Staff profile

Professor Noel Gough

Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Faculty of Education
Outdoor and Environmental Education

EDU2 326, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

PhD (Deakin), BSc, BA, Dip. Ed., MEd (Melb)

Membership of professional associations

AERA, AAEE, AARE, ACE, ACSA, International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Society of Professors of Curriculum (USA), Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (USA)

Area of study

Educational Studies
Environmental education
Outdoor education

Brief profile

Noel Gough was appointed as Foundation Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education in 2006, and has since served as the first Director of the Centre for Excellence in Outdoor and Environmental Education (2007-8), and as the Faculty of Education's Associate Dean Academic (2009-10), Director, Curriculum Development and Innovation (2010-11) and Acting Associate Dean Research (July-December 2012). Previously he held senior academic appointments at the University of Canberra and Deakin University, and has also held visiting fellowships at universities in Canada, South Africa, and the UK. His teaching, scholarship and publications focus on educational philosophy and theory, research methodology, and curriculum inquiry, with particular reference to environmental education, science education, internationalisation and globalisation. In 1995 he was elected to membership of Professors of Curriculum, an honorary society of 100 leading professors of curriculum in the United States (who in turn elect up to 25 non-US curriculum professors) and in 1997 he received the inaugural Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Education Research. He is the author or editor of five books and has published more than 100 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He is the founding editor of Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, the journal of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, and a member of the Editorial Boards of 12 international research journals. He is Professional Advisor of Green Power, Hong Kong and is a past President (2008) of the Australian Association for Research in Education.

Teaching units

  • Research Methodology
  • Environmental Education
  • Curriculum Studies

Recent publications

Edited books

Atweh, Bill, Borba, Marcelo, Calabrese Barton, Angela, Gough, Noel, Keitel, Christine, Vistro-Yu, Catherine and Vithal, Renuka (eds) (2007) Internationalisation and Globalisation in Mathematics and Science Education. Dordrecht: Springer.

Doll, William E. and Gough, Noel (eds) (2002) Curriculum Visions. New York: Peter Lang. Translated into simplified Chinese and published by China Educational Science Publishing House, Beijing, 2004; translated into traditional Chinese and published by Higher Education Publishing, Taipei, 2006.

Selected book chapters

Gough, Noel, & Sellers, Warren. (in press). Changing planes: lines of flight in transnational curriculum inquiry. In William M. Reynolds & Julie A Webber (Eds.), Expanding Curriculum Theory: Dis/positions and Lines of Flight (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Gough, Noel. (2014). Globalization and curriculum inquiry: performing transnational imaginaries. In Nelly P. Stromquist & Karen Monkman (Eds.), Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation across Cultures (2nd ed.).(pp. 99-112) Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Gough, Noel. (2013). Thinking globally in environmental education: a critical history. In Robert Stevenson, Michael Brody, Justin Dillon  & Arjen Wals (Eds.), International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education. (pp. 33-44) Washington DC: American Educational Research Association/Routledge.

Gough, Noel. (2011). Escaping the program: a foreword. In David R. Cole, Educational Life-forms: Deleuzian Teaching and Learning Practice (pp. vi-xii). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Gough, Noel. (2010). Performing imaginative inquiry: narrative experiments and rhizosemiotic play. In Thomas William Nielsen, Rob Fitzgerald & Mark Fettes (Eds.), Imagination in Educational Theory and Practice: A Many-sided Vision (pp. 42-60). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Gough, Noel. (2010). Lost children and anxious adults: responding to complexity in Australian education and society. In Deborah Osberg & Gert Biesta (Eds.), Complexity Theory and the Politics of Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing, 39-56.

Gough, Noel. (2010). The truth is (not) out there: becoming ‘undetective’ in social and educational inquiry. In Melanie Walker & Pat Thomson (Eds.), The Routledge Doctoral Supervisor’s Companion: Supporting Effective Research in Education and the Social Sciences (pp. 231-246). London: Routledge.

Gough, Noel. (2010). Structuralism. In Craig Kridel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (Vol. 2, pp. 817-821). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Gough, Noel, & Gough, Annette. (2010). Environmental education. In Craig Kridel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (Vol. 1, pp. 339-343). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Gough, Noel. (2009). How do places become ‘pedagogical’? In Margaret Somerville, Kerith Power & Phoenix de Carteret (Eds.), Landscapes and Learning: Place Studies in a Global World. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing, 155-173.

