Chris Davison

Professor of Language and Literacy Education
Professor

Professor Chris Davison, a specialist in language education and school-based assessment, is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the School of Education, University of New South Wales (UNSW), and a former Head of the School for more than 10 years (2008-2019). She has worked in teacher education for over 35 years, including at the University of Hong Kong (1999-2008) where she was Associate Dean (Research), the University of Melbourne (1988-1999), and La Trobe University (1985-89). Before that, Chris had extensive experience as an English and ESL teacher and consultant in primary and secondary schools, English language centres and the adult and community education sector in Australia and overseas.
Chris has researched and published extensively on the interface between English as a mother tongue and ESL development, integrating language and content curriculum, and English language assessment, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including in leading international journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Language Assessment Quarterly, Language Testing and Linguistics and Education. Her books include a two volume handbook of teaching English internationally (Springer, with Jim Cummins) and a co-authored book on English language teaching innovation in China (HKU Press, with Xinmin Zheng). She is founding co-editor (with Andy Gao) of the Springer book series on English Language Education.
With colleagues at the University of Hong Kong, Chris completed the research and development of a range of oral school-based assessment initiatives for the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, and also worked over a number of years with the Ministries of Education in Singapore and in Brunei on integrating assessment for learning into their new curricula. She has recently completed a multimillion dollar project researching and developing an online assessment resource centre for assessing and teaching EAL learners in Victorian schools, funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET), Catholic Education and Independent Schools Victoria. She has conducted many in-service programs and consultancies with educational systems in the Asian region, including Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and China.
Chris has been actively involved in an extensive range professional associations and community organizations throughout her career, including undertaking stints as President of the Australian Council of TESOL Association, Chair of the Australian Literacy Federation, Chair of the TESOL International Research Committee and most recently, Chair of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards Initial Teacher Education Committee and President of the NSW Council of Deans of Education. She was most recently a member of the Executive of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, and is a former Editor in Chief of their journal, the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics.
Chris is recipient of a number of awards, most recently for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education and to TESOL, awarded by the Australian Council of Deans of Education in 2016, the Ralph Rawlinson Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Education of Students with Disadvantage at the International Level in 2017, and the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Research Leadership Award and the UNSW Postgraduate Council Outstanding Supervisor Award in 2018. 

Publications

Books
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Mohan B; Leung C; Davison C, 2014, English as a Second Language in the Mainstream Teaching, Learning and Identity, Routledge
2014
Zheng X; Davison C, 2008, Changing Pedagogy Analysing ELT Teachers in China, Original, Continuum International Publishg Group, New York
2008
Davison C; Williams A, 2002, Learning from each other: Critical connections. Studies of child English language and literacy development K-12, Language Australia, Melbourne
2002
Book Chapters
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Chan C; Davison C, 2020, 'Learning from each other: School-university collaborative action research as praxis.', in Poehner M; Inbar-Lourie O (ed.), Toward a reconceptualization of L2 classroom assessment: praxis and researcher-teacher partnership, Springer, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35081-9
2020
Michell M; Davison C, 2020, 'Bringing the teacher back in: Toward L2 assessment praxis in English as an additional language education', in Poehner M; Inbar-Lourie O (ed.), Toward a reconceptualization of L2 classroom assessment: Praxis and researcher-teacher partnership., Springer, New Yok, pp. 23 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35081-9
2020
Davison C, 2019, 'Using assessment to enhance learning in English language education', in Second Handbook of English Language Teaching, pp. 433 - 454
2019
