Honorary Senior Fellow
Daniel Edwards is a Principal Research Fellow, leading the Tertiary Education research program at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Dr Edwards is responsible for coordinating ACER’s higher education, and vocational education and training research. He leads a team of researchers with a wide range of expertise in policy research, assessments and surveys.
Dr Edwards’ research encompasses a range of educational issues, with particular emphasis on higher education. He has a keen interest in all aspects of education policy and has explored issues relating to graduate and alumni outcomes, supply of and demand for higher education, student achievement, student aspirations and pathways, selection policies for entrance to university, assessment development and educational ‘choice’ theories. He also has experience researching wider social issues regarding social stratification and demographic change. Dr Edwards’ PhD thesis, completed in 2007, explored the increasing competition in the school education market in Victoria and the influence of this competition on pathways to university.
Dr Edwards is currently the Facility Manager for the DFAT Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, a research facility designed to collect, analyse and disseminate insight into the outcomes of Alumni from the Australia Awards and similar Australian Government scholarships. He has also lead numerous large projects in higher education designed to enhance policy development such as National Project Management of AHELO in Australia, the National Research Student Survey, the Japanese University Experience Survey, the Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration, a stock-take of Work Integrated Learning in STEM, the development of the AHELO Contextual Dimension, research and advice to the Victorian Higher Education Expert Panel and analysis and modelling of supply and demand for researchers in Australia.
Refereed journal publications
Pearce, J., Edwards, D., Fraillon, J., Coates, H., Canny, B., Wilkinson, D. (2015) ‘The rationale for and use of assessment frameworks: improving assessment and reporting quality in medical education’ Perspectives on Medical Education Vol. 4, No. 3.
Edwards, D., Wilkinson, D., Canny, B., Pearce, J. & Coates, H. (2014) ‘Developing outcomes assessments for collaborative, cross-institutional benchmarking: Progress of the Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration’, Medical Teacher, Vol, 36, No. 2.
Edwards, D., Coates, H. & Freeman, T. (2013) ‘Using aptitude testing to diversify higher education intake – an Australian case study’ Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management Vol. 35 Iss. 2.
Edwards, D. (2013) ‘Growing Australian Higher Education: Achieving Targets and Rethinking Provision’, The ACPET Journal of Private Higher Education Vol. 2 Iss. 1
Wilkinson, D., Canny, B., Pearce, J., Coates, H. & Edwards, D. (2013) ‘Assessment of medical students’ learning outcomes in Australia: current practice, future possibilities’ Medical Journal of Australia Vol. 199 Iss. 9.
Edwards, D., Freeman, T. & Pearce, J. (2013) ‘Same admissions tools, different outcomes: a critical perspective on predictive validity in three undergraduate medical schools’ BMC Medical Education 13: 173.
Edwards, D., Coates, H. & Freeman, T. (2012) ‘A survey of international practice in university admissions testing’ Journal of Higher Education Management and Policy Vol. 21 Iss. 1. no 2, 87-104.
Jepsen, D., Varhegyi, M., & Edwards, D. (2012) ‘Academics’ attitudes towards PhD students’ teaching: preparing research higher degree students for an academic career’ Journal of Higher Education Policy and Managementi, vol. 3, no. 6.
Edwards, D. & Coates, H. (2011). ‘Monitoring the pathways and outcomes of people from disadvantaged backgrounds and graduate groups’ Higher Education Research & Development, vol 30, no 2, 151–163.
Coates, H. & Edwards, D. (2011). ‘The Graduate Pathways Survey: new insights on education and employment outcomes five years after bachelor degree completion’ Higher Education Quarterly, vol 65, no 1, 74-93.
Edwards, D. & Smith, T. F. (2010). ‘Supply issues for science academics in Australia: now and in the future’, Higher Education, vol 60, no 1, 19-32.
Edwards, D. (2010). The future of the research workforce – estimating demand for PhDs in Australia. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol 32, no 2, 199-210.
Edwards, D. (2009). ‘Keeping it local: geographic patterns of university attendance’, Australian Universities’ Review, vol 51, no 1, 61-70.
Birrell, B. & Edwards, D. (2009). ‘The Bradley Review and access to higher education in Australia’, Australian Universities’ Review, vol 51, no 1, 4-13.
Edwards, D. (2008). ‘Increasing competition for university and the challenge of access for government school students’, Australian Journal of Education, vol 52, no. 3, 287-300.
Edwards, D. (2008). ‘What happens when supply does not keep up with demand? The consequences of increasing competition for university places for disadvantaged students’, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol 30, no.1, 3-13.
Edwards, D. (2007). ‘The vocational fate of government secondary schools’, People and Place, vol 15, no. 2, 1-11.
Birrell, B., Edwards, D. & Dobson, I. R. (2007). ‘The widening gap between demand and supply for university graduates in Australia’, People and Place, vol 15, no. 2, 72-86.
Birrell, B., Edwards, D. & Dobson, I. R. (2005). ‘The myth of too many university students’, People and Place, vol. 13, no. 1, 63-70.
Lennon, M. C., Fukahori, S, & Edwards, D. (forthcoming) ‘Global assessments of disciplinary knowledge: What we learned from AHELO’, in Hazelkorn, E., Coates, H. & McCormick, A. C. (eds.) Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education, Edward Elgar.
Edwards, D. (2015) ‘University Admissions in Australia: Multiple Pathways to the Same Destination’ in Stead, V. (ed) International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy Vol. 1, Peter Lang: New York.
