has been an Australian policy researcher in the area of adult and vocational learning with a special interest in the community education sector.
John was a teacher and researcher in adult and vocational learning for over 25 years at the University of Technology Sydney and its predecessor organisations. For some years he was a member of the Board of Adult and Community Education and Chair of of the NSW Advisory Committee on Community Education.
He is an Adult Learning Australia Research Fellow and since 2010 has been an
Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics at the University of Canberra, where he is currently working on projects with the Australian National Museum of Education.
Earlier research on capacity building in ACE providers includes Enterprising ACE (for Adult Learning Australia, 2010) and Engagement, Knowledge and Capability: Connecting Research and Policy to Practice (for the Victorian ACFE Board, 2007)—download as full report or journal article.
In 2012 he contributed a policy history of lifelong learning in adult and vocational education in Australia to the Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (Springer 2012).Preview the Second Springer International Handbook of Lifelong Learning chapter here.
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Theatre for Children Sydney
John has researched the Theatre for Children founded and directed by Rosemarie Benjamin in Sydney from 1937 to 1957. His uncle was a leading member of the company. Read about the Theatre for Children as webpage or as journal article. For the Freudian influence on Benjamin, see the Freud and Oceania blog.
Australian National Museum of Education
John manages the website communications of the museum that is based in the Faculty of ESTeM at the University of Canberra. He has a project collecting historical images of schooling in the Federation period (1901-1920) and before. More here.
History of Wat Buddha Dhamma
John has a long-standing interest in the Buddhist meditation practice of satipaṭṭhāna vipassanā. He is a member of the Canberra Insight Meditation Group and a Trustee of the Buddha Sāsana Association of Australia that owns and operates the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre.
Since 2015 he has been researching a history of Wat Buddha Dhamma, a pioneering Theravada organisation that established a forest monastery and meditation centre in 1978. For more information, see the Wat Buddha Dhamma history project.