Davison C, 2018, 'Using assessment to promote learning: Clarifying constructs, theories and practices.', in Davies J; Norris J (ed.), Useful assessment and evaluation in language education., edn. Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguisti, Georgetown University Press, Washington DC, pp. 75 - 92
2018
Davison C; Ollerhead S, 2018, 'But i'm not an English teacher!: Disciplinary literacy in Australian science classrooms', in Global Developments in Literacy Research for Science Education, pp. 29 - 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69197-8_3
2018
Davison C; Ollerhead S, 2018, 'But I’m not an English teacher! Disciplinary literacy in Australian science classrooms.', in Tang K-S; Danielsson K (ed.), Global developments in literacy research for science education, edn. 1, Springer International Publishing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69197-8
2018
Davison CM, 2015, 'Collaboration between English language and content teachers: Breaking the boundaries', in Tajino A; Stewart T; Dalsky D (ed.), Team Teaching and Team Learning: Collaboration for Innovation in Language Classrooms, Routledge, New York, pp. 51 - 66, http://www.readings.com.au/products/20273557/team-teaching-and-team-learning-in-the-language-classroom-collaboration-for-innovation-in-elt
2015
Davison C, 2014, 'ESL in Australian schools: From the margins to the mainstream', in Mohan B; Leung C; Davison C (ed.), English as a second language in the mainstream: Teaching, learning and identity, pp. 11 - 29
2014
Davison C; Williams A, 2014, 'Integrating language and content: Unresolved issues', in English as a Second Language in the Mainstream: Teaching, Learning and Identity, pp. 51 - 70
2014
Davison C, 2014, 'Current policies, programs and practices in school ESL', in Mohan B; Leung C; Davison C (ed.), English as a second language in the mainstream: Teaching, learning and identity, Routledge, London, pp. 30 - 50
2014
Davison C, 2014, 'Identity and ideology: The problem of defining and defending ESL-ness.', in Mohan B; Leung C; Davison C (ed.), English as a second language in the mainstream: Teaching, learning and identity, Routledge, London, pp. 71 - 90
2014
Davison C, 2013, 'Innovation in assessment: common misconceptions and problems', in Hyland K; Wong LL C (ed.), Innovation and change in English language education, edn. 1, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 263 - 275
2013
Davison C; Hamp-lyons L, 2010, 'The Hong Kong Certificate of Education: School-based assessment reform in Hong Kong English language education', in Cheng L; Curtis A (ed.), English Language Assessment and the Chinese Learner, edn. Original, Routledge, New York, pp. 248 - 264
2010
Davison C; Adamson B, 2008, 'English language teaching in Hong Kong primary schools: Innovation and resistance', in Murray D (ed.), Planning change; changing plans., edn. Original, The University of Michigan Press, Mahwah, New Jersey, pp. 11 - 25
2008
Davison C; Adamson B, 2008, 'English language teaching in Hong Kong primary schools: Innovation and resistance', in Murray DE (ed.), Planning Change, Changing Plans: Innovations in Second Language Teaching, edn. Original, The University of Michigan Press, USA, pp. 11 - 25
2008
Cummins J; Davison C, 2007, 'Research and teacher education in ELT: Meeting new challenges', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching, Norwell, MA, Springer
2007
Davison C, 2007, 'Different definitions of language and language learning : Implications for assessment', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching, Vol. 1, edn. Original, Springer, Norwell, MA, pp. 533 - 548
2007
Cummins J; Davison C, 2007, 'The learner and the learning environment: Creating new communities.', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching, Springer, Norwell, MA
2007
Cummins J; Davison C, 2007, 'The global scope and politics of ELT: Critiquing current policies and programs', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching
2007
Davison C; Cummins J, 2007, 'Assessment and evaluation in ELT: Shifting paradigms and practices', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching, Vol. 1, Springer, Norwell
2007
Davison C; Cummins J, 2007, 'The goals and focus of the ELT program: Problematizing content and pedagogy', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching, Springer, Norwell, MA
2007
Davison C; Cummins J, 2007, 'The goals and focus of the ELT program: Problematizing content and pedagogy', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching, Springer, Norwell, MA
2007
Davison C; Cummins J, 2007, 'Constructs of language in ELT: Breaking the boundaries', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English language teaching
2007
Hurst D; Davison C, 2005, 'Collaboration on the curriculum: Focus on secondary ESL', in Crandall J; Kauffman D (ed.), Case Studies in TESOL: Teacher education for ESL and content area teachers, edn. Original, TESOL, Alexandria, pp. 41 - 66
2005
Davison C, 2005, 'Information technology and innovation in language education', in Davison C (ed.), Information Technology And Innovation In Language Education, edn. Original, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 3 - 20
2005
