Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

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Doctoral study investigated the disappearance of the printing trade workers in a metropolitan newspaper organization from 1966 to 1995. Against a backdrop of new technologies that made many occupations redundant and with a changing industrial and social landscape, newspaper printers struggled to maintain their position in the production process. Through a form of retrospective ethnography, the group’s decollectivization and slow demise is traced over the thirty-year period and explained using a reversal of Boltanski’s theory of group formation.

Research interests

  • De-formation of social groups
  • Social ageing
  • Retrospective ethnography and qualitative methodolgies
  • Classroom assessment practices
  • Students with disability and assessment adjustments