BAKER, Associate Professor Carolyn D. BA, MA, PhD Toronto Associate Professor, 26 May 1946 - 12 July 2003

Dr Carolyn D. Baker joined The University of Queensland in 1991, after relocating from Canada to the University of New England, Armidale in 1976. An elected member of Academic Board 1997-2001, she was a member of the Standing Committee of Academic Board during that time. She was also our Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies.

Dr Baker’s research interests in interactive language and how people create meaning continues to resonate with contemporary education issues, as we navigate dramatic shifts in learning environments and digital engagement.

Carolyn was also an initiator of the School's Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. The Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Lecture is held on the evening prior to the conference, a fitting tribute to an academic who dedicated her career to nurturing education researchers.

Her legacy lives on through the success and research of her former students. Dr Baker was an outstanding PhD advisor, who supervised 25 candidates to conferral and won a University Teaching Award. She strongly believed in the importance of candidates presenting their work in progress and thesis papers, often inviting them to join her in attending international conferences.

The Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Prize was established by her son, John Baker, with contributions from her family and friends to honour her memory. The prize provides support for an outstanding Education candidate to present at a prestigious international conference. Many past recipients have forged key professional relationships at international conferences, developing international networks and opportunities for collaboration.

In 2023, we are working toward a goal of endowing the Carolyn D Baker Prize in perpetuity, to ensure that Education HDR candidates continue to grow their impact through participation in leading Education conferences. 

We are therefore hoping that you would consider making a contribution to create this important endowment. Together, we can continue to create positive change in education at a local and global level. 

Online donations can be made here, or please call Amy Henderson on 33461640.

With your support, we can continue to offer this prize each year, ensuring that candidates from UQ School of Education benefit from participation in international conferences.

Thank you for helping us to build on Carolyn’s remarkable legacy, through inspiring future generations of education researchers.

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Prize Rules and Criteria

Prize rules

The Carolyn D Baker Prize was established in 2004 as a memorial to Dr Carolyn Baker, a former Associate Professor at the School of Education of The University of Queensland. 

  1. The object of the prize is to provide an annual financial contribution to allow a higher degree by research student, studying in the discipline of Education at The University of Queensland, to attend and present a paper at a national or international conference.
  2. The prize is awarded by the Head, School of Education, after a consultation with a Selection Committee.
  3. The prize is open to a full or part-time higher degree by research student undertaking research in the discipline of Education at The University of Queensland.
  4. Selection is based on research potential as assessed by the Selection Committee.
  5. The prize is awarded once per year.
  6. The value of the prize covers conference registration for 2023/2024 to $1,000.
Prize criteria
  1. Confirmed higher degree research student (full-time or part-time) undertaking research in the discipline of Education at The University of Queensland.
  2. Research potential of the applicant.
  3. Well advanced in research to present data based on their project.
  4. Preference given to applications dealing in some way with Carolyn's research orientation and interests, broadly conceived.
  5. Attendance at a national or international prestigious conference.
  6. Regard given to the substance of the presentation and likelihood of it bringing credit to the School of Education.
  7. Award to be applied to a conference in the year of the award or the subsequent year.
  8. Award is contingent upon acceptance of the paper at the nominated conference.  Notification is to be provided prior to accepting the award.
  9. Award recipient will receive the award in person at the Carolyn D Baker Memorial Lecture on Friday September 15, 2023, and will make a presentation at the event, based upon the conference presentation.
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Application Form

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Carolyn D Baker's Publications

