Roger Morris has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. During that time, he has held a number of senior positions including: Director of External and Continuing Education (GTC); Academic Planning Officer (SCAE); Director,Academic Planning and Services (ITATE); Assistant Dean (FAE); and Alternate Dean (Faculty of Education).
President, Australian Association of Adult and Community Education (AAACE) 1996-98. Member,National Executive of the AAACE 1987-to present. Secretary, NSW Branch of the AAACE 1991- to present. Member, NSW Branch of the AAACE 1985- to present.Assistant State Secretary, Lecturers' Association (NSWTF),1975-1995. State Secretary 1995- to present.Life Member, Canterbury-Bankstown Teachers' Association (1975), Lecturers' Association (1994), NSWTF (1995).Member, nominated by the NSW-VCC, NSW TAFE Accreditation Council, 1994- to present.Vice President, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 1998-1999. Member of the Board, 1995-to present.Member, Council, Sydney WEA,1990-98.
Roger's major research interest is in the history of adult education, more particularly, the history of Australian adult education. Roger also maintains his ongoing interest in international and comparative adult education. Moreover, he has completed, over the years, significant work on the professional education of practitioners.
Program design, implementation, and evaluation; Australian adult education; Social, historical and philosophiical foundations of adult education; Educational administration and management; Politics of education; Policy analysis.
Arnold Hely (19071967) was a most significant figure in the history of adult education in New Zealand, in Australia and internationally. Arnold Hely, a New Zealander, Director of Tutorial Classes (later Adult Education) at the University of Adelaide from 1957 to 1965, was the prime mover in the establishment in 1964 of the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE) and was, until his most untimely death in 1967, its General Secretary. He previously had played, as an impartial newcomer/outsider, a leading role in the formation in 1960 of ALA (then called AAAE). In this paper I will focus on Helys efforts to bring Australian adult education into the mainstream of world adult education. In telling Helys story I will explore the context of Australian adult education in the 1950s and 1960s
Tennant, MC & Morris, RK 2009, 'The Changing Face of Adult Education in Australia' in Peter Javis (ed), The Routledge International Handbook of Lifelong Learning, Routledge, London, UK, pp. 470-478.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
It is very difficult to describe briefly and simply the history and current provision of adult education in Australia. This is partly due to the constitutional arrangements in Australia, which is a federation made up of six states and two territories: a federation in which the principal responsibility for education, including adult education, remains with the states and territories. The best and 1110St complete way to describe adult education in Australia would be to write eight separate accounts. Nevertheless there are commonalities among the states that have been forged by a common history, a common set of issues and a common federal government that is increasingly intent on establishing a national approach to education and training.
Foley, G, Crombie, A, Hawke, GA & Morris, RK 2000, 'Policy formation in adult education & training' in Foley, G (ed), Understanding Adult Education & Training, Allen& Unwin, Sydney, Australia, pp. 117-126.