Gough, Noel. (2009). Becoming transnational: rhizosemiosis, complicated conversation, and curriculum inquiry. In Marcia McKenzie, Heesoon Bai, Paul Hart & Bob Jickling (Eds.), Fields of Green: Re-storying Culture, Environment, and Education. Creskil NJ: Hampton Press, 67-83.

Sellers, Warren, and Gough, Noel (2008) Currere and cloud-sculpting. In Knowles, J. Gary, Promislow, Sara, and Cole, Ardra L. (eds.) Creating Scholartistry: Imagining the Arts-informed Thesis or Dissertation. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Backalong Books and Toronto, Ontario: Centre for Arts-informed Research, 223-233.

Gough, Noel. (2008). Becoming-cyborg: a rhizomANTic assemblage. In Inna Semetsky (Ed.) Nomadic Education: Variations on a Theme by Deleuze. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing. 77-90.

Gough, Noel. (2008). Deconstruction. In Lisa M. Given (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (Vol. 1, pp. 203-207). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Gough, Noel. (2007). Internationalisation, globalisation, and quality audits: an empire of the mind? In Bridget Somekh  & Thomas A. Schwandt (Eds.), Knowledge Production: Research Work in Interesting Times. London: Routledge, 92-108.

Gough, Noel. (2007). All around the world: science education, constructivism, and globalisation. In Bill Atweh, et. al. (Eds.), Internationalisation and Globalisation in Mathematics and Science Education. Dordrecht: Springer, 39-55.

Gough, Noel. (2007). Geophilosophy, rhizomes and mosquitoes: becoming nomadic in global science education research. In Bill Atweh, et. al. (Eds.), Internationalisation and Globalisation in Mathematics and Science Education (pp. 57-77). Dordrecht: Springer.

Gough, Noel (2005) School based curriculum development: w[h]ither curriculum theory? In Colin Marsh (Ed.), Curriculum Controversies: Point and Counterpoint 1980-2005 (Canberra: Australian Curriculum Studies Association), 279-286.

Cheek, Julianne and Gough, Noel (2005) Postmodernist perspectives. In Somekh, Bridget and Lewin, Cathy (eds), Research Methods in the Social Sciences (London: Sage Publications), 302-309.

Selected journal articles

Gough, Noel. (2013). Towards deconstructive nonalignment: a complexivist view of curriculum, teaching and learning. South African Journal of Higher Education. 27(5), 1213–1233

Gough, Noel. (2012). W(h)ither gatekeeping? Academic publishing and peer review in complex networked systems. ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies, 31(1), 35-41.

Gough, Noel. (2012). Generating curriculum visions for global citizenship: collective stories and creative imagination. Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa, 19(2), 162-189.

Gough, Noel. (2012). Complexity, complexity reduction, and ‘methodological borrowing’ in educational inquiry. Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 9(1), 41-56.

Gough, Noel. (2011). From the Bronx to Bengifunda (and other lines of flight): deterritorializing purposes and methods in science education research. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 6(1), 113-125.

Gough, Noel, et. al. (2011). Contos de Camp Wilde: tornando queer a pesquisa em educação ambiental. Revista Estudos Feministas, 19(1), 239-265.

Gough, Noel. (2011). 想象性教育探究:叙事实验与生成性游戏 [Performing imaginative inquiry: narrative experiments and rhizosemiotic play]. 全球教育展望 [Global Education], 40(4), 3-13.

Gough, Noel. (2010). Can we escape the program? Inventing possible~impossible futures in/for Australian educational research. Australian Educational Researcher, 37(4), 9-32.

Gough, Noel. (2010). 复杂性,复杂性还原及教育探究中的方法论借用 [Complexity, complexity reduction, and ‘methodological borrowing’ in educational inquiry]. 全球教育展望 [Global Education], 39(12), 3-14.

Sellers, Warren, & Gough, Noel. (2010). Sharing outsider thinking: thinking (differently) with Deleuze in educational philosophy and curriculum inquiry. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23(5), 589-614.

Gough, Noel. (2009). No country for young people? Anxieties in Australian society and educationAustralian Educational Researcher, 36(2), 1-19.

Gough, Noel. (2009). A Slacker Darkly? No interpretation without intertextualization. Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 6(2), 76-88.

Gough, Noel. (2008). Ecology, ecocriticism and learning: how do places become 'pedagogical'? Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, 5(1), 71-86. 

Gough, Noel. (2008). Narrative experiments and imaginative inquiry. South African Journal of Education, 28(3), 335-349.