Book chapters
Chen, H., Christensen, C. A. & Baker, C. D. (2003). Pedagogy and the construction of learning disabilities: Identifying students as "disabled". In Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & Rawolle, S. (Eds.), Educational Imaginings: On the Play of Texts and Contexts First ed. (pp. 126-151) Brisbane Australia: Australian Academic Press.
Freebody, P. & Baker, C. D. (2003). Categories and accounts in literacy research and education: Changing targets. In Bull, G. & Anstey, M. (Eds.), The Literacy Lexicon 2nd ed. (pp. 225-239) Australia: Prentice Hall.
Baker, C. D. (2002). Ethnomethodological analyses of interviews. In Gubrium, J. F. & Holstein, J. A. (Eds.), Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method (pp. 777-795) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Baker, C. D. & Freebody, P. (2001). The crediting of literate competence in classroom talk. In Fehring, H. & Green, P. (Eds.), Critical Literacy: A Collection of Articles from the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (pp. 58-74) Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Baker, C. D. (2000). Locating culture in action: Membership categorisation in texts and talk. In Lee, A. & Poynton, C. (Eds.), Culture & Text: Discourse and Methodology in Social Research and Cultural Studies (pp. 99-113) St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Baker, C. D. & Campbell, R. (2000). Children, language and power. In Campbell, R. & Green, D. (Eds.), Literacies and learners: Current perspectives (pp. 15-29) Sydney: Prentice Hall.
Danby, S. & Baker, C. D. (2000). Unravelling the fabric of social order in block area. In Hester, S. & Francis, D. (Eds.), Local Educational Order: Ethnomethodological Studies of Knowledge in Action (pp. 91-140) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Journal articles
Baker, C. D. (2005) Review essay: Surviving a winter of desolation. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 52 3: 259-263.
Baker, C. D. (2005) Review of counseling children and adolescents (3rd ed.) edited by Ann Vernon. Australian Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 15 1: 117-118.
Baker, C. D. (2005) Review of counseling families: An introduction to marriage and family therapy (3rd ed) by David L. Fennell & Barry K. Weinhold. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 15 2: 241-242.
Moni, K. B., Van Kraayenoord, C. E. & Baker, C.D. (2003) An investigation of discourses of literacy assessment in two first year high school English classrooms. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 26 1: 67-83.
Christensen, C. & Baker, C. (2002) Pedagogy, observation and the construction of learning disabilities. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 10 1: 73-93.
Moni, K., Van Kraayenoord, C. & Baker, C. (2002) Students’ perceptions of literacy assessment. Assessment in Education, 9 3: 319-342.
Danby, S. & Baker, C.D. (2001) Escalating terror: Communicative strategies in a preschool classroom dispute. Early Education and Development, 12 3: 343-358.
Honan, E., Knobel, M., Baker, C.D. & Davies, B. (2001) La produccion de posibles anas: La teoria y el objeto de la investigacion. Desencuestros: Revista de Analisis Educativo y Social, 2 2: 14-38.
Roulston, K., Baker, C.D. & Liljestrom, A. (2001) Analyzing the researcher's work in generating data: The case of complaints. Qualitative Inquiry, 7 6: 745-772.
Baker, C. D. (1999) Review of N. Yelland (Ed.) 'Gender in early childhood'. Educating Young Children: Learning and Teaching in the Early Childhood Years, 5 2: 54-54.

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Scholarship Recipients

2022Meng ZhangLanguage, power, and partnership: An ethnomethodological study of cross-cultural learner-teacher co-design practice

Rafaan Daliri-Ngametua

Maksud Ali

Australian Association for Research in Education

18th Annual CamTESOL Conference

2019Yael LeibovitchWriting as a 21st century skill: A dialogic approach to literacy pedagogy
2018Siti Muflichah 4th International Conference on Social and Political Sciences (ICSPS)

Feng- Ru Chang

Julie Lewis

Australian Association for Research in Education

British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference

2016Nantana TaptamatExploring a Discourse of Inquiry in Thai Secondary Classrooms
2015Steven LewisComparative and International Education Society (CIES) 60th Annual Conference


Anne Bennison

European Conference for Educational Research

2013David PeacockISA World Congress of Sociology
2012Aspa BaroutsisThe European Conference on Education Research (ECER)
2011Laura ScholesEuropean Conference in Educational Research (ECER)
Christina Gowlett
Thi Hong Thanh Pham
European Conference in Educational Research (ECER)  
British Educational Research Association (BERA)
The New Zealand International Education Conference
Geoff Hilton
2009 Conference of the International Association for Scientific Knowledge: Teaching and Learning
Thu Thy Vu
Symposium on Tertiary Assessment and Higher Education Student Outcomes: Policy, Practice and Research 2008 in New Zealand
Sitti Maesuri Patahuddin
4th East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME)
Velepat Tuaru
International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairments (ICEVI)
Paula Jervis-Tracey
International Conference on Conversation Analysis

