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Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw AO

BSc, BEd (Qld), MEd, PhD (Illinois), FACE, FAPS

Elected: 1984

Discipline: Education

Specialisation: education, psychometrics, assessment, curriculum, equity

Profile

Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw is Managing Director of McGaw Group Pty Ltd. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. He was the Foundation Chair of the Board of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority from 2009 to 2015 when he reached the six-year limit on Board membership. From 1999 to 2005, he was Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From 1985 to 1998 he was Executive Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research and, from 1976 to 1984, Professor of Education at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

His research interests include:

  • educational measurement
  • curriculum
  • policies to enhance equity in education.

Appointments

2009 - 2015  Chair, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Board (part-time)
2011 - 2014  Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne (part-time)
2008 - 2009  Chair, Interim National Curriculum Board (part-time)
2006 - 2010  Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (half-time)
                     2009 - 2010  Executive Director, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft International Assessment and Teaching of
                                           21st Century Skills project, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of
                                           Melbourne
                      2006 - 2008  Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, Faculty of Education, University of
                                          Melbourne
2002 - 2005  Foundation Director for Education, Directorate for Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation
                     and Development (OECD), Paris, France
1998 - 2002  Deputy Director for Education, Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs,
                      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France
1985 - 1998  Executive Director, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Melbourne, Australia
1976 - 1984  Professor of Education, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Earlier           Head, Research and Curricululm Branch, Department of Education, Queensland
Initially          Secondary science and mathematics teacher.

Awards

Officer of the Order of Australia (2004)
Australian Centenary Medal (2001)
University of Illinois International Alumnus Award for Exceptional Achievement (2006)
Australian Council for Educational Leaders Gold Medal (2012)
Australian College of Educators Medal (1994)

 

 

Publications

  • OECD (2001) Knowledge and Skills for Life: First Results from PISA 2000. Paris, France: OECD.
  • Hamilton, D., Keeves, J., McGaw, B., and Resnick, L (1997) Report of a panel to evaluate the ARC Large Grant Funding Scheme: Education 1989-1993. Canberra: National Board of Employment, Education and Training.
  • McGaw, B (1997) Shaping their future: Recommendations for reform of the Higher School Certificate. Sydney: Department of Training and Education Co-ordination.
  • McGaw, B., Piper, K., Banks, D. and Evans, B (1992) Making schools more effective. Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research.
  • McGaw, B., Boud, D., Poole, M., Warry, R. and McKenzie, P (1992) Educational research in Australia. Canberra: National Board of Employment, Education and Training.
  • McGaw, B., Long, M.G., Morgan, G., and Rosier, M.J (1989) Literacy and numeracy in Victorian Schools: 1988. Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research.
  • McGaw, B. (1986) Making admission to higher education fairer. Canberra: Australian Capital Territory Schools Authority.
  • McGaw, B., Bovell, R., Boyle, A., Clark, M., Cosgrove, B., Dickinson, B., Louden, H., et. Al. (1984) Assessment in the upper secondary school in Western Australia. Perth: Western Australian Government Printer.
  • Glass, G. V, McGaw, B, and Smith, M. L (1981) Meta-analysis of social research. Beverly Hills and London: Sage.

Contact

Email: barry.mcgaw [at] mcgawgroup.org
Mobile: 0418 890 300

Contact Information

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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