Biography and current work


John McIntyre is a researcher and  policy consultant in the field of adult learning. From 2007-2010 he was Chair of the NSW Advisory Committee on Community Education and 2002-2007 member and later interim Chair of the NSW Board of Adult and Community Education (See NSW ACE site). Download CV

Until 2001 he worked at the University of Technology Sydney as a senior researcher and later Director of the UTS Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training. He has over 25 years experience in the professional preparation of adult and vocational educators. Since 2012 he has been an  Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra. 

He has conducted research for government in adult and community education (ACE) and VET, including the Australian National Training Authority, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, the NSW Board of Adult and Community Education, the Victorian Adult Community and Further Education Board and the West Australian Department of Training.

John holds a Master of Arts in Education with First Class Honours in the University of Sydney and a PhD in Education in the University of Technology Sydney. His PhD (by publication) was based on his research on policy, provision and participation in adult and community education.

Recent scholarly work has been in the history of education, with a policy history of lifelong learning in Australia (2012), a study of Rosemarie Benjamin's  Theatre for Children Sydney (2017) and a history of a pioneering Buddhist organisation, Wat Buddha Dhamma. 

Recent publications

McIntyre,J. (2017). Beyond the school: Rosemarie Benjamin's Theatre for Children Sydney, 1937 - 1957. History of Education Review, 47 (2).   Go to Theatre for Children webpage.

McIntyre,J. (2012). Lifelong learning as policy process: A case study from Australia. In Aspin, D.N.; Chapman, J.; Evans, K.; Bagnall, R. (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. Dordrecht: Springer.759-772

Watson,L. and Mcintyre,J. (2011).
Scaling Up: Building engineering workforce capacity through education and training. Download Report and Summary from ANET.

McIntyre,J. (2011). Enterprising ACE: ACE organisations and workforce skills development in small and medium enterprises. Canberra: Adult Learning Australia. Download report

McIntyre, J. (2008). Professional knowledge formation and organisational capacity-building in ACE: Lessons from the Victorian Research Circles. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 48, No. 2: 213-236.   Request journal article.

McIntyre,J. (2007).Perspectives on client engagement' in Engagement and participation in a learner-centred system. Canberra: Adult Learning Australia. (2007).  See overview or full set of papers (3.3Mb).

A continuing project has been an ACE Research Archive that makes available electronic versions of past research in the Australian ACE sector.

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