Davison C, 2005, 'The standards solution? The role of standards in developing IT professional competencies and communities of practice in English language teaching', in Davison C (ed.), Information Technology And Innovation In Language Education, edn. Original, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 255 - 284
2005
Arkoudis S; Davison C, 2002, 'Breaking out of the billabong: Mainstreaming ESL in Australia', in Cochran E (ed.), Case Studies in TESOL: Mainstreaming, TESOL, Alexandria, VI, pp. 53 - 67
2002
Davison C, 2001, 'Benchmarking: Why it doesn't work with ESL students', in Davison C; Williams A (ed.), Learning from each other: Literacy, labels and limitations. Studies of child English language and literacy development K-12, Vol 2, Language Australia, Melbourne, pp. 170 - 186
2001
Hung J; Berry V; Crew V; Davison C, 2000, 'Written argument and ESL students: How do we define development?', in Discourses and development in language education, Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, pp. 65 - 86
2000
Davison C, 1996, 'Trends in ESL curriculum planning and assessment in Australia', in School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ed.), Teaching and learning English as an additional language: New perspectives, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, England, London, pp. 4 - 10
1996
Davison C, 1994, 'Integrating ESL into the primary school', in Blackledge A (ed.), Multicultural teaching in the primary school, Trentham Press, London, pp. 83 - 100
1994
Davison C, 1989, 'A topic-based approach to course design', in Corbel C (ed.), Options in teaching English to adult speakers of other languages, Deakin University Press, Geelong, pp. 56 - 59
1989
Davison C, 1988, 'Process writing and ESL in a post-primary context', in Wales M (ed.), English as a second language in schools, Deakin University Press., Geelong, pp. 164 - 166
1988
Edited Books
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Cummins J; Davison C, (ed.), 2007, International Handbook of English language teaching, Vol. 1, Springer, Norwell, MA
2007
Cummins J; Davison C, (ed.), 2007, International Handbook of English language teaching, Vol. 2, Springer, Norwell, MA
2007
Davison C, (ed.), 2005, Information technology and innovation in language education, University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong
2005
Davison C; Williams A, (ed.), 2001, Learning from each other: Literacy, labels and limitations. Studies of child English language and literacy development K-12, Language Australia, Melbourne
2001
Journal articles
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Gleeson M; Davison C, 2019, 'Teaching in linguistically and culturally diverse secondary schools', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 42, pp. 301 - 321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/aral.17093.gle
2019
Davison C, 2019, 'Teacher assessment literacy: how do we know what we need to improve?', English Language Learning, vol. 9, pp. 45 - 50, http://kns.cnki.net/kcms/detail/detail.aspx?dbcode=CJFD&filename=YYXI201909010&dbname=CJFDTEMN
2019
Alonzo D; Mirriahi N; Davison C, 2019, 'The standards for academics’ standards-based assessment practices', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 44, pp. 636 - 652, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2018.1521373
2019
Gan ZD; Oon PT; Davison C, 2017, 'ESL students’ oral performance in English language school-based assessment: Results of an empirical study', Language Testing in Asia, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40468-017-0051-2
2017
Davison C; Gleeson M, 2016, 'A Conflict between Experience and Professional Learning: Subject Teachers’ Beliefs about Teaching English Language Learners', RELC Journal: a journal of language teaching and research in Southeast Asia, vol. 47, pp. 43 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0033688216631221
2016
Gleeson M; Davison C, 2015, 'A Conflict between Experience and Professional Learning: Subject Teachers' Beliefs about Teaching English Language Learners', RELC Journal, vol. 47, pp. 43 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0033688216631221
2015
Davison C; Michell M, 2014, 'EAL assessment: What do Australian teachers want?', TESOL in Context, vol. 24, pp. 51 - 72, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=949508765515560;res=IELAPA
2014
Gan Z; Davison C, 2011, 'Gestural behavior in group oral assessment: A case study of higher- and lower-scoring students', International Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 21, pp. 94 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1473-4192.2010.00264.x
2011
Davison C; Hamp-Lyons L; Gan Z, 2009, 'Topic Negotiation in Peer Group Oral Assessment Situations: A Conversation Analytic Approach', Applied Linguistics, vol. 30, pp. 315 - 334, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/applin/amn035
2009
Davison C; Leung C, 2009, 'Current Issues in English Language Teacher-Based Assessment', TESOL Quarterly, vol. 43, pp. 393 - 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1545-7249.2009.tb00242.x
2009
