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Kellie Bousfield

 Kellie Bousfield

Kellie Bousfield is Associate Head of School and Lecturer in the sociology and philosophy of education in CSU’s School of Education. Kellie is located on CSU's Wagga Wagga campus.

Kellie’s current research focuses on education policy and the experience of parents and students in contexts of standardised testing. As a critical researcher, Kellie’s research also maintains a strong focus on equity, access, and opportunity in education.

Kellie is an active member of the Australian Sociological Association and serves as co-convenor for the Australian Sociological Association's sociology of education thematic group. Kellie also serves as Book Review Editor for the international multi-disciplinary journal Rural Society. Kellie has social and political commentary experience and has written for The Conversation, professional journals, and appeared on several news radio programmes. Kellie also maintains a keen interest in emerging sociological and educational research. She provides regular peer reviews of academic texts and research literature for several international journals.

Kellie currently serves on the School of Education Assessment and Reporting Committee, School of Education Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee, and the CSU Student Misconduct Panel. Kellie is a member of The Australian Sociological Association, The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, and Social Education Victoria.

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Kellie’s research interests derive from the sociology of education, sociology of family and the sociology of childhood. Kellie also has a keen interest in contemporary philosophical issues in Western education settings.

As a critical, qualitative researcher, Kellie’s research is primarily concerned with social justice issues in contemporary education. In particular, Kellie aims to situate what may sometimes be deemed as personal problems as public issues. Consequently, her research aims to promote conversation both inside and outside of academia able to respond to uncertainties relating to education, parenting, and childhood, in an increasingly liquid world. Her most recent published research investigates the impact of Australian standardised testing on educators, parents, and children. As an Australian Post-Graduate Award recipient, Kellie’s PhD research extends on these previous studies to consider the culture of parenting that has evolved in response to NAPLAN and My School education policy. Drawing on critical sociological theory, this research is concerned with uncovering caregivers’ ability or inability to participate in an education system underpinned by ideologies of neo-liberalism and individualism.

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2018 CSU Establishment Grant

2018 CSU Conference Travel Grant

2014 CSU Arts Faculty Publication Award

2013 The Australian Sociological Association Honours Award

2013 CSU Honours Publication Award

2013 Australian Post-Graduate Award

2012 Pearson Student Academic Achievement Honour

2011 CSU Honours Scholarship

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Kellie teaches a range of sociology, philosophy, and psychology subjects in the Bachelor of Education early childhood, primary, and secondary programmes.

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Journal Articles

Tinkler, J., & Bousfield, K. (2019). Disengaged or disillusioned. Ethos, 27(2), 20-23.

Ragusa, A., & Bousfield, K. (2015). It’s not the test, it’s how it’s used! Critical analysis of public response to NAPLAN and My School Senate Inquiry. British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI10.1080/01425692.2015.1073100

Bousfield, K., & Ragusa, A. (2014). A sociological analysis of Australia's NAPLAN and My School Senate Inquiry submissions: the adultification of childhood? Critical Studies in Education, 55(2), p. 170-185 DOI:10.1080/17508487.2013.87705

Book Chapter

McCardle, F., Sumsion, J., Greisheiber, S., Bousfield, K., and P. Shield (2016).  Team playersIn T. Brabazon (Ed.), Play: A theory of learning and change (pp. 35-54). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25549-1_4

Refereed Conference Papers

Bousfield, K., & Ragusa, A. (2013). NAPLAN and the commodification of parenting. Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association Conference. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University

Academic Commentary/Media

Bousfield, K. (2019). NSW budget: Giving schools extra money only if they meet ‘outcomes’ can hamper teaching standards. The Conversation, June 21, 2019,

Bousfield, K., & Tinkler, J. (2019). Teaching is too often seen as as fall-back option, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. The Conversation, May 10, 2019.

Bousfield, K. (2019). It’s clear we’re living in a parentocracy. Australian Teacher Magazine 15(4).

Bousfield, K. (2019). Education isn’t a meritocracy, it’s a parentocracy. The Sydney Morning Herald, (Fairfax Media Reprint), April 1, 2019.

Bousfield, K. (2019). Aussie parents are under pressure to buy their kids academic advantage too. The Conversation, March 25, 2019.

Bousfield, K., & Tinkler, J. (2018). Student protests show Australian education does get some things right. The Conversation, December 6, 2018.

Media Interviews

Keys, D. (Presenter). (2019, April 4). Interview with Kellie Bousfield: The pressures of buying academic advantage. In Wednesdaily [Radio Broadcast]. Sydney, Australia: 2SER 107.3.

Fuller, K. (Presenter). (2019, March 26). Interview with Kellie Bousfield: Education as parentocracy. In Breakfast with Melinda James [Radio Broadcast]. Wollongong, Australia: ABC Illawarra.

Duggan, S. (Journalist). (2019, March 15). Interview with Kellie Bousfield. In Australian Teacher Magazine. Melbourne Australia. (School Climate Protests)

Mann, T. (Presenter). (2018, December 10). Interview with Kellie Bousfield and Jacquie Tinkler: Students stage walkout for climate change action. In Breakfast with Tom Mann [Radio Broadcast]. Adelaide, Australia: Radio Adelaide.

Ridolfo, H. (Presenter). (2018, August). Innovative use of podcast. In Wiki Advocate Podcast [Podcast]. Wagga, Australia: Charles Sturt University.

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Bousfield, K. (2019). NAPLAN and the cultural logics of parenting: Classed practice and the reproduction of inequality. Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Sydney, Australia: Western Sydney University.

Bousfield, K., & Tinkler, J. (2019). ‘Can you not afford a proper maths teacher?’: Institutionalised individualisation, standardised testing, and the decline of teacher status. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ). Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.

Bousfield, K. (2019). Shifting the goal posts? Middle-class caregivers’ engagement with NAPLAN in an epoch of individualisation, Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) My School, Your School, Our Schools: A Sociology of Education Summit, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Bousfield, K., & Tinkler, J. (2018). The subversion of educational encounters in the pursuit of excellence: ‘Leftish fads’ and Australia’s print media reporting of NAPLAN, Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.

Bousfield, K., & Ragusa, A. (2018). Compelled to perform: Australian education policy and parenting in an epoch of individualisation, Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Bousfield, K., & Ragusa, A. (2014). Learning in a neoliberal society: NAPLAN and the performance management of education. Proceedings of Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ). Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

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2019 - Current

Member of CSU Student Misconduct Panel

2018 - Current

Co-Convenor, Sociology of Education Thematic Group, Australian Sociological Association

2016 - Current

Book Review Editor, Rural Society Journal

2017, 2018: Reviewer for Cambridge University Press

2017, 2018: Reviewer for Journal of Educational Policy

2016, 2017: Reviewer for Critical Studies in Education

2016, 2017: Reviewer for Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education

2017: Reviewer Policy and Society

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017: Reviewer for Rural Society

2013: Reviewer for Pearson Publishing

CSU Professional Engagement

2018 - Current

Alternative Academic Staff Nominee Faculty of Arts and Education Faculty Board

2018 - Current

Member of School of Education Assessment Committee, School of Education

2017 - Current

Member of School of Education Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching Committee

2017 - 2018

School of Education Higher Degree by Research Coordinator

2017 - 2018

Member of School of Education Research Committee

Professional Memberships

Social Education Victoria

The Australian Sociological Association

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

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