Andrew McConney
BSc Toronto; MS, PhD Florida Tech

Associate Professor

About me

Andrew is Associate Professor of Program Evaluation, Research Methods and Classroom Assessment in the School of Education at Murdoch University. Currently, Dr McConney teaches Policy Research & Evaluation (SWM516), Assessment & Action Research (BED200), and Learning and Assessment Processes (EDN545).

Prior to joining Murdoch in 2006, Andrew was Associate Professor in the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University where he taught undergraduate assessment and action research and graduate educational research methods. Andrew has also been Associate Research Professor at Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University, where along with Mark Schalock and Bob Ayres, he led the development of the Evaluation and Research Group (ERGO), and the validation of Teacher Work Sample Methodology (TWSM). Before working in Oregon, Dr McConney directed the Cross-Cutting Theory Project of the national Center for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) at Western Michigan University’s Evaluation Center, under the leadership of Dan Stufflebeam and Arlen Gullickson.

As an educational researcher and program evaluator, in Australia and the US, Andrew has directed or co‑directed numerous grants and contracts related to teacher education, teacher evaluation and teacher effectiveness, school system reform and improvement, and the evaluation of science, maths and environmental education programs. In addition to these ongoing interests, Andrew has been engaged in developing two additional programs of research over the last couple of years. The first, with Laura Perry, is the examination of relationships among student socioeconomic status (SES), school SES and student performance using secondary analysis of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) datasets. This work has attracted considerable interest from international colleagues and students, and was cited in David Gonski’s national review of funding for Australian schools. The second, with Amanda Woods‑McConney, Mary Oliver (Nottingham), Renato Schibeci, and Dorit Maor examines the factors associated with students’ science literacy and engagement in science, also using retrospective analysis of PISA data. This research has compared the factors related to literacy and engagement in science for indigenous and non-indigenous students in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


Teaching area

Currently, I teach in the areas of classroom assessment and action research (BED200 Assessment and Action Research); learning and assessment (EDN545, Learning and Assessment Processes); and, policy research and evaluation (SWM516 Policy Research & Evaluation) with Professor Rick Cummings. I am also the principal or co-supervisor for several doctoral students’ programs of research.

Research areas

My research interests currently span three areas:

1. the effectiveness of teacher education, including the assessment of programs, graduates and early career teachers. Recent projects in this area include:

2. the evaluation of science, maths and environmental education programs, typically using mixed‑method approaches. Recent projects in this area include:

  • Review of the use of technology in Mathematics education and the related use of CAS calculators in external examinations and in post school tertiary education settings (2015) with Barry Kissane & Kai Fai Ho, for Western Australia’s School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) ISBN 978 0 7307 2843 6
  • External Evaluation of Maths by Email (2010) for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) with Barry Kissane. Available at http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED523870.pdf
  • External Evaluation of a Pilot Mentoring Program for Beginning Science and Mathematics Teachers (2008-09) for the University of Western Australia and WA Department of Industry and Resources with Dorit Maor. Available at http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED505169.pdf

3. the secondary analysis of large-scale datasets to inform educational policy and practice. Recent work in this area includes:

  • retrospective analysis of PISA data to better understand cross-cultural patterns of science literacy and engagement in science for students in Australia,New Zealand and Canada, for example,

Woods McConney, A., Oliver, M., McConney, A., Maor, D., & Schibeci, R. (2011). Science Engagement and Literacy: A Retrospective Analysis for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Students in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Research in Science Education. Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11165-011-9265-y

  • secondary analysis of PISA data to better understand cross-national patterns of achievement related to student and school SES, and with particular focus on issues of equity in Australian schools, for example,

McConney, A. & Perry, L. (2010). Science and Mathematics Achievement in Australia: The Role of School Socioeconomic Composition in Educational Equity and Effectiveness. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 429 – 452. Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10763-010-9197-4

Current projects

Currently, I am working on:

  • retrospective analysis of PISA data to better understand cross-cultural patterns of science literacy and engagement in science for students in Australia,New Zealand and Canada.
  • secondary analysis of PISA data to better understand cross-national patterns of achievement related to student and school SES, and with particular focus on issues of equity across schools.
Also, I am working with Emeritus Associate Professor Barry Kissane and Dr Kai Fai Ho on a 2015 Review of the use of technology in Mathematics education and the related use of CAS calculators in external examinations and in post school tertiary education settings, for the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).

