectiveness
  • Professional development, Mentoring and Teacher Induction

Courses currently teaching at USP

  • ED 208 - Study of Exceptional Individuals
  • ED 209 - Educating Individuals with Vision Impairments

Teaching/Work experience

Following 19 years working within a University environment, mostly in senior strategic positions, and 8 years in World Bank development programs, with responsibility for the design, implementation and monitoring of many local and international transformative interventions,
Ann Cheryl has significant achievements in transformational strategic leadership at executive evel; program design; management; implementation and evaluation of education programs. Her doctorate (for which she received the highly competitive inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Sheffield) examined the development of inclusive teacher education programmes using ‘distance’ and ‘blended’ learning pedagogies in developing countries. Since the award of her doctorate in 2001 she has undertaken research in Inclusive Education funded by the U.K. Department for International Development, the Australian Department for Education, AusAID, and the University of Sydney. In addition, she has published one co-authored and one edited book, together with 20 journal articles and refereed conference papers, 6 book chapters, 12 reports, and has made over 50 conference presentations. Her research and publications have principally been in the fields of inclusive education, professional learning, international teacher education, flexible and distance learning, and education in developing countries. This has formed an integrated body of work which has fundamentally been focused upon engaging with teacher-learners through a transformative student experience

Research Interests/Experience

Ann Cheryl has maintained a strong research and publication profile throughout her university career. She thrives in dynamic and creative environments and possesses a successful track record in inclusive education, social inclusion, professional development, curriculum development, building partnerships, international relations, and education in developing countries. Ann Cheryl’s repertoire also includes considerable knowledge and understanding of academic systems in diverse, multicultural communities and a strong record of policy development, review and implementation, financial management and working in collaborative settings.

Research Supervision

Ann Cheryl has successfully supervised 3 PhD students and 23 Masters students to completion

Grants

  • 2008- English Language Capacity Building in Mongolia Program. This enabled six senior English language teachers from Mongolia to build their capacity in English-language teaching for 1 month at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. This was the first Mongolian Project supported under the Australian Leadership Award Fellowship AusAID (AUS$96,000)
  • 2008- Electronic Video-Annotation Project, University of Sydney TeachingImprovement & Equipment Scheme (AUS$100,000)
  • 2007 Evaluation of the Professional Learning and Leadership Development Program (with Debra Hayes) DEST, Australia.( AUS$140,000)
  • 2007- Teaching Improvement & Equipment Scheme towards the development of a communication platform to enhance blended learning using IP based videoconferencing capabilities. The University of Sydney, Australia. (AUS$35,800)
  • 2001- Department for International Development, UK (£49,970) in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St Lucia. “Special Education Policy Development and Implementation” in the 8 countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Consultancies

Community Engagement

  • 1992 Member – Board of the School for the Blind.
  • 1991 Special temporary attachment – Wharton Patrick School for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • 1990 Special temporary attachment – Princess Elizabeth School for the Physically Handicapped.
  • 1990 Workshop Facilitator - conducted workshops on "Education of the Gifted and Talented" for primary & secondary school teachers through the eight educational divisions in Trinidad and Tobago at the request of the Ministry of Education. The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank Primary Education Programme.

Committees

  • 2007-2009 The University of Sydney’s Representative on the Sydney Regional Aboriginal Education Committee of the NSW Sydney Region Department for Education and Training;
  • 2007-2009 Member: The University of Sydney Indigenous Education Advisory Committee
  • 1994-1998 First Vice President- The Association for Special Education of Trinidad and Tobago (TASETT)
  • 1989-1992 Executive Secretary- The Association for Special Education of Trinidad and Tobago (TASETT).
  • 1981-1989 Assistant Secretary- The Association for Special Education of Trinidad and Tobago (TASETT).

