Dr Sally   Baker
Senior Lecturer

Dr Sally Baker

PhD

MRes (Education)

MA, Applied Linguistics

PGCE (Post-Compulsory)

BA

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Education

Sally Baker is a Senior Lecturer of Language and Literacies in the School of Education. She is the Education focal point in the Forced Migration Research Network (FMRN@UNSW) and is the Chair of the Refugee Education Special Interest Group (http://refugee-education.org).

Sally's research explores issues of equity in higher education, with her research and advocacy interests including refugee education higher education equity and language policy, the educational experiences of students from culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and refugee (CALDMR) backgrounds, academic language and literacies (ALL), transitions, methodological + ethical issues with research in 'fragile contexts', and qualitative longitudinal research.

 

 

Location
G30 Morven Brown

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Lenette C; Baker S; Hirsch A, 2019, 'Systemic policy barriers to meaningful participation of students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds in Australian higher education: Neoliberal settlement and language policies and (deliberate?) challenges for meaningful participation', in McBrien J (ed.), Educational Policies and Practices of English-Speaking Refugee Resettlement Countries, Brill / Sense, pp. 88 - 109, https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004401891/front-10.xml
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Ollerhead S; Baker S, 2019, 'Is there any appetite for "linguistic hospitality" in monolingual educational spaces?: the case for translanguaging in Australian higher education', in Anderson V; Johnson H (ed.), Migration, Education, and Translation Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Human Mobility and Cultural Encounters in Education Settings, Routledge, LondonA, pp. 145 - 160
    Books | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Stevenson J; Baker S, 2018, Refugees in Higher Education Debate, Discourse and Practice, Emerald Group Publishing
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S, 2018, 'Transition in Students’ Reading and Writing: The Case of A-Levels to University in the UK', in Spelman Miller K; Stevenson M (ed.), Transitions in Writing, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, pp. 11 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004348905-003
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Cremin T, 2016, 'Teachers' identities as writers: Teacher, support staff and pupil accounts of the role of emotion in the writing classroom', in Writer Identity and the Teaching and Learning of Writing, pp. 98 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315669373
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sally Baker
    Marey T; Baker S; Williams LA; Tzelios K, 2021, 'Equity and STEM in elite contexts: challenging institutional assumptions and critiquing student support', International Journal of Inclusive Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2021.1904016
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E, 2021, 'Disrupting the dominance of ‘linear pathways’: how institutional assumptions create ‘stuck places’ for refugee students’ transitions into higher education', Research Papers in Education, vol. 36, pp. 75 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2019.1633561
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Due C; Rose M, 2021, 'Transitions from education to employment for culturally and linguistically diverse migrants and refugees in settlement contexts: what do we know?', Studies in Continuing Education, vol. 43, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2019.1683533
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E; Freeman H, 2020, 'Wasted, manipulated and compressed time: adult refugee students’ experiences of transitioning into Australian higher education', Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol. 44, pp. 528 - 541, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2019.1586849
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Ulpen T; Irwin EL, 2020, 'A viable equity mechanism for all? Exploring the diversity of entry requirements and supports in Australian enabling education', Higher Education Research and Development, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1801600
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Fox A; Baker S; Charitonos K; Jack V; Moser-Mercer B, 2020, 'Ethics-in-practice in fragile contexts: Research in education for displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers', British Educational Research Journal, vol. 46, pp. 829 - 847, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3618
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Burke R; Fleay C; Baker S; Hartley L; Field R, 2020, 'Facilitating access to higher education for people seeking asylum in Australia: Institutional and community responses', Refuge, vol. 36, pp. 58 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40658
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Mupenzi A; Mude W; Baker S, 2020, 'Reflections on COVID-19 and impacts on equitable participation: the case of culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and/or refugee (CALDM/R) students in Australian higher education', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 39, pp. 1337 - 1341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1824991
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E; Hamilton E; Birman H, 2020, 'What do we know about enabling education as an alternative pathway into Australian higher education, and what more do we need to know? A meta-scoping study', Research Papers in Education, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2020.1849369
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Field R; Burke R; Hartley L; Fleay C, 2020, 'Discursive constructions of equity in Australian higher education: Imagined worlds and the case of people seeking asylum', British Educational Research Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3691
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Ramsay G; Baker S, 2019, 'Higher education and students from refugee backgrounds: A meta-scoping study', Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 38, pp. 55 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdy018
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Ramsay G; Lenette C, 2019, 'Students from Refugee and Asylum Seeker Backgrounds and Meaningful Participation in Higher Education: From Peripheral to Fundamental Concern', Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, vol. 21, pp. 4 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/wpll.21.2.4
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Burke R; Shaw E; Baker S, 2019, 'Literacy autobiographies in pre-service teacher education: opportunities for therapeutic writing in widening participation contexts', Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, vol. 21, pp. 151 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/wpll.21.3.151
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Nayton C; Baker S, 2019, 'Ethics and consent in settlement service delivery', Forced Migration Review, vol. 61, pp. 26 - 27, https://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/ethics/nayton-baker.pdf