Also, with Associate Professor Libby Lee-Hammond, I recently completed an impact evaluation for World Vision Solomon Islands on its Temotu Early Childhood Care and Development project. Here’s a letter from WVSI about Libby’s and my work on that project (Appreciation for Libby and Andrew-Murdoch Uni)

Awards and grants

Recent industry‑funded grants, contracts, consultancies and commissioned research and evaluation projects include:

  1. 2015 Co-investigator (with Emeritus Associate Professor Barry Kissane and Dr Kai Fai Ho) for Review of the use of technology in Mathematics education and the related use of CAS calculators in external examinations and in post school tertiary education settings, Mathematics Course Advisory Committee of the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA).
  2. 2014-15 Co-evaluation consultant (with Assoc Prof Libby Lee‑Hammond) for World Vision Solomon Islands Temotu Early Childhood Care and Development project—including the assessment of children’s literacy and numeracy associated with early childhood programs provided by World Vision.
  3. 2014 Co-investigator (with Dr Amanda Woods-McConney) for Indigenous Student Success in Science, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Education, Indigenous Higher Education Policy, Research and Strategy Group.
  4. 2012 Evaluation consultant (with Assoc Prof Libby Lee‑Hammond) for World Vision Solomon Islands Makira Early Childhood Development Program Review—for the assessment of children’s literacy and numeracy associated with early childhood programs provided by World Vision Australia and supported by AusAID.
  5. 2011 New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (NZ PPTA) A Systematic Review of the Literature surrounding Fast Track Schemes in Teacher Education, with particular focus on Teach for All ($40K) Chief investigator (with Dr Anne Price and Dr Amanda Woods-McConney).
  6. 2010 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Education) Evaluation of Maths by Email ($10K) External evaluator with Mr Barry Kissane.
  7. 2009-11 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC, Priority Projects) Keeping Cool: Embedding Resiliency in the Initial Teacher Education Curriculum (see http://keepingcool.edu.au/); Dr C Mansfield & Dr A. Price, Co‑Chief Investigators ($217K) Project researcher.
  8. 2008-09 The University of Western Australia, Graduate School of Education and WA Department of Industry and Resources (DOIR) Pilot Mentoring Program for Beginning Science and Mathematics Teachers ($40K) External evaluator with Dr Dorit Maor.
  9. 2008-09 Western Australia College of Teaching (WACOT) An Assessment of the Phenomenon of Teaching Out‑of‑Field in WA Schools ($30K) Chief researcher, with Dr Anne Price.
  10. 2006‑08 Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM 3, DEST) Hillside Geology Discovery Centre, ($5K) Critical friend.
  11. 2006‑07 Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM 2, DEST), Socially Responsible Science, ($5K) Critical friend.
  12. 2006-07 Australian Department of Education, Science, and Training (DEST), Research review on Measuring Teacher Effectiveness ($30K) Chief investigator.

Events and speaking engagements

McConney, A., Oliver, M., Woods-McConney, A., Maor, D. Does More Inquiry Mean Better Literacy and Engagement in Science? An Analysis of Australia, Canada and New Zealand using PISA. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2016), Dublin, Ireland, 23 – 26 August, 2016.

Professional and community service

I currently serve the Research and Postgraduate Studies Committee for the School of Education, and Murdoch’s Student Appeals General Committee. Additionally, I am a member of two consulting teams currently managed by Murdoch’s Centre for Learning Change and Development that have tendered successfully to provide ongoing research and evaluation services to: 1) the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Research and Evaluation Panel; and, 2) the Social Policy Research and Evaluation Panel for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (DFaHCSIA).

Previously, I served two terms on the board of directors of the Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE), was a member of the Advisory Committee on Multicultural Assessment for Western Oregon’s Education Evaluation Center, served on the Human Subjects Research Review Boards of two universities, and was a 4‑year member of FGCU’s Grants and Research Team.

