Laura Perry

Laura Perry
Murdoch University · School of Education

PhD

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Introduction
Laura Perry is Professor of Education Policy and Comparative Education at the School of Education, Murdoch University. I conduct comparative research about educational disadvantage and inequalities, especially as they appear between schools and systems, and the structures and policies that shape them. Specific research interests include educational marketization, school socioeconomic segregation, school stratification, school funding and spatial inequalities.
Additional affiliations
November 2005 - present
Murdoch University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 2001 - May 2003
Loyola University Chicago
Field of study
  • Cultural and educational policy studies
September 1998 - May 2001
Loyola University Chicago
Field of study
  • Cultural and educational policy studies
September 1989 - May 1991
University of Michigan
Field of study
  • Liberal arts

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Publications (71)
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This study examines the effect of school socioeconomic composition on student achievement growth in Australian schooling, and its relationship with academic composition utilising the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) dataset. Previous research has found that school composition predicts a range of schooling outcomes. A criti...
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Australia’s federated schooling system has dual national goals of excellence and equity for all students. Some of the highest performing international education systems achieve both goals. Socioeconomic educational inequality in Australia can be analysed into opportunities, contexts and outcomes. Disadvantaged students show lower outcomes in academ...
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School segregation is both an enduring and growing area of research interest. School segregation is shaped by multiple and complex forces within educational ecosystems, including individual students and households, education jurisdictions, organisational (dis)incentives, policies, and larger societal characteristics and contexts. As a field of stud...
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In recent decades, policymakers around the globe have adopted market mechanisms such as consumer-style choice, provider autonomy and competition. Such policies may improve educational equity since families can choose options outside of their assigned local school. Yet research from multiple countries is finding a link between greater use of such po...
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International research has consistently found that the socioeconomic segregation of schools may worsen inequalities in schooling outcomes through the socioeconomic compositional effect. This study examines whether the socioeconomic compositional effect varies between developed countries and potential mechanisms by which national schooling systems m...
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We used descriptive statistics and a logistic regression to examine between-school inequalities in science and math curricular offerings in Year 12 (final year) in all schools in one Australian state (Victoria). Dataset contains variables about school contexts: school enrolment size, school socioeconomic composition, school sector, and school locat...
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We used descriptive statistics and a logistic regression to examine between-school inequalities in science and math curricular offerings in Year 12 (final year) in all schools in one Australian state (Victoria). Dataset contains variables about school contexts: school enrolment size, school socioeconomic composition, school sector, and school locat...
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Policy makers in the US and several other countries are recommending that more schools offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. However, little is known about the challenges that IB programmes present for teaching and learning particularly those meeting national curriculum. In this study, we examined the challenges of the IB’s Middle Ye...
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We respond to Malatinszky and Armor’s, and Marks’ comments on our article recently published in this journal. We agree with Marks in the use of prior achievement to control for spurious effects in school effects research. Marks makes an incorrect statement about our article, refers to dated critiques, and presents an empirical demonstration with so...
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Parent-generated revenue in public schools, in the form of fee-giving or fundraising, is fast developing as a robust source of financial revenue for public schools in OECD countries. In this paper we draw on a comprehensive empirical dataset of parent-generated financial revenue for public schools located in New South Wales, Australia. We draw on a...
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While the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) is growing in popularity in Australia and across the globe, few studies have examined the benefits and challenges of this IB programme for supporting student learning. Using a qualitative case study design of three Australian schools that formerly offered the MYP, we investigated...
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Modelling learning by being an active learner is a powerful educational tool. This article explores different perspectives of three learner educators - a teacher tells the story of a personal learning journey as a teacher, a school principal describes the value of having learning teachers on staff, and a university teacher educator explains her app...
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This study examines the factors that shape secondary schools’ offerings of academic curricula. While academic curricula provide many benefits to individuals and the larger society, inequalities in opportunities to study these subjects may exist between schools, even in comprehensive secondary education systems. We examine the Australian case as a v...
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School socio-economic compositional (SEC) effects have been influential in educational research predicting a range of outcomes and influencing public policy. However, some recent studies have challenged the veracity of SEC effects when applying residualised-change and fixed effects models and simulating potential measurement errors in hierarchical...
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The veracity and strength of socio-economic school compositional effects have been questioned due to potential biases from measurement error and selection effects. We constructed a set of residualized-change and cross-sectional models to test and compare compositional effects for selection bias, differential sensitivity and substantiveness while ad...
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Increased social and academic segregation are known side effects of school choice policies in market-driven environments that facilitate competition amongst schools. Aiming at complementing foundational knowledge in quantifying segregation, this study first defines school markets (i.e., geographical context) based on student transitions from primar...
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Parent involvement in their child’s schooling is routinely celebrated and emphasised in government education policy in many countries. We take a critical lens to examining parent involvement by investigating voluntary parent fees in public secondary schools, and how these fees are patterned by school socioeconomic status (SES). In Australia, where...
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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is recognized for its rigor, inquiry-based learning, and development of academic skills. While it is growing in popularity worldwide, some schools have discontinued the program. Literature on the reasons why schools discontinue the MYP is limited. Using a qualitative case study design, we exa...