Davison C; Arkoudis S, 2008, 'Chinese Students Perspectives on their social, cognitive, and linguistic investment in English medium interaction', Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, vol. 1, pp. 3 - 8
2008
Davison C; Trent J, 2007, 'Contradictory discourses: Learning and teaching in and through English in an English-medium university in Asia', Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen (FLuL) on Fremdsprache als Arbeitssprache in Schule und Universitat [Using a foreign language as a working language in secondary and tertiary education], vol. 36
2007
Davison C, 2007, 'Views from the chalkface: School-based assessment in Hong Kong', Language Assessment Quarterly: an international journal, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 32
2007
Davison C; Lai WYW, 2007, 'Competing identities, common issues: Teaching (in) Putonghua', Language Policy, vol. 6, pp. 119 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10993-006-9038-z
2007
Davison C, 2006, 'Collaboration between ESL and content teachers: A developmental continuum', International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, vol. 9, pp. 454 - 475
2006
Davison C, 2005, 'Learning your lines: Negotiating language and content in subject English', Linguistics and Education, vol. 16, pp. 219 - 237
2005
Davison C; Zheng X-M, 2004, 'Teaching English as a foreign or second language', The English Teacher: An International Journal, vol. 7, pp. 104 - 106
2004
Davison C, 2004, 'The contradictory culture of classroom-based assessment: Teacher assessment practices in senior secondary English', Language Testing, vol. 21, pp. 305 - 334, http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0265532204lt286oa
2004
Adamson B; Davison C, 2003, 'Innovation in English language teaching in Hong Kong primary schools: One step forwards, two steps sideways?', Prospect, vol. 18, pp. 27 - 41
2003
Davison C; McKay P, 2002, 'Counting and discounting learner group variation: English language and literacy standards in Australia', Journal of Asian-Pacific Communication., vol. 12, pp. 77 - 94
2002
Davison C, 2002, 'Approaching English language research', Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 7, pp. 78 - 80
2002
Davison C, 1999, 'Missing the mark: The problem with benchmarking ESL in Australian schools', Prospect -Adelaide-, vol. 14, pp. 56 - 76
1999
Davison C, 1996, 'The multiple meanings of "literacy" in the TESOL and adult literacy professions: Problems of perspective?', Prospect -Adelaide-, vol. 11, pp. 47 - 57
1996
Davison C, 1993, 'The pedagogical relations between adult literacy and adult ESL', ARIS Bulletin
1993
Davison C, 1993, 'National statement on english for australian schools / English profiles and english as a second language (ESL): The tension between commonality and diversity', Curriculum Perspectives, vol. 13, pp. 62 - 64
1993
Davison C, 1992, 'Eight fatal flaws in team and support teaching', TESOL in Context, vol. 2, pp. 39 - 41
1992
Davison C, 1992, 'Integrating ESL into the mainstream: Australian perspectives', Multicultural Teaching, vol. 11, pp. 45 - 40
1992
Davison C, 1991, 'When nature needs some help! The natural learning approach and the teaching of ESL in the primary school', TESOL in Context, vol. 1, pp. 15 - 18
1991
Davison C, 1991, 'Teaching literature to ESL students', TESOL in Context, vol. 1, pp. 73 - 78
1991
Davison C, 1987, 'Second-phase learners - Myth or reality?', Idiom, pp. 21 - 23
1987
Davison C, 1986, 'Communication without language: A formula for failure', Babel, vol. 21
1986
Davison C, 1985, 'Communication without language: A formula for failure', Polycom, pp. 23 - 27
1985
Davison C, 1985, 'A whole new approach - Process writing in the post-primary ESL program', Polycom, vol. 39, pp. 12 - 17
1985
Reports
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Davison C; Hamp-Lyons L, 2009, Report on the continuation study of the implementation of the SBA component of the HKCE English Language Examination 2007, Hong kong Exmainations and Assessment Authority, Hong Kong
2009
Hamp-Lyons L; Davison C, 2007, Report on the longitudinal study of the implementation of the SBA component of the HKCE English Language Examination 2007, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, Hong Kong
2007
Davison C; Plimer D, 1998, The potential linkages between ESL, literacy and numeracy, and communication studies., Canberra Institute of TAFE, Canberra
1998
Davison C; Taylor L; Hatcher L, 1993, Pedagogy and politics: Towards ethnic-inclusive practices in the Adult Literacy and Basic Education Profession (ALBE) profession, Federal Department of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra (Reprinted by Clearing House in Australia for National Project Materials on Language, Literacy and Asian Studies Projects 1989-1993, Adelaide 1994; extracts reprinted in the Adult Literacy Basic Education Professional Staff Development Modules, TAFE National Staff Development Committee, 1995)
1993
Davison C, 1988, 'But this isn't science, Miss' - Report of the PEP Language Across the Curriculum Project, Ministry of Education, Victoria, Melbourne
1988