I review manuscripts for the following journals:

  • International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives
  • Education Research and Evaluation
  • Issues in Educational Research
  • Journal of Mixed Methods Research
  • American Journal of Evaluation
  • Educational Assessment
  • Journal of Professional Studies
  • Journal of Teacher Education
  • Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education
  • Studies in Educational Evaluation
  • National Science Teachers’ Association The Science Teacher

In service to the public schools, in 2013 I was a member of the Judging Panel for WA’s Primary School of the Year Education Awards. I have also served as a member of School Council for Lesmurdie Primary School in the Perth Hills.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Completed Postgraduate Students

  • Rebecca Saunders, PhD (2016). Professional development, instructional intelligence and teacher emotions: A mixed-methods study of a four-year systemic change initiative. (Principal supervisor, by publication).
    • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Educational Change SIG Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for 2013.
    • Murdoch University School of Education Prize for best PhD Dissertation, 2016.
    • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Postgraduate Research Award (PhD) 2017

Dr Rebecca Saunders won the 2016 School of Education Prize for the Best PhD Dissertation over the past two years.
  • Nicki Rehn, EdD (2016). Video-conferencing in rural and remote secondary education in Canada: A mixed- method collective case study of teachers’ perceptions around presence, process and professional learning. (Co-supervisor, by publication).
    • Murdoch University School of Education Prize for best EdD Dissertation, 2016. 
    • Best Publication by a Higher Degree by Research Candidate in the School of Education, Murdoch University, 2016 for Navigating the challenges of delivering secondary school courses by videoconference. British Journal of Educational Technology. Published online: 6 May 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12460
  • Katie Roe, PhD (2015). Zoo education: A comparative international study of zoo intentions and the visitor experience. 
    • Best Publication by a Higher Degree by Research Candidate in the School of Education, Murdoch University, 2014, for Do zoo visitors come to learn?  An internationally comparative, mixed-methods study. Environmental Education Research (2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2014.940282
  • Peter Baffour-Awuah, EdD (2012). Supervision of instruction in public primary schools in Ghana: Teachers’ and headteachers’ perceptions. Murdoch University.
  • Rashmi Watson, EdD (2011). Linking assessment and pedagogy: Pre-primary teachers’ literacy practices in Catholic schools, Western Australia. Murdoch University.
    • Murdoch University School of Education Prize for Doctor of Education (best EdD Dissertation in the past two years), 2012 .
  • Frank Bate, PhD (2010). A longitudinal study of beginning teachers’ pedagogical identity and their use of ICT. Murdoch University.
  • Miriam Brooker, MEd (2009). Youth mentoring and adult-youth relationships: The importance of context.Masters by Research Training, Murdoch University.
    • Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Postgraduate Research Award (Murdoch University) 2010
  • Anne Harris, MEd (2009).  An investigation of the relationship between emotional literacy and bullying. Masters by Research, Murdoch University.
    • 2011 Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) Postgraduate Research Award (Murdoch University), and Thelma Harley Brown Prize in Education for “best academic performance in the Master of Education (Research) by a student graduating in that course.”
  • MarybethThomas, EdD (2005). The effects of looping on achievement and self-efficacy of exceptional education students. University of Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University

Doctoral & Masters Students (current)

Katie Roe (l) & Kevin Sullivan (r) shared 2014 prize for best publication by a HDR Candidate in the School of Education.

  • Kevin Sullivan (PhD, part time). How do school resources and climate vary by socio-economic context?  A cross‑national study of seven countries. (Co-supervisor, by publication). Best Publication by a Higher Degree by Research Candidate in the School of Education, Murdoch University, 2014, for Sullivan, K., Perry, L., & McConney, A. (2014). How do school learning environments differ across Australia’s rural, regional and metropolitan communities? The Australian Educational Researcher.
  • Helen Egeberg (PhD). From beliefs to practice: Examining the consilience among students’, teachers’, and soon-to-be teachers’ beliefs about classroom management (Principal supervisor, by publication)
  • Minerva Blancaneaux (PhD). A Comparative Analysis of the Experiences of First Generation Higher Education Students across the Anglophone (English-Speaking) Caribbean. AusAID Caribbean Scholarship. (Principal supervisor)
  • Aidan McCarthy (EdD, part time). An investigation of professional development for enhancing digital pedagogies of hospital teachers. (Co-supervisor, by publication)
  • Toni Pikos-Sallie (EdD, part time). The Personal and Professional Benefits and Limitations of Postgraduate Study Abroad for Saudi Academics and the Implications for Higher Education Reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Principal supervisor)
  • Thao Thi Vu (PhD). Teaching Vietnamese as a second language for Indigenous preschool children in Lai Chau – Vietnam. Vietnam Government International Education Development Scholarship. (Co-supervisor)
  • Michael Sciffer (PhD). Re-specifying SES and its relationships with academic achievement in PISA. (Co-supervisor)
  • Le Hoang Van (PhD). Vietnamese EFL high school teachers’ professional development: Can SNS give a hand? (Co-supervisor)
  • Qing Wang (PhD). Raising Students’ Intercultural Communicative Awareness and Competence: A Mixed-Methods Study of Foreign Trade English Curriculum Reform. (Principal supervisor)

