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KOH Soon Lee, Aaron

Associate Professor
BA (1st Class Honours) (Murdoch), PGDE (Distinction) (NIE, S'pore), PhD (Queensland)

Aaron Koh is a qualified English teacher. He has a First Class Honours in English & Comparative Literature from Murdoch University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with Distinction) from the National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore specializing in English Language and Literature teaching. He taught the GCE A levels General Paper in a junior college in Singapore (equivalent to Form 5 and 6 in Hong Kong) and Language Arts in an independent school in Singapore.

After completing his PhD at the University of Queensland in 2003, he began his academic career at Monash University but returned to Asia and taught at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and National Institute of Education, Singapore.

His research fields include Globalisation and Education, Sociology of Education, Critical English Education and Cultural Studies in Education. He serves on the Editorial Board of four international journals: Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education (Routledge), Curriculum Inquiry (Routledge), Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Routledge) and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (Wiley-Blackwell). He is also the Co-founder Book Series Editor (with Victoria Carrington), Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education (Springer).

He recently completed a five-year Australia Research Council (ARC) funded study on "Elite Independent Schools in Globalising Circumstances: A global multi-sited ethnography" with a team of international collaborators from Monash University (Jane Kenway and Johannah Fahey), University of Melbourne (Fazal Rizvi), Roehampton University (Debbie Epstein) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Cameron McCarthy).

Education and Development
Education and Politics
Education Ethnography
Education Policy
Qualitative Methods
Sociology of Education
PEDU 7206  Foundations of Educational Administration and Policy
PEDU 7207  School Reform in a Global Context
PEDU 6402  Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
PGDE 5211  Structure and Process of Schooling
PGDP 5301  Structure and Process of Schooling
PEDU 7302  Advanced Seminar in Qualitative Research Methodology
Koh, A. & Kenway, J. (Eds.). Elite Schools: Multiple Geographies of Privilege. London: Routledge, 2016.
Kenway, J., Fahey, J., Epstein, D., Koh, A., McCarthy, C., & Rizvi, F. Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalisation. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2016.
Koh, A. & Chong, T. (Eds.). Education in a Global City: The Manufacturing of Education in Singapore. London: Routledge, 2016.
Kenway, J. & Koh, A. (Eds.). Special Issue: New Sociologies of elite schooling: Theoretical, methodological and empirical explorations. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(1), 2015.
Koh, A. Popular Culture goes to school in Hong Kong: a Language Arts curriculum on revolutionary road? Oxford Review of Education, 41(6), 691-710, 2015.
Koh, A. On ‘Gods’ and ‘Kings’ in the Tutorial Industry: A ‘Media Spectacle’ analysis of the Shadow Education in Hong Kong. In J. Moss and B. Pini (Eds.), Visual Research Methods in Educational Research (pp.189-208). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Koh, A. Deparochializing education and the Asian priority: a curriculum (re)imagination. In C. Halse (Ed.)(2014). Asia Literate Schooling in Asia Century (pp.169-181). London: Routledge, 2014.
Koh, A. The semiotics of social aesthetics in an Elite School in Singapore: an ethnographic study. In J. Fahey, H. Prosser and M. Shaw (Eds.), In the realm of the senses: the Social Aesthetics and the sensory dynamics of privilege (pp.187-21). Netherlands, Springer., 2015.

A. Book Series: Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education 

B. Elite Independent Schools in Globalising Circumstances: A Global Multi-Sited Ethnography