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Background An increasing number of African migrants are resettling in Australia. Resettlement may provide them with many benefits, but stressors associated with the resettlement process may have detrimental effects on their mental health and well-being. Aim To examine the resettlement experiences of involuntary and voluntary African migrants, and...
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School compositional effects have been examined for more than fifty years. While there is widespread agreement about their existence, some recent studies have rejected school socio-economic compositional effects based on criticisms of the methodologies of prior studies and their own findings. Given the potential importance of school composition eff...
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This study examines inequalities of school funding as exclusively generated by the parent community in urban public schools, and potentially illuminates a secondary impact of between-school segregation. For schools that are largely understood as free, the substantial injections of private financing into public schools indicates a concerning tension...
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Purpose Much justification for third sector involvement in education advances from the notion that attributes from business and non-profit fields could benefit state-run public schools. The purpose of this paper is to explore this issue by examining theoretical underpinnings and expectations for third sector participation in public education syste...
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International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are growing rapidly worldwide, driven in part by their global reputation and concept-driven, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. This thematic review of a range of literature sources examines the impact of IB programmes on teaching and learning, highlighting trends, challenges, and benefits....
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The report was commissioned by the IB and builds on existing studies on the Middle Years Program. It is the first study to comprehensively examine key ‘insider’ stakeholder perspectives of the benefits of the MYP for teaching and learning in Australia. Specifically it examines the perspectives of seventeen MYP teachers, five MYP Coordinators and si...
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This study compares rural educational disadvantage across Australia, Canada, and New Zealand using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Across the three countries, student reading literacy and school learning environments are less positive in rural communities...
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Educational equity can be measured by the degree to which student academic outcomes are patterned by group di erences. In more equitable national education systems, the inn uence of gender, ethnicity, race, immigrant status or social class on students' academic outcomes is slight. Comparative research can illuminate how educational policies, struct...
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This paper examines curricular differentiation and stratification in the Australian education system. Our aim is to contribute to the development of a comparative framework about curricular differentiation and stratification in national systems of education. Using a typology from LeTender, Hofer and Shimizu (2003), we show how and where curricular...
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This study uses bibliometric data to assess the performance of educational research in Australian universities. It provides an alternative perspective to the Australian government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. ERA results suggest that the performance of educational research is substantially less compared to other discipli...
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This study examines access to International Baccalaureate schools in Australia. It is important to examine whether, as a highly regarded form of rigorous academic education, IB programmes are available to a wide range of students. We examine the location of schools in Australia that offer one or more of the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years...
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We examine how students’ perspectives of their learning environments vary between private and public schools in Australia. Previous research has shown that educational outcomes do not vary by school sector in most countries after controlling for student social background. Little is known, however, about the ways in which different students’ educati...
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This article examines the pedagogical dimension of vospitanie, or character formation, in communist and post-communist education. It explores how vospitanie is conceptualized in two teacher-education textbooks—one from each period—in Ukraine, a post-Soviet country. Comparative analysis shows how conceptualizations of vospitanie have evolved over ti...
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This study uses data from the Programme for International Student Assessment, a large and nationally representative dataset, to examine how learning environments vary across metropolitan, rural and regional schools in Australia. Research has shown that school climate and learning environments are related to student academic performance, but little...
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This paper reviews research and theory relating to aspirations for higher education as a cultural capacity. Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of aspirations for higher education is important as they are increasingly becoming part of social commentary and more recently educational policy, research and practice. This paper synthesises...
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This study examines how access to academic curriculum differs between secondary schools in Australia, a country whose education system is marked by high levels of choice, privatisation and competition. Equitable access to academic curriculum is important for both individual students and their families as well as the larger society. Previous researc...
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This study investigates the relative roles of home and school variables in accounting for achievement gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in Australia and New Zealand. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA] 2009, our findings show that achievement gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students...
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School relationships have been shown to significantly influence educational experiences and outcomes. However, the social and cultural factors that shape relationships at school and the ways that future teachers are being prepared to participate in these relationships are still under researched, especially in post-communist countries. This study ex...
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Lecturing is a common instructional format but poor lecturing skills can detract from students’ learning experiences and outcomes. As lecturing is essentially a form of public communication, training in public speaking may improve lecture quality. Twelve university lecturers in Malaysia participated in a six week public speaking skills training pro...
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This study uses data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to gain a better understanding of how academic performance and resources vary across rural–urban school communities in Australia. While it is well known that schools in rural areas have difficulty recruiting and retaining teachers, the degree to which schools in lar...
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Previous research has established that student outcomes are strongly associated with the socioeconomic composition of a school, also known as school socioeconomic status. Less is known, however, about the ways in which the relationship varies for different students, schools and national education systems. Here, we conduct a secondary analysis of an...