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Publications

Many of these publications can be accessed directly via Murdoch University Library’s Research Repository

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Rehn, N., Maor, D., & McConney, A. (2018). The specific skills required of teachers who deliver K–12 distance education courses by synchronous videoconference: implications for training and professional development. Technology, Pedagogy and Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2018.148
  • Egeberg, H. & McConney, A. (2017). What do students believe about effective classroom management? A mixed-methods investigation in Western Australian high schools. Australian Educational Researcher. Published online: 1 Dec 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-017-0250-y 
  • Oliver, M.C., Woods-McConney, A., Maor, D., & McConney, A. (2017). Female senior secondary physics students’ engagement in science: A qualitative study of constructive influences. International Journal of STEM Education, 4:4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40594-017-0060-9
  • McCarthy, A., Maor, D., & McConney, A. (2017). Mobile technology in hospital schools: What are teachers’ professional learning needs? Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE), 25(1), pp.  61-89. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education: Chesapeake, VA
  • Egeberg, H. M., McConney, A. & Price, A. (2016). Classroom management and national professional standards for teachers: A review of the literature on theory and practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(7). http://dx.doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2016v41n7.1 
  • Rehn, N., Maor, D., & McConney, A. (2016). Investigating teacher presence in courses using synchronous videoconferencing. Distance Education, 37:3, 302-316. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2016.1232157
  • Lee-Hammond, L. & McConney, A. (2016). The impact of village-based kindergarten on early literacy, numeracy, and school attendance in Solomon Islands. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2016.1155256
  • Rehn, N., Maor, D., & McConney, A. (2016). Navigating the challenges of delivering secondary school courses by videoconference. British Journal of Educational Technology. Published online: 6 May 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12460
  • Maor, D. & McConney, A. (2015). Wisdom of the elders: Mentors’ perspectives on mentoring learning environments for beginning science and mathematics teachers. Learning Environments Research: An International Journal, 18 (3), pp. 335-347. Published online: 9 June 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-015-9187-0
  • Roe, K., McConney, A., & Mansfield, C. (2015). How do zoos ‘talk’ to their general visitors? Do visitors ‘listen’? A mixed‑methods investigation of the communication between modern zoos and their general visitors. Australian Journal of Environmental Education. FirstView Article / February 2015, pp 1 – 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aee.2015.1 Published online: 05 February 2015
  • McConney, A., Oliver, M.C., Woods-McConney, A., Schibeci, R., & Maor, D. (2014). Inquiry, Engagement, and Literacy in Science: A Retrospective, Cross-National Analysis Using PISA 2006. Science Education. Article first published online: 14 SEP 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sce.21135
  • Roe, K., McConney, A., & Mansfield, C. (2014). Using evaluation to prove or to improve? An international, mixed-method investigation into zoos’ formal education evaluation practices. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, Vol. 2(4), pp. 108-116. Article first published online: 31 OCT 2014 http://www.jzar.org/jzar/issue/view/8/showToc
  • Roe, K., McConney, A., & Mansfield, C. (2014). The role of zoos in modern society – a comparison of zoos’ reported priorities and what visitors believe they should be. Anthrozoos, Vol 27(4), pp. 529-541(13). Available online: August 20, 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279314X14072268687808
  • Roe, K., & McConney, A. (2014). Do zoo visitors come to learn?  An internationally comparative, mixed-methods study. Environmental Education Research. Published online 01 Aug 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2014.940282
  • Song, S., Perry, L., & McConney, A. (2014). Explaining the achievement gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students: An analysis of PISA 2009 results for Australia and New Zealand. Educational Research and Evaluation: An International Journal on Theory and Practice. Published online: 04 Mar 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2014.892432
  • Sullivan, K., Perry, L., & McConney, A. (2014). How do school learning environments differ across Australia’s rural, regional and metropolitan communities? The Australian Educational Researcher. Published online: 1 Mar 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-014-0144-1
  • Woods-McConney, A., Oliver, M., McConney, A., Schibeci, R., & Maor, D. (2014). Science Engagement and Literacy: A retrospective analysis for students in Australia and Canada. International Journal of Science Education.36(10), 1588-1608. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2013.871658
  • Jacob, L. & McConney, A.  (2013). The Fitzroy Valley Numeracy Project: Assessment of Early Changes in Teachers’ Self-Reported Pedagogic Content Knowledge and Classroom Practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(9), Article 7. Available at: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol38/iss9/7
  • Perry, L. & McConney, A.  (2013). School Socioeconomic Status and Student Outcomes in Reading and Mathematics: A Comparison of Australia and Canada. Australian Journal of Education, 57(2) 124–140.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004944113485836
