Emeritus Professor Steve Wilson

Emeritus Professor Steve Wilson

Emeritus Professor,
Dean's Unit - School of Education


Steve Wilson is an Adjunct Professor at UWS, having previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Planning) and Dean and Head of the School of Education. He retired at the end of 2013 after a 24 career at UWS. He began his career in education as a teacher, teaching for 15 years in state secondary schools in various parts of country NSW and in Sydney's south-west. Steve joined UWS Nepean in 1990, lecturing in pedagogy, curriculum development and school-based cultural change. He received his PhD in Education from UWS in 1998 (in the area of student participation in secondary schools), and in the same year assumed the role of Head of the new School of Lifelong Learning and Educational Change at UWS Nepean (1998-2000). He became Head of the School of Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning at UWS (2001-05), and then Dean of the newly-formed School of Education a position he served in from 2005-12. As Dean, Steve served on the Boards of a number of regional non government organisations, co-Chaired Committees of Cooperation with the Directors of the Western and South-Western Sydney regions of the NSW Department of Education and Training, and represented UWS on a variety of external education boards and committees. He was the foundation President of the NSW Council of Deans of Education and former Secretary and President of the NSW Teacher Education Council. He also sat on the Board of the Australian Council of Deans of Education and on the Initial Teacher Education Committee (ITEC) of the NSW Institute of Teachers. He was Director of the UWS Centre for Educational Research in its establishment years. He is strongly committed to the engagement of the university in the strategic development of education in Greater Western Sydney around 21st century learning, and was appointed a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2010 in recognition of his leadership in university engagement in education.

Steve is passionate about equity in education, education in the service of people of low socio-economic status, and about the relevance and responsiveness of universities and schools to their communities and the general wellbeing. He has published more than 70 academic papers and has led or been a part of numerous research teams and projects examining how to achieve empowering outcomes for people of all ages through engaging and transformative curricula, teaching practices, and educational cultures. 

This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Wilson.


  • PhD University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • MEd University of New England
  • BA University of New England
  • DipTeach Wollongong Institute of Education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Education


Email: S.Wilson@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: n/a
Location: OFF
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Chapters in Books

  • Hill, S., Wilson, S. and Watson, K. (2004), 'Learning Ecology: A New Approach to Learning and Transforming Ecological Consciousness', Learning Toward An Ecological Consciousness: Selected Transformative Practices, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 1403963045.
  • Wilson, S. and Shrestha, M. (2003), 'Nonformal Education', International Hanbdbook of Educational Research in the Asia-Pacific Region, Kluwer Academic Publishers 1402010079.
  • Dimitrov, V. and Wilson, S. (2002), 'Fuzziology and lifelong learning', Fuzzy Logic: A framework for the new millennium, Physica-Verlag (a Springer-Verlag Company) 3790814253.

Journal Articles

  • Wilson, S. and Powell, S. (2013), 'Teacher professional learning: learning to WALK and the NSW Quality Teaching Framework', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol 38, no 2 , pp 37 - 49.
  • Williams, C. and Wilson, S. (2012), 'Achieving both intellectual quality and relevance in classroom learning experiences : some conceptual challenges', Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol 33, no 4 , pp 471 - 484.
  • Williams, C. and Wilson, S. (2010), 'Pedagogies for social justice : did Bernstein get it wrong?', International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol 14, no 4 , pp 417 - 434.
  • Wilson, S. and Sproats, E. (2009), 'Re-engaging young people in learning : what schools can learn from a community-based program for 'at risk' students', Curriculum Perspectives, vol 29, no 1 , pp 29 - 40.
  • Shrestha, M., Wilson, S. and Singh, M. (2008), 'Knowledge networking : a dilemma in building social capital through nonformal education', Curriculum Perspectives, vol 58, no 2 , pp 129 - 150.
  • Wilson, S., Shrestha, M. and Unsworth, L. (2007), 'Community-based portfolios: lifelong learning through non-formal education', Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, vol 9, no 1 , pp 4 - 15.
  • Shrestha, M. and Wilson, S. (2004), 'Integrated Community-based Education: Building Non-formal Education in Low SES Communities', International Journal of Learning, vol 1 , pp 1149 - 1162.
  • Wilson, S. and Shrestha, M. (2004), 'Conceptualising Emerging Issues in Non-formal Educastion in Low SES Communities', International Journal of Learning, vol 10 .
  • Wilson, S. and Shrestha, M. (2004), 'Conceptualising Key Issues in Non-formal Education in a Low SES Community in Australia', International Journal of Learning, vol 10 , pp 3642 - 3652.
  • Bain, L., Mortimer, D. and Wilson, S. (2003), 'Local Government Leadership in Meeting the needs of the Long Term Unemployed', Employment Relations Record, vol 3, no 1 , pp 77 - 93.
  • Wilson, S. (2002), 'Student participation and school culture: A secondary school case study', Australian Journal of Education, vol 46 , pp 79 - 102.

