Greg Thompson is Associate Professor of Education Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a high school teacher in Western Australia for 13 years. Thompson’s research focuses on educational theory, education policy, and the philosophy/sociology of education assessment and measurement with a particular emphasis on large-scale testing. Recent research projects include reconceptualising test validity, understanding the effects of commercialisation in public schools, the private provision of schooling in England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Instructional Rounds as Professional Learning, and the impending impact of learning personalisation/Big Data on schools. Recent books include The Global Education Race: Taking the Measure of PISA and International Testing (Brush Education), National Testing in Schools: An Australian Assessment (Routledge) and The Education Assemblage (Routledge).
Written by Greg Thompson
The status of teachers remains a concern in many jurisdictions. Teachers are aware that holding the same qualifications or levels of training as other professions does not bring the same status, despite teaching and facilitating learning being complex work that requires significant expertise.
The status of teachers remains a perennial concern for unions and governments. There is a common adage that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers . It is time to redefine this adage - the quality of an education system cannot exceed the extent...Improving the status of teachers through intelligent professionalism
This study collected scoping data to document and understand the extent of privatisation and commercialisation of education in eight Council of Pacific Education (COPE) nations - the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The Commercialisation in Public Schooling project explores the extent and character of commercialisation in Australian public schooling. The study also documents the structural conditions, as well as political values, which enable this.