  • Woods McConney, A., Oliver, M., McConney, A., Maor, D., & Schibeci, R. (2013). Science Engagement and Literacy: A Retrospective Analysis for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Students in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Research in Science Education. 43: 233–252. First published on: 19 October 2011 Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11165-011-9265-y
  • Sullivan, K., Perry, L., & McConney, A.  (2013). How do school resources and academic performance differ across Australia’s rural, regional and-metropolitan communities? The Australian Educational Researcher, Vol. 40 (3), pp. 353-372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0100-5 Published online: 21 June 2013.
  • Price, A. & McConney, A. (2013).  Is ‘Teach for All’ knocking on your door? Journal of Pedagogy / Pedagogický casopis. Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 98–110, ISSN (Online) 1338-2144, ISSN (Print) 1338-1563, DOI: 10.2478/jped-2013-0006, April 2013.
  • Price, A., Mansfield, C.F., & McConney, A. (2012): Considering ‘teacher resilience’ from critical discourse and labour process theory perspectives, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33:1, 81-95. First available online: 12 Jan 2012 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2011.614748
  • Mansfield, C., Beltman, S., Price, A. & McConney, A. (2012). “Don’t sweat the small stuff:” Understanding teacher resilience at the chalkface. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 28(3), 357‑367. First available online: 3 December 2011 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2011.11.001
  • McConney, A., Oliver, M., Woods‑McConney, A., & Schibeci, R. (2011). Bridging the Gap? A Comparative, Retrospective Analysis of Science Literacy and Interest in Science for Indigenous and Non‑Indigenous Australian Students. International Journal of Science Education, 33(14), 2017‑2035. First published on: 14 December 2010 (iFirst) URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2010.529477
  • McConney, A. & Perry, L. (2010). Socioeconomic Status, Self‑Efficacy and Mathematics Achievement in Australia: A Secondary Analysis. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 9(2), pp. 77–91. Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10671-010-9083-4
  • McConney, A. & Perry, L. (2010). Science and Mathematics Achievement in Australia: The Role of School Socioeconomic Composition in Educational Equity and Effectiveness. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 429 – 452. Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10763-010-9197-4
  • Perry, L. & McConney, A. (2010). School Socio-economic Composition and Student Outcomes in Australia: Implications for Education Policy. Australian Journal of Education, 54(1), 72‑85.
  • Perry, L. & McConney, A. (2010). Does the SES of the School Matter? An Examination of Socioeconomic Status and Student Achievement Using PISA 2003. Teachers College Record Volume 112, Number 4, April 2010, pp. 1137–1162. http://www.tcrecord.org ID: 15662
  • Oliver, M., McConney, A., & Maor, D. (2009). Listening to the Learners: Mentee Perspectives of a Mentoring Program for First Year Science Teachers. Teaching Science, 55(4), 6‑11.
  • McConney, A. & Price, A. (2009). Teaching Out-of-Field in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 34 (6), pp. 86‑100. http://ajte.education.ecu.edu.au/issues/PDF/346/McConney.pdf
  • Isaacs, M. L., Elliott, E., McConney, A., Wachholz, P., Greene, P. & Greene, M. (2007). Evaluating “Quality” Methods of Filling the “Teacher Gap”: Results of a Pilot Study with Early Career Teachers. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification. NAAC, Vol. 2, No. 2. http://www.alt-teachercert.org/JNAAC/JNAAC_Fall_2007_Final.pdf
  • Vázquez-Montilla, E., Spillman, C. V., Elliott, E., & McConney, A. (2007). Co‑Teaching in Teacher Education: Expectations, Inspirations and Limitations. Florida Education Leadership, 7(2), 47 51.
  • McConney, A., Ayres, R., Hansen, J. B., & Cuthbertson, L. (2003). Quest for quality: Recruitment, retention, professional development, and performance evaluation in Baltimore City’s public schools. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 8(1), 87 116.
  • McConney, A., Rudd, A., & Ayres, R. (2002). Getting to the bottom line: A method for synthesizing findings within mixed method program evaluations. American Journal of Evaluation, 23(2), 121-140.
  • McConney, A. (1998). Introduction: The issue in perspective. In A. McConney, (Guest Ed.), Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education. [Special issue on Teacher Accountability and Student Learning], 12(3), 229 231.
  • McConney, A., Schalock, M. D., & Schalock, H. D. (1998). Focusing improvement and quality assurance: Work samples as authentic performance measures of prospective teachers’ effectiveness. Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, 11(4), 343 363.
  • McConney, A. & Ayres, R. R. (1998). Assessing student teachers’ assessments. Journal of Teacher Education, 49(2), 140 150.
  • McConney, A. (1995). Introduction: Common ground for a unified approach. In A. McConney, (Guest Ed.), Studies in Educational Evaluation. [Special issue], 21(2), 105-110.
  • Horton, P. B., McConney, A., Woods, A. L., Barry, K., Krout II, H. L., & Doyle, B. K. (1993). A content analysis of research published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching from 1985 through 1989. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 30 (8), 857-870.
  • Horton, P. B., McConney, A., Gallo, M., Woods, A. L., Senn, G. J., & Hamelin, D. (1993). An investigation of the effectiveness of concept mapping as an instructional tool. Science Education, 77 (1), 95-111.