Interests/Hobbies

Gardening, Travelling, Cooking, Learning about new cultures

Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

Journal Articles

  • Scott, J. and Armstrong, A.C. (2016) Using metaphors to understand how educators in faith based schools view professional learning: Power and Education, 8 (2), pp 140 – 159. DOI: 10.1177/1757743816650222http://pae.sagepub.com/content/8/2/140.full.pdf+html
  • Dune, T. and Armstrong, A.C. (2015) #NewWSUnites: Reflections on institutionalising acceptance and diversity through Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade: Journal of Social Inclusion. Vol 6, No. 2 pp 92 – 98 Available online December 2015: https://josi.journals.griffith.edu.au/index.php/inclusion/article/view/733/721Publisher: Griffith University ePress ISSN: 1836-8808
  • Armstrong, A.C. and White, K. (2015) Enhancing The Student Experience Through UWS Summer. In the Tertiary Education Management Conference 2015 Refereed Papers. Association for Tertiary Education Management, Editors: Ian R. Dobson and Raj Sharma. Available online December 2015:http://www.atem.org.au/uploads/publications/-TEMC_2015_Refereed_Stream_Final.pdf Publishers: Association for Tertiary Education Management and Tertiary Education Facilities Managers’ Association ISBN 978-0-9808563-6-1 Archived on December 19, 2015: pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10533/20151219-0000/www.temc.org.au/about-temc/past-temcs/temc-2015/index.html
  • Armstrong, A.C. and Cox, D. (2015) Achieving Effective Change Management through a Dynamic Communication Strategy. In the Tertiary Education Management Conference 2015 Refereed Papers. Association for Tertiary EducationManagement, Editors: Ian R. Dobson and Raj Sharma. Available online December 2015: www.atem.org.au/uploads/publications/TEMC_2015_Refereed_Stream_Final.pdf  Publishers: Association for Tertiary Education Management and TertiaryEducation Facilities Managers’ Association ISBN 978-0-9808563-6-1 Archived on December 19, 2015: pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10533/20151219-0000/www.temc.org.au/about-temc/past-temcs/temc-2015/index.html
  • Scott, J. and Armstrong, A.C. (2014) The Shifting Sands of Centre and Periphery: Education and Anglican Schools in NSW: Power and Education, 6 (2), pp 155 – 168. dx.doi.org/10.2304/power.2014.6.2.155
  • Scott, J. and Armstrong, A.C. (2013) Through a Freirean lens: professional learning, faith-based schooling and liberatory education: Professional Development in Education. DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2013.830273 Available online 26 September, 2013. dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2013.830273
  • Ellis, N. and Armstrong, A.C. (2013) How context shapes practitioner research and professional learning in schools in Singapore and NSW. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education DOI:10.1080/03057925.2013.767674 Available online: 05 Mar 2013 dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2013.767674
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2012) Building Strong Foundations in Early Childhood Education. In International Conference on Early Childhood Education 2012 (ICECE 2012) Conference Proceedings 6th November 2012, Indonesia: Padang State University.
  • Swet, Jv, Armstrong, A.C. and Lloyd, C. (2012) International collaboration as a patchwork quilt: experiences of developing collaborative practice and research in an international masters programme. Professional Development in Education. Vol38, No. 4, pp 647-661. DOI:10.1080/19415257.2012.672929 Available online 23 April 2012: dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2012.672929
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2012): Collaboration, partnerships and alliances: perspectives on Erasmus Mundus MA/Magistr in special education needs, International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI:10.1080/13603116.2011.651823 Available online: 08 Mar 2012 dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2011.651823
  • Armstrong, D, Armstrong, A.C, and Spandagou, I (2011) Inclusion: by choice or by chance? International Journal of Inclusive Education.Vol 15 No1 pp 29 – 40
  • Scott, J.T. and Armstrong, A.C. (2011) Faith-based Schools and the Public Good: Purposes and Perspectives. Refereed Conference paper AARE 2010. ARM1628 published in 2011 In Australian Association for Research in Education 2010 Conference Papers Collection [Proceedings] Compiler: Kerryn Drysdale, Editor: Sarah Howard. Available at aare.edu.au/10pap/abs10.htm Published: March 2011. Publisher: The Australian Association for Research in Education. ISSN: 1324-9320
  • Ellis, N.J. and Armstrong, A.C. (2011) What (Some) Teachers (Really) Think About Practitioner Research: Views from NSW and Singapore. Refereed Conference paper AARE 2010. ELI2149 published in 2011 In Australian Association for Research in Education 2010 Conference Papers Collection [Proceedings] Compiler: Kerryn Drysdale, Editor: Sarah Howard. Available at aare.edu.au/10pap/abs10.htm Published: March 2011. Publisher: TheAustralian Association for Research in Education. ISSN: 1324-9320
  • Ellis, N.J., Armstrong, A.C. and Ground-water Smith, S. (2010) Reviewing Action Research:from impediments to implementation. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A.Lichtenberg (eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education, 33 (pp. 279-288). Melbourne, 6-9 July, 2010
  • Armstrong, A. C. and Harbon, L.(2010) Developing Social and Cultural Capital through Semesters Abroad. Refereed Conference paper AARE.ARM091561 In Australian Association for Research in Education 2009 Conference Papers Collection [Proceedings] Compiler - Editor: Peter L. Jeffery, Professional Resources Services Pty Ltd Available at www.professionalresources.com.au Published: March 2010. Publisher: The Australian Association for Research in Education. ISSN: 1324-9320
  • Armstrong, A. C. and Spandagou, I (2010) Poverty, Inclusion and Inclusive Education exploring the connections. Refereed Conference paper AARE ARM091558. In Australian Association for Research in Education 2009 Conference Papers Collection [Proceedings] Compiler - Editor: Peter L. Jeffery, Professional Resources Services Pty Ltd Available at www.professionalresources.com.au Published: March 2010.Publisher: The Australian Association for Research in Education. ISSN: 1324-9320