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Hartley L; Baker S; Fleay C; Burke R, 2019, ''My study is the purpose of continuing my life': The experience of accessing university for people seeking asylum in Australia', Australian Universities Review, vol. 61, pp. 4 - 13, https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1228238.pdf
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Ramsay G; Irwin E; Miles L, 2018, '’Hot’, ’Cold’ and ’Warm’ supports: Towards theorising where refugee students go for assistance at university', Teaching in Higher Education, vol. 23, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2017.1332028
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S, 2018, 'Shifts in the treatment of knowledge in academic reading and writing: adding complexity to students’ transitions between A-levels and university in the UK', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, vol. 17, pp. 388 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474022217722433
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Bangeni B; Burke R; Hunma A, 2018, 'The invisibility of academic reading as social practice and its implications for equity in higher education: a scoping study', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 38, pp. 142 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2018.1540554
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E; Dantas J; Taiwo M; Gower S; Singh S, 2018, 'Methodological diversity as an asset for transition-focused higher education research with students from refugee backgrounds', British Educational Research Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3133
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E; Dantas J; Taiwo M; Gower S; Singh S, 2018, 'Context and Implications Document for: Methodological diversity as an asset for transition-focused higher education research with students from refugee backgrounds', British E, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3142
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Burke R; Thapliyal N; Baker S, 2018, 'The weaponisation of language: English proficiency, citizenship and the politics of belonging in Australia', Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, vol. 7, pp. 84 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.31274/jctp-180810-107
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Irwin E; Baker S; Carter B, 2018, 'What ‘counts’ as numeracy preparation in enabling education programs? Results of a national audit', Journal of Academic Language and Learning, vol. 12, pp. A141 - A155, http://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/520/292
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E; Freeman H; Nance S; Coleman J, 2018, 'Building cultural and linguistic bridges: Reflections on a program designed to support adult students from refugee backgrounds’ transitions into university', Journal of Academic Language and Learning, vol. 12, pp. A64 - A80, http://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/521/287
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Thapliyal N; Baker S, 2018, 'Research with former refugees Moving towards an ethics in practice', AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES REVIEW, vol. 60, pp. 49 - 56, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000441591700006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S, 2016, 'Students’ writing ‘in transition’ from A-levels to university: how assessment drives students’ understandings, practices and discourses', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 42, pp. 18 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2015.1082174
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E, 2016, 'Core or periphery? The positioning of language and literacies in enabling programs in Australia', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 43, pp. 487 - 503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-016-0211-x
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Stirling E, 2016, 'Liminal spaces, resources and networks Facebook as a shaping force for students' transitions into higher education', LEARNING AND TEACHING-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, vol. 9, pp. 42 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/latiss.2016.090203
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sally Baker
    Cremin T; Baker S, 2014, 'Exploring the discursively constructed identities of a teacher-writer teaching writing', English Teaching, vol. 13, pp. 30 - 55
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S, 2013, 'Conceptualising the use of Facebook in ethnographic research: As tool, as data and as context', Ethnography and Education, vol. 8, pp. 131 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2013.792504
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S, 2013, 'Transitions and shifting understandings of writing: building rich pictures of how moving from school to university is experienced through exploration of students’ discourses of writing', Journal of Academic Language and Learning, vol. 7, pp. A-35 - A-49, http://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/viewArticle/265
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Sally Baker
    Cremin T; Baker S, 2010, 'Exploring teacher-writer identities in the classroom: Conceptualising the struggle', English Teaching, vol. 9, pp. 8 - 25
  • Reports | 2019
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Lenette C, 2019, Australian OUR forum (Project Eucalyptus) Collaborate, Create & Change: Post-Forum Report, https://apo.org.au/node/222161
    Reports | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Hartley L; Fleay C; Baker S; Burke R; Field R, 2018, People seeking asylum in Australia: Access & support in higher education, Curtin University, Perth, https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/publications/people-seeking-asylum-in-australia-access-and-support-in-higher-education/
    Reports | 2018
    Dr Sally Baker
    Irwin E; Baker S; Carter B, 2018, A national stocktake of numeracy provision in enabling courses in Australian Higher Education: Final Report, Association for Academic Language and Learning, ID: 15/3)
    Reports | 2015
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E, 2015, A national audit of academic literacies provision in enabling courses in Australian Higher Education (HE) Report compiled for the Association of Academic Language & Learning, Association for Academic Language & Learning, Association for Academic Language and Learning, http://www.aall.org.au/sites/default/files/Baker-Irwin_AALL-report-final_project_2014-2-1.pdf
  • Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr Sally Baker
    Baker S; Irwin E, 2015, 'Students’ reading and writing ‘in transition’: what lessons can be learnt from a case study of A-levels to university transitions to help enabling educators to ‘bridge the gap’ into undergraduate study?', in Nelson K; Field R (ed.), UniSTARS 2015: Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success, UniSTARS 2015: Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success, Melbourne, pp. 1 - 11, presented at UniSTARS 2015: Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success, Melbourne, 01 July 2015 - 04 July 2015, http://unistars.org/papers/STARS2015.pdf