 

Technical Reports (Recent Research and Evaluation Projects)

  1. Kissane, B., McConney, A., & Ho, K.F. (2015, December). Review of the use of technology in Mathematics education and the related use of CAS calculators in external examinations and in post school tertiary education settings. Perth, WA: School Curriculum and Standards Authority. ISBN 978 0 7307 2843 6
  2. Lee-Hammond, L. & McConney, A. (2015, April). Temotu Early Childhood Care Development Programme: End of phase evaluation report for World Vision Solomon Islands. Perth, Western Australia: School of Education, Murdoch University.
  3. Woods-McConney, A. & McConney, A. (2014). Indigenous Student Success in Science. Perth: Murdoch University, School of Education. A research report for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC) and the Indigenous Higher Education Policy, Research and Strategy Group, Department of Education, Australian Government.
  4. McConney, A., Price, A., & Woods-McConney, A. (2012/01). Fast track teacher education: A review of the research literature on Teach For All schemes. Perth: Murdoch University, Centre for Learning, Change and Development. ISBN 978-0-9876543-1-1 http://www.ppta.org.nz/index.php/resources/publication-list/2142-fast-track-teach-2012-litrev  ED529919 Available at http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED529919.pdf
  5. Kelly, L., Lee-Hammond, L., & McConney, A. (2012). World Vision Solomon Islands Makira Early Childhood Development Program Impact Report. Perth: Murdoch University.
  6. Kissane, B. & McConney, A. (2010/12). Evaluation of Maths by Email: Final Report December 2010. Perth, WA: Centre for Learning, Change and Development, Murdoch University. ED523870 Available at http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED523870.pdf
  7. McConney, A. & Price, A. (2009/04). An Assessment of the Phenomenon of “Teaching Out‑of‑Field” in WA Schools: Final Report. Perth: Murdoch University, Centre for Learning, Change and Development. Available at http://membership.wacot.wa.edu.au/Assessment_of_Teaching_Out_of_Field_Final_Report_for_publication.pdf
  8. McConney, A. & Maor, D. (2009/03). The Evaluation of a Pilot Mentoring Program for Beginner Science and Mathematics Teachers Summative Project Evaluation Report. Perth,WA: University of Western Australia and the WA Department of Industry and Resources (DOIR). ED505169 http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED505169.pdf
  9. McConney, A. (2008/08). Enhancing the Student Educational Experience through School-based Curriculum Improvement Leaders: Summative Evaluation Report 2008. Perth, Western Australia: Teaching and Learning Centre, Murdoch University & Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
  10. McConney, A. & Woods McConney, A. (2005/05). Academy for Technology Excellence: Internal Program Evaluation Report 2005. Ft. Myers, FL: The School District of Lee County, Florida, Department of Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Planning, and The Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, Florida Gulf Coast University.
  11. McConney, A. (2003/05). Goals 2000: Performance Assessment Tasks (PAT) Staff Development Project, External Project Evaluation Report 2003.Ft. Myers, FL: The School District of Lee County, Florida, StaffDevelopmentCenter.
  12. McConney, A. (2002/12). An Inquiry-based Approach for Non majors Introductory Biology: External Project Evaluation Report 2002.Macomb,IL: Western Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation Grant No. DUE-9952389.
  13. McConney, A., Ayres, R., Hansen, J. B., & Cuthbertson, L. (2001/12). Findings on Human Resources in, Westat (2001) Report on the Final Evaluation of the City State Partnership (pp. 167 225). Rockville, MD: Westat.
  14. McConney, A., Ayres, R., Cuthbertson, L., & Todd-Goodson, D. (2001/08). Oregon Structure of Intellect™ (SOI®) Model Schools Pilot Program: Year 4 Third Party Evaluation Report. (ERIC Identifier: ED466474). Monmouth, OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Division, Evaluation and Research Group.
  15. McConney, A. & Ayres, R. (2001/07). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the 21st Century Community Schoolhouse. Monmouth, OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Division, Evaluation and Research Group.
  16. McConney, A., Ayres, R., Cuthbertson, L., & Todd-Goodson, D. (2000/08). Oregon Structure of Intellect™ (SOI®) Model Schools Pilot Program: Year 3 Third Party Evaluation Report (ERIC Identifier: ED446123). Monmouth, OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Division, Evaluation and Research Group.
  17. McConney, A., Schalock, M., Ayres, R., & Woods McConney, A.(2000/06). Oregon Forestry Education Program, Project Learning Tree Workshops: Program Evaluation 2000. Monmouth, OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Division, Evaluation and Research Group.
  18. Rudd, A., Ayres, R., & McConney, A. (2000/06). Talk About Trees, Oregon: Program Evaluation 2000.Monmouth,OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Division, Evaluation and Research Group.
  19. Hansen, J., McConney, A., & Schalock, M. (2000/03). Review of the SUN Evaluation Plan. Monmouth,OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Division, Evaluation and Research Group.

