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Malcolm Skilbeck is a world authority on education and works in educational policy analysis, curriculum, tertiary and secondary education, the teaching profession, and educational innovation. Some of this work has been done with Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Skilbeck received his B.A. from University of Sydney, his M.A. from University of Illinois, and Ph.D. from the University of London. He has published many papers, articles, books and reports on academic issues such as curriculum theory and development, educational policy and youth training, in the secondary and tertiary sectors. He authored the books School Based Curriculum Development and The Vocational Quest; co-authored the Curriculum Reform, and the influential survey: Industry-university partnerships in the curriculum: trends and developments in OECD countries.
- Professor and Dean of Education, University of Ulster from 1971 to 1975.
- Consultant Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in Paris and as a participant to its European programs.
- Director of the Australian Curriculum Development Centre from 1976 to 1981.
- Director of Studies of the Schools Council for Curriculum and Examinations for England and Wales from 1981 to 1983.
- Professor of Curriculum Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London from 1981 to 1985
- Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University in Australia from 1986 to 1991
- Deputy Director for Education of the Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
- Currently a Consultant to UNESCO and the British Council.
- Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia