About the Scholarship

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

Dr Baker moved to the University of New England, Armidale from Canada in 1976. She was appointed as an Associate Professor in the School of Education, The University of Queensland in 1991. An elected member of the 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 was an outstanding PhD advisor, supervising 25 candidates to conferral and winning a UniversityTeaching Award for her postgraduate supervision.

Highly respected by all her friends, colleagues and students her legacy lives on through the success and research of her students and through an annual public lecture we host in her name. An initiator of the School's Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, it is fitting that this lecture is held on the evening prior to this conference

The Carolyn D. Baker Memorial Scholarship was established by her son, John Baker, and is a wonderful way in which we are allowed to join with her family and friends to honour her memory.

An annual contribution towards the scholarship allows a higher degree research student, studying in the discipline of Education at The University of Queensland, to attend and present a paper at an international conference. Dr Baker believed in encouraging candidates to present their “work in progress” or papers from their completed theses and often invited them to join her in attending conferences overseas. With this scholarship, we are proud to continue supporting her aims and intentions.

Carolyn D Baker Scholarship Application Form
Scholarship rules

The Carolyn D Baker Scholarship 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.  The scholarship is maintained by donations from her family, friends and work colleagues.

  1. The object of the scholarship is to provide an annual financial contribution to allow a higher degree research student, studying in the discipline of Education at The University of Queensland, to attend and present a paper at an international conference.
  2. The scholarship is awarded by the Dean of the Graduate School, on the recommendation of the Head, School of Education, after a consultation with a Selection Committee comprising the Head, School of Education; Mr John Baker or nominee; the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; and three people selected by the Head, School of Education and Mr John Baker from within the discipline of Education research, of whom two must be employed by The University of Queensland.
  3. The scholarship is open to a full or part-time higher degree 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 scholarship is awarded once per year.
  6. The value of the scholarship is $2500.
Scholarship 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 with work close to Carolyn's in terms of research orientation and interests.
  5. Attendance at an 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 School of Education's Postgraduate Research Community Conference, and will make a presentation at the Conference, based upon the international conference presentation.

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.


Md Maksud Ali

Rafaan Daliri

English for human capital development in a globalizing world: Policy, practices and perceptions

The datafication of assessment and learning: An ethno-case study of student, teacher and school practices in Queensland, Australia

2020NANon award due to COVID-19
2019Yael LeibovitchWriting as a 21st century skill: A dialogic approach to literacy pedagogy
2018Siti Muflichah“I am a Muslimah academic, listen to my story”. Restorying female lndonesian academics' career experiences.

Feng-Ru Chang


Julie Lewis

'Who was I?.' in the journey of data collection while exploring the student-teacher interactions in Taiwanese buxiban classrooms

Supporting teachers of primary school students with communication disorders and school refusal
behaviour .

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

“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

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

The 2014 Lecture will be on Friday 15 August. The speaker will be Professor Margaret Somerville from the University of Western Sydney.

2021The Digital ChildProfessor Susan Danby, QUT
2020COVID-19 - cancelled Memorial LectureNA
2019How to Democratise Intellectual LabourProfessor Raewyn Connell, The University of Sydney
2018What is Responsible Research and Innovation?Professor Karen Hussey, UQ
2017Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher EducationProfessor Diane Mayer, The University of Sydney

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

Professor Annette Woods, QUT
2015My struggle for pedagogy: From poststructural analysis to randomised controlled trialProfessor Jenny Gore, University of Newcastle
2014Where are you in all of this? The ontologies of knowledge productionProfessor Margaret Somerville
2013The Research Imagination in a World on the MoveProfessor 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