Dr Sharon Aris

Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

I am a sociologist with experience in social research, educational development and instructional design. I am interested in who succeeds in education, how and why - and what we can do to make educational environments flourish and be more equitable. In my research I explore how different knowledges are produced and transmitted in secondary and tertiary education and through families. I have researched how parents choose a high school for their children (and how policy makers think they do). Currently I focus particularly on how disciplinary knowledge in tertiary education is constructed and how this can be made more explicit to students. 

Room 125 Morven Brown
  • Book Chapters | 2024
    Aris S, 2024, 'Critical reflection and critical social work: Describing disciplinary values and knowledge', in Demystifying Critical Reflection Improving Pedagogy and Practice with Legitimation Code Theory, Taylor & Francis
  • Journal articles | 2017
    Aris S, 2017, 'Indian tigers: what high school selection by parents pursing academic performance reveals about class, culture and migration', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43, pp. 2440 - 2455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315869