Chapters in Edited Books/Monographs

  1. Perry, L. B., & McConney, A. (forthcoming). Mapping educational inequalities by school socioeconomic composition in Australia. In J. G. Ladwig & J. Albright (Eds.) On the within school stratification of social inequities of learning and achievement. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  2. McConney, A. (2001). Review of the Dimensions of Excellence Scales [1991 Edition], pp. 416‑418. In, B. S. Plake & J. C. Impara (Eds.), The Fourteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook. The University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NB: The Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.
  3. McConney, A., Schalock, M. D., & Schalock, H. D. (1997). Indicators of student learning in teacher evaluation. In, James H. Stronge (Ed.), Evaluating Teaching: A Guide to Current Thinking and Best Practice, pp. 162 192. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  4. Woods McConney, A., McConney, A., & Horton, P. B. (1997). Gender differences in the environmental decision making of secondary school students. In, Patricia J. Thompson (Ed.), Environmental Issues for the 21st Century: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  5. McConney, A. (Ed.) [CD-ROM]. (1996). CREATE’s Teacher Evaluation Kit and Database of CREATE Products. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University Evaluation Center, Center for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation.
  6. McConney, A. (Ed.) [Monograph]. (1994). Toward a unified model: The foundations of educational personnel evaluation. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University Evaluation Center, Center for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation.

Recent Conference Papers/Posters

(please note that papers or posters that have been peer-reviewed, but not necessarily published in a conference proceedings, are indicated by **)