Edwards, D. & Pearce, J. (2014) ‘Outcomes assessment in practice: Reflections on two Australian implementations’ in Coates, H. (ed.) Higher Education Learning Outcomes Assessment: International Perspectives Vol. 6, Springer: Frankfurt.
Mahat, M., Coates, H., Edwards, D, Goedegebuure, L, van der Brugge, E., & van Vught, F. (2013) ‘Profiling Diversity of Australian Universities’ in Krempkow, R., Pohlenz, P., & Huber, N. (eds.) Diversity Management und Diversität in der Wissenschaft, Bielefeld.
Refereed conference papers
Edwards, D. (2015) ‘Exploring the student experience across different systems: understanding context and assisting benchmarking’, at EAIR 37th Annual Forum, August, Krems.
Bartle, E., Rolley, A., Pywell S. & Edwards, D. (2015) ‘Can factors that impact an undergraduate paramedic student’s performance be identified prior to admission?’ Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators, April, Newcastle.
Pearce, J. & Edwards, D. (2014) ‘Collaborative assessments of learning outcomes: generating positive institutional change’, ICED 2014 Conference, June, Stockholm.
Edwards, D. (2012) ‘Exploring enrolment, achievement and progression of IB graduates in Australian universities’, AARE-APERA Conference, December, Sydney.
Hadgraft, R., Pearce, J., Edwards, D., Fraillon, J. & Coates, H. (2012) ‘Assessing Higher Education Learning Outcomes in Civil Engineering: the OECD AHELO Feasibility Study’ Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, December, Melbourne.
Edwards. D. (2012) ‘Graduate Pathways: Insights from Australian graduates in the first five years after completion’ Learning to Earning: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, November, Toronto.
Edwards, D. (2008) ‘Enhancing international student engagement in Australian higher education – Evidence from the 2007 Australasian Survey of Student Engagement’, at Australian International Education Conference, Brisbane, 7-10 October.
Edwards, D. (2008) ‘Using National Data Sets to Monitor Course Experience and Engagement: An Example of International Students’, at Australian Universities Quality Forum, Canberra, 9-11 July.
Edwards, D. (2007) ‘The hidden trend in school enrolments’, at TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference, December, Auckland.
Edwards, D. (2007) ‘The impact of increasing competition for university on disadvantaged government school students’, at 8th European Sociological Association Conference, September, Glasgow.
Edwards, D. (2006) Rising competition for university in Melbourne and its impact on disadvantaged students’, at The Australian Sociological Association conference, December, Perth.
Edwards, D. (2006) ‘Competition, specialisation and stratification: academic outcomes of the government school system in Melbourne, Australia’, at XXII CESE Conference, Changing knowledge and education: communities, information societies and mobilities, July, Granada.
Edwards, D. (2006) ‘Growth, competition and stratification in Melbourne’s government schools’, at Economics of Education: Major contributions and future directions. June, Dijon.
Edwards, D. (2005) ‘Change, competition and specialisation: the demise of the comprehensive secondary school and its implications’, at The Australian Sociological Association conference, December, Hobart.
Competitive Research Grants
Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Project title: Understanding the completion patterns of equity students in regional education
Role: Co-Chief Investigator
Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Project title: Completing University in a Growing Sector, is Equity an Issue?
Role: Chief Investigator
Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching
Project title: Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration: from proof of concept to proof of sustainability (ID12-2482)
Role: Co-Chief Investigator
Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project title: Developing the foundations for a national assessment of medical student learning outcomes (SP10-1869)
Role: Project Manager/researcher
Funding body: Australian Research Council
Project title: The determinants of educational achievement in Australia (DP0344641)
Role: Research Fellow
Selected Research Reports (publicly available)
Edwards, D, & McMillan, J. (2015) Completing university in a growing sector: Is equity an issue? National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education and Australian Council for Educational Research. Available at: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1045&context=higher_education
Edwards, D., Perkins, K., Pearce, J. & Hong, J. (2015) Work Integrated Learning in STEM in Australian Universities, Office of Chief Scientist, Canberra. Available at: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1046&context=higher_education
Edwards, D. (2014) Implementing Common Assessment: Lessons and Models from AMAC, Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration. Available at: https://www.acer.edu.au/files/implementing-common-assessment-amac-resource.pdf
Edwards, D. & Radloff, A. (2013) Higher education enrolment growth, change and the role of Private HEPs, Australian Council for Private Education and Training. Available at: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1037&context=higher_education
Coates, H., Edwards, D., Goedegebuure, L., Thakur, M., van der Brugge, E. & van Vught, F. (2013) Profiling diversity of Australian universities, LH Martin Institute and the Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne. Available at: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1035&context=higher_education
Edwards, D., Bexley, E. & Richardson, S. (2011) Regenerating the academic workforce: the careers, intentions and motivations of higher degree research students in Australia: findings of the National Research Student Survey. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Canberra. Available at: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1024&context=higher_education
Coates, H., Dobson, I. R., Edwards, D., Friedman, T, Goedegebuure, L. & Meek, L. (2009) The attractiveness of the Australian academic profession, a comparative analysis, L H Martin Institute, Education Policy Institute and Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne. Available at: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=higher_education
Birrell, B., Healy, E., Edwards, D. & Dobson, I. R. (2008) Higher Education in Australia, demand and supply issues: a report for the Bradley Review of Australian Higher Education, Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University. Available at: http://vital.new.voced.edu.au/vital/access/services/Download/ngv:41319/SOURCE2