Awards

  • Invited speaker in ‘Futuring Education for a Changing World: Challenges, Innovation and Opportunities’ panel at the inaugural Refugee Alternatives conference at UNSW (http://www.refugeealternatives.org.au), February 23 2017. 

 

  • Recipient of Visiting Fellowship at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (funded by the South African National Research Foundation): February 2017: As recognition of my expertise in the areas of academic literacies, equity and alternative entry education, I was invited to be a visiting researcher at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa in February 2017. This visit was funded by a National Research Foundation (South Africa) ‘Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration Programme’ grant for the purpose of vising the Fundani Centre for Higher Education and working with Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) teachers. During this visit, I drew on my experiences of English language teaching to develop a workshop for ECP teachers on issues related to transition and academic literacies, and suggest pedagogical practices and strategies to help foreground language, reading and writing in their classes.

 

  • Selected Featured Symposium to represent the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, 5-7 September in Brighton, UK. Baker, S.; Irwin, E.; Ramsay, G.; Fagan, S.; Taiwo, M.; Gower, S. (2017). Researching pathways into higher education with students from refugee backgrounds: Exploring the conceptual, methodological and ethical challenges.

Grants

Recent grants

  • (2021) NSW Department of Education: NSW Equity Consortium: Imagined Futures (a whole-of-cohort outreach program with Years 7–10 including post-school transition)

  • (2020) National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education: University responses to enhancing equity in the post-Covid landscape (CI: Mary Teague, UNSW + UTS, WSU, MQ)

  • (2020) National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education: COVID-19 Online Learning Landscapes and CALDMR students: Opportunities and Challenges (CI: Sally Baker, UNSW + ACU, CQU, Curtin, Deakin, MQ, UAdelaide, VU, UQ, UON, WSU)

  • (2019) National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education: Careers guidance for CALDM/R students (CI: Alex Newman, Deakin + UNSW, UAdelaide)

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