Adjunct Professor Barry Golding AM is an adjunct research professor in adult and community education at Federation University Australia. From 2011-13 he was Associate Dean, Research, School of Education & Arts at University of Ballarat, Australia; leader of the RAVE (Researching Adult & Vocational Education) Group, Manager of the ‘Men’s learning beyond the workplace’ International Research.
In mid 2015 Dr Golding became an honorary Adjunct Professor of Federation University Australia.
In June 2016 he was appointed to the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australian Queens Birthday Honours in recognition of his ‘significant contribution to tertiary education as a researcher and author, to professional organisations and to the community.
From 2013- March 2015 Barry was President of the Adult Learning Australia Board, and a voluntary Patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. He remains an ALA Board member in 2015.
Barry Golding was awarded the ‘Ted Donnelly Award’ in 2013 for his ‘outstanding contribution to the men’s shed movement’.
Barry is also founder, in 1993, current President (2013-16) and Life Member of the Great Dividing Trail Association, responsible for creating and maintaining four main walking and mountain bike tracks totalling around 270km that now link Ballarat, Daylesford, Castlemaine and Bendigo (collectively called the ‘Goldfields Track’) as well as the Lerderderg Track (connecting Daylesford to outer suburban Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh).
Aside from a PhD in Education from University of Melbourne, Barry has a degree in Science (Honours, Geology) at University of Melbourne, a Bachelor Arts (Philosophy of Science and Feminism) from Deakin University, as well as postgraduate qualifications in Environmental Science (Masters) from Monash University and Education (Graduate Diplomas, in Education and Educational Administration) from University of Melbourne.
His 2014 university course Coordination and lecturing included Indigenous Education for pre-service teachers at University of Ballarat, Collaborative research and Evaluation and Global Perspectives in Education.
Barry was a former core member of the eight person Mulga Bill’s Bicycle Band from 1970-76 (see separate page with details). Barry has lived in the Daylesford area, since 1976, specifically at nearby Kingston since 1980. He has developed a community interest and expertise in current and prior landscapes and communities including those existing at contact locally with the DjaDjaWurrong Nation in 1838, particularly those associated with the North West Aboriginal Protectorate near Mount Franklin in central Victoria.
Barry has extensive education and research experience in school, VET (vocational education and training), ACE (Adult and Community Education) and university sectors spanning almost forty years. His education-related research in the past 20 years has focused mainly on adult and community education, with particular emphasis on: access and equity in vocational education and training, Indigenous vocational education, adult and community education, inter-sectoral transfer. Men’s lifelong and lifewide learning, health and wellbeing in community settings, including through community men’s sheds, has become his particular, international research interest.
Barry has undertaken many major individual and collaborative, mixed method, field research projects in the past two decades through: Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE, The University of Melbourne and the University of Ballarat with a wide range of collaborating universities, non-government organisations and researchers. Most of his research and consultancy has been national in scope including for National Centre for Vocational Education Research, state and national government departments. He operates a small research business called. Tertiary Tracks, committed to cutting edge mixed method research.
With RAVE partners, Barry led a major national study of learning through men’s sheds in Australia in 2007 for NCVER. In 2009 he led three major research projects: a UB Deakin study of ‘Learning to be drier in the Southern Murray Darling Basin,’ a national study of older men’s learning and wellbeing through community organisations for National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre, and a study of men’s learning and wellbeing in community settings in Western Australia.
In 2010-12 his research focused on a collaborative investigation of men’s learning and wellbeing in community contexts, through on ground research in Australia, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, Portugal, Samoa, New Zealand and China. In 2012 Barry led a RAVE team that completed the ‘Listening and responding to learner voice’ research project for NVEAC (National VET Equity Advisory Council) in Australia.
He researched, wrote and co-edited a book Men learning through life with Dr Rob Mark from University of Strathclyde, Scotland and Dr Annette Foley from University of Ballarat, published in February 2014 by NIACE in the UK, with chapter contributions from seven world nations (Australia, New Zealand, China, UK, Ireland, Portugal and Greece). His main research focus in 2014-15 is on the international men’s shed movement. It resulted in publication in August 2015 of ‘ The Men’s Shed Movement: the Company of Men’ book by Common Ground Publishing in the US, as part of its Aging and Society series of books. The book provides a definitive account of the history, diversity and innovation and research evidence about community Men’s Sheds movement in Australia, Ireland, the UK and New Zealand and most recently in Europe.
In 2016 Barry is working independently of the university on two research projects through his business, Tertiary Tracks. The first is the Rural Sporting Chance study, with Dr Maryann Brown, of opportunities for rural vocational education and training (VET), for the philanthropic Helen Macpherson Rural Foundation based in Creswick. It involves hearing from young people 18-25 years as well as other VET stakeholder in five rural Victorian towns: Dunolly, Terang, Casterton, Kyabram and Warracknabeal.
The second is a research evaluation of ‘alternative’ school education for young people embedded in five adult education providers in New South Wales. Barry undertook a research evaluation of original Alesco program (set up in Newcastle in 2003 by WEA Hunter) in 2009. The 2016 project again involves listening to young people’s perceptions of the Alesco-type programs in Newcastle, as well in Dubbo, Bathurst, Wollongong and Albury Wodonga.