Presentations and Proceedings (Conference, Symposiums and Workshop)

  • Armstrong, A.C. and White, K. (2015) Enhancing The Student Experience Through UWS Summer. Paper presented at the Association for Tertiary Education Management Conference: Leading Locally Competing Globally. Wollongong, Australia (30 August – 2 September, 2015) 
  • Armstrong, A.C. and Cox, D. (2015) Achieving Effective Change Management through a Dynamic Communication Strategy. Paper presented at the Association for Tertiary Education Management Conference: Leading Locally Competing Globally. Wollongong, Australia (30 August – 2 September, 2015) 
  • Armstrong, A.C. Nguyen, V. and White, K. (2014). From Opportunity to Achievement: a review of UWS Summer 2013/14. Paper presented at The UWS Professional Staff Conference 2014 – Theme: Progress: From Opportunity to Achievement. Sydney, Australia (6th June 2014 
  • Armstrong, A.C. and Ellis, N. (2013). Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate: Implementing an Extended Academic Year at UWS. Paper presented at The UWS Professional Staff Conference 2013 – Theme: Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate. Sydney, Australia (4th June 2013)
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2012). BTW WDYT abt chngng HE Timetables? RUUP4IT? Paper presented at The UWS Professional Staff Conference 2012 – Theme: Shaping the Future – From Vision to Action (4th June 2012)
  • Ellis, N.J. and Armstrong, A.C. (2011, Nov 27 – Dec 1). Different contexts in which practitioner research transpires: NSW and Singapore. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education: Researching Across Boundaries, Hobart, Australia.
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2011) Back to the Future: Perspectives On Erasmus Mundus MA/Magistr In Special Education Needs. Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research: URBAN EDUCATION. Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany (12 - 16 September 2011)
  • Armstrong, A.C. and Harbon, L. (2011) Life after the GFC: how European Study Abroad Students fit into the Knowledge Economy. Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research: URBAN EDUCATION. Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany (12 - 16 September 2011)
  • Armstrong, A.C. and Armstrong, D. (2011). Cultural Competence, Inclusion and Marginalised Groups. Invited presentation at the Pedagogy, Culture & Politics of Education: Dialogue for Inclusion Conference at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (9 – 12 September 2011)
  • Scott, J.T. and Armstrong.A.C. (2010) The Shifting Sands of Centre and Periphery: Education and Anglican Schools in NSW. The 2010 Australian & New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) Conference Centre and Periphery in Histories of Education, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales: 6 – 9 December 2010
  • Scott, J. T. and Armstrong, A.C. (2010) Faith-based Schools and the Public Good: purposes and perspectives. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2010 Conference: Making a Difference, Melbourne: 28 November – 2 December 2010
  • Ellis, N.J., and Armstrong, A.C. (2010) What (Some) Teachers (Really) Think About Practitioner Research: Views from NSW and Singapore.Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2010 Conference: Making a Difference, Melbourne: 28 November - 2 December 2010
  • Armstrong, A.C., Armstrong, D. and Spandagou, I. (2010) Social Inclusion in Higher Education: What’s it all about? Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2010 Conference: Making a Difference, Melbourne: 28 November – 2 December 2010
  • Spandagou, I., Armstrong, A.C. and Armstrong, D. (2010) Inclusive Education: Exploring the cross-roads of social inclusion and development. Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress (ISEC) 2010: Promoting Diversity and Inclusive Practice. Queen’s University, Belfast: 2 - 5 August 2010
  • Ellis, N.J., Armstrong, A.C. and Ground-water Smith, S. (2010) Reviewing Action Research: from impediments to implementation. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2010 Reshaping Higher Education. Hosted by Deakin University, Melbourne: 6 - 9thJuly, 2010
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2010) Voices from Erasmus Mundus MA/Magistr in Special Education: Control and the Politics of Possibility. 3rd Erasmus Mundus Special Education Needs Conference (EMSENIC), Roehampton University, London: 24 – 25th June, 2010
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2010) Inclusive Education across Cultures and Communities. Invited Seminar presented as a visiting Erasmus Mundus Scholar to Academic Staff and Students at Roehampton University, London. 17th June 2010 