  1. **McConney, A., Oliver, M., Woods-McConney, A., Maor, D. Does More Inquiry Mean Better Literacy and Engagement in Science? An Analysis of Australia, Canada and New Zealand using PISA. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2016), Dublin, Ireland, 23 – 26 August, 2016.
  2. **Woods-McConney, A., Oliver, M., McConney, A., & Maor, D. (2015). Developing engagement and literacy in science: What do the girls say? Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference, 30 June – 3 July, UWA, Perth, Australia.
  3. **Oliver, M., Woods-McConney, A., Maor, D., Schibeci, R. & McConney, A. (2014, September). Where Are All The Girls? Towards Understanding Girls’ Engagement in Science. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2014), Porto, Portugal, 2-5 September, 2014.
  4. **McConney, A. & Perry, L. (2012, September). Equity and Australia’s Education System: Findings from the Secondary Analysis of Three Rounds of PISA. Paper accepted for presentation at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2012), Cádiz, Spain 18‑21 September, 2012.
  5.  **Perry, L. and McConney, A. (2012, April). Achievement gaps by student and school socio-economic status: a comparison of Australia and Canada, in Education Equity in Australia: Opportunities, Outcomes, and Mechanisms, Australian Association for Research in Education, Invited Session at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, April 13-17, Vancouver, Canada.
  6.  **Kissane, B. & McConney, A. (2012). Maths by Email: An Australian Initiative to Improve Students’ Engagement in Mathematics. Paper presented at the Twenty-Fourth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, March 22–25, 2012, Orlando, Florida.
  7. **Perry, L. and McConney, A. (2011). Student achievement, socioeconomic status and educational equity in Australia and Canada. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society, December 1-3, Sydney.
  8. **Perry, L. and McConney, A. (2011). Achievement gaps by student and school socio-economic status: a comparison of Australia and Canada. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, November 27-December 1, Hobart.
  9. **Oliver, M., Woods McConney, A., Maor, D., Schibeci, R., & McConney, A. (2011, Sept). Science Engagement and Literacy Down Under: Indigenous Students in Australia and New Zealand. Poster presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) 2011 Biannual Conference, September 5-9, 2011, Lyon, Centre de Congrès, France.
  10. **Woods McConney, A., Oliver, M., Maor, D., Schibeci, R., & McConney, A. (2011, Sept). Science Engagement in Australia and New Zealand: A comparative, secondary analysis. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) 2011 Biannual Conference, September 5-9, 2011, Lyon, Centre de Congrès, France.
  11. **Kissane, B. & McConney, A. (2011, July). Maths by Email: The First Year. Paper presented at the combined conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), July 3-7, 2011, Alice Springs, NT.
  12. **Perry, L. & McConney, A. (2010, November). Cross-national comparisons of the relationship between school SES and student outcomes. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society, November 24-27, Melbourne.
  13. **Perry, L. & McConney, A. (2010, November). The relationship between school SES and student outcomes: How does Australia compare? Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, Nov 27-Dec  2, Melbourne.
  14.  **Beltman, S., Wosnitza, M., McConney, A., Mansfield, C.F., Price, A. & Pelliccione, L. (2010, September). Teachers’ motivation and self-efficacy at the beginning of their career. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Motivation, Porto, Portugal.
  15. Beltman, S., Mansfield, C.F., Price, A., McConney, A., Wosnitza, M. & Pelliccione, L. (2010, August). Teacher resilience: A systematic review of recent literature. Paper presented at the 25th West Australian Institute of Educational Research Forum, Perth.
  16. **Beltman, S., Mansfield, C.F., Price, A., McConney, A., Wosnitza, M. & Pelliccione, L. (2010, July). Teacher resilience: A review of current literature. Paper presented at the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne.
  17. **Price, A., Mansfield, C.F., McConney, A., Beltman, S., Wosnitza, M. & Pelliccione, L. (2010, June). Toughen up princess. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Conference, Istanbul.
  18. **Perry, L. & McConney, A. (2010, June). Does the SES of the school matter? Using PISA to examine the relationship between socioeconomic status and student achievement. Paper presented at the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, June 14-18, Istanbul.
  19. **Price, A. & McConney, A. (2009, December). Teaching out‑of‑field: An empirical look at the phenomenon in WA. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Education Research Conference, 29 Nov—3 Dec, Canberra.
  20. **Maor, D. & McConney, A. (2009, August). Mentoring for Novice Science and Mathematics Teachers to Improve Retention in Schools. Paper presented at the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) International Conference, Amsterdam.
  21. **McConney, A. & Perry, L. (2008, November). School Composition, Educational Attainment and Australia’s Policy for K 12 Education Funding: Findings from a Second Look at PISA 2003. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) Conference 2008, Singapore National Institute of Education.
  22. **Cummings, R. & McConney, A. (2008, September). Evaluating Sustainability in Public Programs. Roundtable paper presented at the Australasian Evaluation Society International Conference, Perth, Western Australia, 8-12 September, 2008.
  23. **McConney, A. & Perry, L. (2008, September). Secondary analysis of large-scale international datasets in the service of national education policy evaluation: The case of PISA Australia. Paper presented at the Australasian Evaluation Society International Conference, Perth, Western Australia, 8-12 September, 2008.
  24. **McConney, A. & Isaacs, M. (2006, November). A Mixed Method Evaluation of Project MERIT (Magnet Education Resources for Information Technology): Considerations and Consequences. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Portland, Oregon.