Gough, Noel. (2007). Rhizosemiotic play and the generativity of fiction. Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 4(1), 119-124.

Gough, Noel. (2007). Changing planes: rhizosemiotic play in transnational curriculum inquiry. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 26(3), 279-294.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Lost children: anxieties in Australian education. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 3(2), 63-67.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Sustainable development in learning, leadership and the law: a review essay. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 22 (1), 115-121.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Quality imperialism in higher education: a global empire of the mind? ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies 25 (2), 1-15.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Shaking the tree, making a rhizome: towards a nomadic geophilosophy of science education. Educational Philosophy and Theory 38 (5): 625-645.

Gough, Noel (2005) Imagining societies and environments: speculative fictions in/for social education. The Social Educator 23 (3): 15-24.

Recent keynote addresses

Gough, Noel (2012) Deconstructive nonalignment: enacting complexivist and poststructuralist positions on curriculum inquiry. Invited keynote address to the Jiang Hengyi International Forum on Education, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, 6 March.

Gough, Noel (2011) A complexivist view of higher education: implications for curriculum design and research on teaching and learning. Invited keynote address to Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, African Scholarship and Curriculum Innovation in Higher Education, the 5th Annual University Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 26-28 September.

Gough, Noel (2010) Complexity, complexity reduction, and ‘methodological borrowing’ in educational inquiry. Invited keynote address to Complexity, Chinese Culture, and Curriculum Reform, the 6th International Complexity Science and Educational Research Conference, Institute of Curriculum and Instruction, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 5-7 November.

Gough, Noel (2010) Curriculum visions for global citizenship. Invited keynote address to the International Conference of Global Education and Curriculum Innovation, National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan, 26-27 June.

Gough, Noel (2008) No Country For Young People? Anxieties in Australian education. Presidential address to the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Queensland, 30 November-4 December.

Gough, Noel (2007) Australian outdoor education in a changing climate: challenges and opportunities. Invited opening address to Sustaining our Spirit of Place, the 15th National Outdoor Education Conference, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 20- 23 September.

Gough, Noel (2007) Learning and teaching in a global knowledge economy: digitalisation, globalisation, multiculturalism, politicisation. Invited Inaugural Annual Lecture of the David Robitaille Chair of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 8 May.

Gough, Noel (2007) Rethinking education for global citizenship. Invited public lecture, University of British Columbia Centre for Cross-Faculty Inquiry, Vancouver, Canada, 30 March.

Gough, Noel (2005) Curriculum studies in a global knowledge economy: current trends and alternative futures. Invited keynote address to the Fifth Annual Conference of the Iranian Curriculum Development Association, Tehran, 5 March

Details of other publications and papers are available via La Trobe University's Research Repository.

Older publications

Books

Gough, Noel. (1993). Laboratories in Fiction: Science Education and Popular Media. Geelong: Deakin University.

Gough, Noel. (1992). Blueprints for Greening Schools: Principles, Policies and Practices for Environmental Education in Australian Secondary Schools. Melbourne: Gould League of Victoria.

Book chapters

Gough, Noel. (2004). Narrative experiments: manifesting cyborgs in curriculum inquiry. In John A. Weaver, Karen Anijar & Toby Daspit (Eds.), Science Fiction Curriculum, Cyborg Teachers, and Youth Culture(s) (pp. 89-108). New York: Peter Lang.

Gough, Noel. (2003). Thinking globally in environmental education: implications for internationalizing curriculum inquiry. In William F. Pinar (Ed.), International Handbook of Curriculum Research (pp. 53-72). Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Gough, Noel, & Gough, Annette. (2003). A new public curriculum, or, reworking the languages of curriculum for new publics. In Alan Reid & Pat Thomson (Eds.), Rethinking Public Education: Towards a Public Curriculum (pp. 1-16). Flaxton: PostPressed.

Gough, Noel. (2001). Teaching in the (Crash) zone: manifesting cultural studies in science education. In John A. Weaver, Marla Morris & Peter Appelbaum (Eds.), (Post) Modern Science (Education): Propositions and Alternative Paths (pp. 249-273). New York: Peter Lang.

Gough, Noel. (2000). Globalization and curriculum inquiry: locating, representing, and performing a transnational imaginary. In Nelly P. Stromquist & Karen Monkman (Eds.), Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation across Cultures (pp. 77-98). Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Gough, Noel. (1999). Understanding curriculum systems. In James G. Henderson & Kathleen R. Kesson (Eds.), Understanding Democratic Curriculum Leadership (pp. 47-69). New York and London: Teachers College Press.