Book Chapters/Reports

  • Armstrong, A.C. and Armstrong, D. (2015) Introduction. In Mitakidou, S. (ed) Roma Inclusion-International and Greek Experiences. The present of a continuum. Thessaloniki:Copy City. ISBN set: 978-618-5185-07-7 ISBN: 978-618-5185-08-4 (pp 1 – 8)
  • Armstrong, A.C. and Armstrong, D. (2015) Cultural Competence, Inclusion and Marginalised Groups In Mitakidou, S. (ed.) Roma Inclusion - International and Greek Experiences. The present of a continuum. Thessaloniki: Copy City. ISBN set: 978-618-5185-07-7 ISBN: 978-618-5185-08-4 (pp.11–23)
  • Armstrong, A.C., and Spandagou, I . (2010). Communicating Inclusively. In Ewing, R., Lowrie,T., & Higgs, J. (Ed.), Teaching and Communicating. Rethinking Professional Experiences Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press. (pp. 65–75)
  • Armstrong, A. C. (2015) Transition Report: Academic Year Optimisation Project. Submitted to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Western Sydney, Australia to support the mainstreaming of UWS Summer. 60 pages
  • Armstrong, A. C. (2012) Academic Year Review. Submitted to the Executive, University of Western Sydney, Australia. 60 pages
  • Armstrong, A.C. (2010) ERASMUS MUNDUS Scholars’ Report. Report submitted to host universities (Fontys OSO,Charles University and Roehampton University) upon completion of the scholarship. 42 pages
  • Armstrong, A.C., Simpson, A and Ewing, R. (2010) External Evaluation of Writer’s Talk. Report submitted to Centre For Learning Innovation, NSW Department of Education and Training upon completion of an evaluation of an online literary resource entitled Writers’ Talk. 32 pages
  • Armstrong, D., Armstrong, A.C., Severin, S. and Lynch, C. (2002) Special Education Policy and Practice in the Eastern Caribbean: Full Report. Report submitted to the Department for International Development (DFID) UK upon completion of the Research Project of the same name. 189 pages
  • Armstrong, D. and Namsoo , A.C. (2000) ‘Teacher Education in the Turks & Caicos Islands’. Commissioned consultancy report for the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands. 59 pages

Books

  • Armstrong, A.C, Armstrong, D and Spandagou, I (2010) Inclusive Education: International Policy and Practice. UK. SAGE Publications Limited.
  • Armstrong, A.C. (ed.) (2002) Rethinking Teacher Professionalism in the Caribbean Context. Conference Proceedings 8th – 9th January 2001. Sheffield. Sheffield Papers in Education. 104 pages
 
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