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Elizabeth Leesa Wheelahan
Associate Professor

phone: +1 416 978 1217
email: leesa.wheelahan@utoronto.ca  

Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

1993: Graduate Diploma of Community Development (RMIT)
1994: Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) (Monash University)
1997: Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne)
1999: Masters of Education (Victoria University)
2008: PhD (Monash University)

Representative Publications

Wheelahan, Leesa (2010) Why Knowledge Matters in Curriculum: A Social Realist Argument, London: Routledge.

·       Hard back published in 2010
·       Softback published in 2012

Wheelahan, Leesa (2016) ‘College for all’ in Anglophone countries – meritocracy or social inequality? An Australian example, Research in Post-Compulsory Education,  21:1-2, 33-48.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2015). ‘Not just skills: what a focus on knowledge means for vocational education’, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 47:6, 750-762.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2015) ‘The future of Australian vocational education qualifications depends on a new social settlement’ in Journal of Education and Work, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 126-146.

Wheelahan, Leesa; Buchanan, John; and, Yu, Serena (2015) Linking qualifications and the labour market through capabilities and vocational streams, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide: http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2782.html.
Moodie, Gavin; Wheelahan, Leesa; Fredman, Nick; and, Bexley, Emmaline (2015) Towards a new approach to mid-level qualifications, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide: http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2784.html.
Moodie, Gavin; Fredman, Nick; Bexley, Emmaline; and, Wheelahan, Leesa (2013), Vocational education’s variable links to vocations, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide: <http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2689.html> viewed 21 December.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2013) Babies and bathwater: revaluing the role of the academy in knowledge, in Barnett, Ron and Gibbs, Paul (eds.) Thinking about higher education, Springer: New York. 

Wheelahan, Leesa (2011), Beware Anglophone countries bearing gifts, in Bohlinger, Sandra and Münchhausen, Gesa, (eds.) Validierung von Lernergebnissen - Recognition and Validation of Prior Learning, Bonn, Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung

Moodie, Gavin and Wheelahan, Leesa (2012) ‘Integration and fragmentation of post compulsory teacher education’, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Vol. 64, No. 3, pp. 317-331.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2011) ‘From old to new: the Australian qualifications framework’ Journal of Education and Work, Vol 24. No. 3-4, pp. 323 – 342.

Moodie, Gavin & Wheelahan, Leesa (2009) ‘The significance of Australian vocational education institutions in opening access to higher education’, Higher Education Quarterly, Vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 356-370.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2009) ‘Do educational pathways contribute to equity in tertiary education in Australia?’ Critical Studies in Education, Vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 261-275.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2009), ‘The problem with CBT (and why constructivism makes things worse)’, Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 227-242.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2008) ‘Neither fish nor fowl: the contradiction at the heart of Australian tertiary education’, Journal of Access, Policy & Practice, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 133-152.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2007) ‘Blending activity theory and critical realism to theorise the relationship between the individual and society and the implications for pedagogy’ in Studies in the Education of Adults, Vol. 39, No. 2. pp. 183-196.

Wheelahan, Leesa (2007) ‘How competency-based training locks the working class out of powerful knowledge: a modified Bernsteinian analysis’ in British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 637-651.