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First Scholarship (2005)

“The Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 and 2005 is the first year it has been awarded. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide an annual contribution to allow a postgraduate research student studying in the discipline of Education at The University of Queensland to attend and present a paper at an international conference. Carolyn often presented her work at national and international conferences. She believed in encouraging students to present their “work in progress” or papers from their completed theses - often inviting them to join her in attending conferences overseas. Thus the purpose of this scholarship fits in well with her aims and intentions. The value of the scholarship is $2500 per annum. The award was instigated by Carolyn Baker’s son, John Baker, and the award that will be given tonight is a wonderful way in which her son, her family, friends, and colleagues have honoured her memory.

The Scholarship Committee in 2005 was chaired by Professor Adrian Ashman, Head of the School of Education, John Baker, Professor Peter Freebody, Professor Susan Danby of Queensland University of Technology and myself. Susan was one of Carolyn’s PhD students and colleague and co-author. Susan gave the inaugural Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Lecture in 2004.

The applicant who will receive the Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Scholarship this year wrote in her application the following:

‘My involvement with the PhD program was due in no small part by the encouragement and support I received from Associate Professor Carolyn Baker in the latter stages of my Honours Program. With her excellent guidance in the beginning year of my PhD and the continued excellence of supervision from Associate Professor Pam Christie and Dr Susan Danby I now find myself in the final year of my PhD program.’

The applicant will be presenting a paper at the International Conference on Conversation Analysis, in Helsinki, from May 10-14, 2006. The applicant described the conference in the following way:

‘This is an international multidisciplinary meeting on conversation analysis. It brings together researchers of language, culture and society from different parts of the world. It aims at sharing the latest research, promoting co-operation among researchers, and discussing new openings in the quickly developing field of conversational studies. The theme of the 2006 conference is “Comparative Perspectives in Conversation Analysis”. The aspects of my research that I plan to present at this conference compliment this theme in that it compares interactional practices of members representing two different educational sectors as they work together to form an Education Alliance.’ 

The Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Scholarship is awarded in 2005 to Paula Jervis-Tracey. I would like to ask her to come up to receive the Scholarship. [Letter from John Baker handed to Paula Jervis-Tracey. Paula Jervis-Tracey responds.]”  Spoken by C. E. van Kraayenoord, 2005

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Memorial Lectures

The following speakers have presented at the School's annual Carolyn D Baker Memorial Lecture.


The Digital Child

Professor Susan Danby, Queensland University of Technology





How to Democratise Intellectual Labour

Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney


What is Responsible Research and Innovation?

Professor Karen Hussey, The University of Queensland


Researching things that matter and making our research matter

Professor Diane Mayer, University of Sydney


Shifting literacies. What’s new, what do we know, and what are we missing?

Professor Annette Woods, QUT


My struggle for pedagogy: From poststructural analysis to randomised controlled trial

Professor Jenny Gore, University of Newcastle


Where are you in all of this? The ontologies of knowledge production

Professor Margaret Somerville


The Research Imagination in a World on the Move

Professor Jane Kenway, Monash University


Public education and research for the public good

Professor Marie Brennan, Victoria University


The study of educator's lives and careers: An auto/biographical life history of the genre

Professor Pat Sikes, University of Sheffield


Mandated literacy assessment and the reorganisation of teachers' work: What kind of revolution is this?

Professor Barbara Comber

University of South Australia



Children’s first school books – 20 years on

Professor Jo-Anne Reid
President, Australian Associate for Research in Education


The literacy wars

Professor Illana Snyder
Monash University


Exploring possibilities for narrative, interactional and discursive orders

Associate Professor Greer Johnson Griffith University,School of Education, UQ Alumni


Analysing text and talk: Reflections on collaborative work with Carolyn Baker

Professor Bronwyn Davies
University of Western Sydney


The principled study of educational activities

Professor Peter Freebody
School of Education


The supervisory experience: Culture in action

Professor Susan Danby
Queensland University of Technology, School of Education, UQ Alumni



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