Conference Papers

  • Shrestha, M., Wilson, S., Ryan, J. and Unsworth, L. (2004), 'A community-based learning portfolio: A pilot project on the validation of non-formal education', Education and Social Action Conference, UTS, Sydney.
  • Mortimer, D., Bain, L., Wilson, S. and Bond, S. (2003), 'Staying Positive in the Face of Disadvantage: Fairfield's Unemployed', Third IERA Conference in San Francisco, San Francisco.

Previous Projects

Title: The Uses of the Bologna Process in the Internationalisation of Universities: A Comparative Study of Developments in Higher Education Policy in Australia, China and Netherlands
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Michael Singh, Wayne Sawyer and Steve Wilson
Years: 2006-12-20 - 2008-06-30
ID: P0015396
Title: Wollondilly WIRED project: Research into Wollondilly, Greater Western Sydney and Capital Hume Social and Economic Regional Trends
  • Wollondilly Shire Council
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson and Julianne Christie
Years: 2003-01-01 - 2003-05-31
ID: P0014002
Title: Macarthur Youth Environmental Scan
  • Macarthur Youth Commitment Inc
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2003-06-01 - 2004-01-31
ID: P0014150
Title: Research and development of Community Safety Plan for Baulkham Hills LGA
  • Baulkham Hills Shire Council
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson and Julianne Christie
Years: 2003-05-23 - 2003-09-30
ID: P0013534
Title: Teacher Education in Burmese Refuge Communities in Thailand
  • Distance Education Programme Chiang Mai University
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2000-04-14 - 2000-05-31
ID: P0013092
Title: Bridging the Gap
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2001-07-01 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0010492
Title: Data Update and analysis for the Blue Mountains Business Package
  • Blue Mountains City Council
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2003-03-01 - 2003-05-30
ID: P0010338
Title: Western Sydney Community Learning Project
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2000-09-01 - 2004-08-19
ID: P0012822
Title: Participatory learning cultures and practices at Chifley College and their outcomes for students
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2000-07-01 - 2001-05-31
ID: P0012924
Title: Community renewal of public housing estate: A responsive evaluation
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Housing
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson, Michael Singh and Michael Darcy
Years: 2005-10-26 - 2006-11-30
ID: P0014763
Title: Students, community and school partnerships: pathways to successful lifelong learning: Enterprise Education in Mount Druitt
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson
Years: 2002-04-01 - 2002-09-01
ID: P0010506
Title: Fairfield Community Learning Networks and Skills Development Project
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Lynette Bain and Steve Wilson
Years: 1998-10-01 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0012964
Title: The First Step Work for the Dole Project Research
  • Fairfield Community Resource Centre
Western Researchers: Debra Costley and Steve Wilson
Years: 2005-08-16 - 2005-12-31
ID: P0014749
Title: Futuro Infantil Hoy and the professional development of leaders in Early Childhood Education: A sociological study of transnational knowledge exchange between Australia and Chile
  • Fundacion Minera Escondida
Western Researchers: Michael Singh, Christine Woodrow, Steve Wilson and Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil
Years: 2010-06-01 - 2011-03-30
ID: P00018220

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