Gough, Noel. (1998). ‘If this were played upon a stage’: school laboratory work as a theatre of representation. In Jerry Wellington (Ed.), Practical Work in School Science: Which Way Now? (pp. 69-89). London: Routledge.

Gough, Noel. (1998). Playing with wor(l)ds: science fiction as environmental literature. In Patrick D. Murphy (Ed.), Literature of Nature: An International Sourcebook (pp. 409-414). Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn.

Gough, Noel (1998) Reflections and diffractions: functions of fiction in curriculum inquiry. In Pinar, William F. (ed.) Curriculum: Toward New Identities (New York: Garland): 94-127.

Gough, Noel. (1991). An accidental astronaut: learning with science fiction. In George Willis & William H. Schubert (Eds.), Reflections from the Heart of Educational Inquiry: Understanding Curriculum and Teaching through the Arts (pp. 312-320). Albany NY: State University of New York Press.

Selected journal articles

Gough, Noel. (2006). Lost children: anxieties in Australian education. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 3(2), 63-67.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Sustainable development in learning, leadership and the law. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 22 (1), 115-121.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Quality imperialism in higher education: a global empire of the mind? ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies. 25 (2), 1-15.

Gough, Noel. (2006). Shaking the tree, making a rhizome: towards a nomadic geophilosophy of science education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 38 (5): 625-645. 

Gough, Noel. (2004). A vision for transnational curriculum inquiry. Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, 1(1): 1-11.

Gough, Noel and Price, Leigh (2004) Rewording the world: poststructuralism, deconstruction and the ‘real’ in environmental education. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 21: 23-36.

Gough, Annette and Gough, Noel (2004) Environmental education research in southern Africa: dilemmas of interpretation. Environmental Education Research, 10 (3): 409-424.

Gough, Noel (2004) RhizomANTically becoming-cyborg: performing posthuman pedagogies. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 36 (3): 253-265.

Gough, Noel, et. al. (2003) Tales from Camp Wilde: queer(y)ing environmental education research. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 8: 44-66. 

Gough, Noel (2003) Speculative fictions for understanding global change environments: two thought experiments. Managing Global Transitions: International Research Journal, 1 (1): 5-27.

Gough, Noel. (2003). Performing shared responsibilities: inclusive methodologies for educational inquiry. Melbourne Studies in Education, 44(1), i-v.

Gough, Noel. (2002). Thinking/acting locally/globally: Western science and environmental education in a global knowledge economy. International Journal of Science Education, 24(11), 1217-1237.

Gough, Noel. (2002). Ignorance in environmental education research. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 18, 19-26.  

Gough, Noel. (2001). Learning from Disgrace: a troubling narrative for South African curriculum work. Perspectives in Education, 19(1), 107-126.

Gough, Noel. (2000). Interrogating silence: environmental education research as postcolonialist textwork. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 15/16, 113-120.

Gough, Noel. (2000). Locating curriculum studies in the global village. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 32(2), 329-342.

Gough, Noel. (1999). Globalisation and school curriculum change: locating a transnational imaginary. Journal of Education Policy, 14(1), 73-84.

Gough, Noel. (1999). Surpassing our own histories: autobiographical methods for environmental education research. Environmental Education Research, 5(4), 407-418.

Gough, Noel. (1999). Rethinking the subject: (de)constructing human agency in environmental education research. Environmental Education Research, 5(1), 35-48.

Gough, Noel (1997) Weather™ Incorporated: environmental education, postmodern identities, and technocultural constructions of nature.Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 2: 145-162.

Gough, Noel (1996) Textual authority in Bram Stoker’s Dracula; or, what’s really at stake in action research? Educational Action Research 4 (2): 257-265.

Gough, Noel (1994) Narration, reflection, diffraction: aspects of fiction in educational inquiry. Australian Educational Researcher 21 (3): 47-76

Gough, Noel. (1994). Imagining an erroneous order: understanding curriculum as phenomenological and deconstructed text. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 26(5), 553-568.

Gough, Noel. (1994). Playing at catastrophe: ecopolitical education after poststructuralism. Educational Theory, 44(2), 189-210.

Gough, Noel. (1993). Environmental education, narrative complexity and postmodern science/fiction. International Journal of Science Education, 15(5), 607-625.

Gough, Noel. (1991). Narrative and nature: unsustainable fictions in environmental education. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 7, 31-42.