Wayne Sawyer is the Head of Research in the School of Education at Western Sydney University. His research interests include English and literacy education, effective teaching in the secondary school, and educational policy. Wayne is the Manager, curriculum and assessment, of the NSW English Teachers' Association and a former editor of the journal, English In Australia. He is an experienced case study researcher. As part of larger teams, he has recently completed case study-based projects on effective teaching in the NSW HSC, effective teaching in Years 7-10, and on the motivation and engagement of boys.
Wayne is a well known curriculum theorist in the area of English education. He has produced research reports for the NSW Board of Studies and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (co-authored) on major reviews of English curriculum in those states. He has edited or authored over 20 books on English teaching for audiences of school teachers and academics.