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An education system is democratic inasmuch as it advances and embraces key democratic values. In this paper I use a conceptual framework that comprises the values of equality, participation, choice and diversity to analyse schooling in eastern and central Europe during the communist and post-communist eras. Claims are often made that schooling in t...
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An education system is democratic inasmuch as it advances and embraces key democratic values. In this chapter, I use a conceptual framework that comprises the values of equality, participation, choice and diversity to analyse schooling in eastern and central Europe during the communist and post-communist eras. Claims are often made that schooling i...
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It is well known that socio-economic status (SES) at both the student and school level is associated with educational outcomes. Students from higher social backgrounds, on average, have greater educational outcomes than their less privileged peers. Also, a student that attends a school that enrols students from primarily high social backgrounds wil...
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Researchers from a range of disciplines have been theorising and empirically examining intercultural competence and intercultural education for decades. This review article synthesises the research literature about these concepts around three questions: What is intercultural competence? How can it be developed? And how can it be measured? Our aim i...
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The analysis of student access to learning management systems and web-based lecture capture systems is a growing area of interest for teachers in higher education wishing to improve the student learning experience. The data trails left by students as they engage in these environments can be accessed and analysed for meaning. This paper describes a...
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Previous studies have shown that both student and school socioeconomic status (SES) are strongly associated with student outcomes, but less is known about how these relationships may vary for different students, schools and nations. In this study we use a large international dataset to examine how student SES, school SES and self-efficacy are assoc...
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In this study, we systematically unpack relationships among student socioeconomic status (SES), science and mathematics achievement, and student interest in science in the context of varying school socioeconomic composition. Using the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment dataset for Australia, we found that increases in school...
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Workplace violence directed at nurses working in both the mental health and general areas of the hospital is a common occurrence and the impact of these events on all parties may be severe. A consequence of these confronting situations is the possibility that nurse victims will leave the profession. To help administrators facilitate nurses' psychol...
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It is established that the socio-economic status (SES) of individual students is strongly associated with academic achievement but less is known about this relationship when both student and school socio-economic status are considered. To examine these associations at a finer grain, with the intent of informing educational funding policy, we subjec...
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Background/Context: It is well established in the research literature that socioeconomically disadvantaged students and schools do less well on standardized measures of academic achievement compared with their more advantaged peers. Although studies in numerous countries have shown that the socioeconomic profile of a school is strongly correlated w...
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Background/Context It is well established in the research literature that socioeconomically disadvantaged students and schools do less well on standardized measures of academic achievement compared with their more advantaged peers. Although studies in numerous countries have shown that the socioeconomic profile of a school is strongly correlated wi...
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This study sought to determine the prevalence and characteristics of workplace violence directed at a volunteer sample of nurses at one non-tertiary hospital. Respondents' reasons for not reporting these incidents were also investigated. Incidents of workplace violence are increasing worldwide. However, no studies have investigated this phenomenon...
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Educational transfer is an important and growing body of literature in the field of comparative education. Work from the last decade has focused on the stages of the borrowing cycle, and the context, causes and rationales for education borrowing. This recent work has contributed to earlier research on the role of multilateral organizations in educa...
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Although theorists and policy makers agree that schooling should be democratic, what this exactly means often varies. This article establishes a conceptual model for analyzing education policy in democratic societies, based on the key concepts of equality, diversity, participation, choice, and cohesion. The model facilitates the design, evaluation,...
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Workplace violence directed at nurses is an alarming phenomenon across the world. To intervene and manage these episodes as quickly as possible, nurses need to identify those factors that can alert them to the possibility that a violent event may occur. However, frameworks to help nurses predict episodes of workplace violence are limited. This arti...
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This article examines equity in national systems of education in terms of differences in student outcomes, as measured by mathematics achievement scores on Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003. The author uses four measures for assessing equity in student outcomes: (1) the strength of the relationship between student socioecon...
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This chapter presents a critical analysis of American educational reconstruction efforts in post-communist Europe after the end of the Cold War. In the 1990s the Third Wave of worldwide democratization was cresting, and in the field of education, democracy and democratization enjoyed renewed interest. For many American scholars and researchers, the...
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This chapter presents a critical analysis of American educational reconstruction efforts in post-communist Europe after the end of the Cold War. In the 1990s the Third Wave of worldwide democratization was cresting, and in the field of education, democracy, and democratization enjoyed renewed interest. For many American scholars and researchers, th...
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The consequences of workplace violence (WPV) are far-reaching, and impact on the nurse, the perpetrator and the organization. However, the authors were unable to identify any research in the literature on nurses' perceptions of the consequences of WPV in non-teaching hospital settings. This study therefore aimed to examine nurses' perspectives of t...
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This study analyses both foreign (primarily western European and North American) and Czech perspectives of Czech schooling in the post‐communist era. Qualitative content analysis is performed on documentary sources written by scholars about Czech schooling. The analysis examines which topics are highlighted, what are the main patterns and what is t...
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The global resurgence of political democratization that occurred in the early 1990s brought about many educational reforms in central and eastern Europe. Schooling in the communist era was highly centralized and proscribed, affecting all levels and aspects of the educational system. The main goal of the first wave of reforms after democratization w...

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