Neil Harrison

Associate Professor

  • 185 Citations
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Neil has worked in Indigenous education as a primary, secondary and tertiary teacher. He has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in the field. 

His interests include trauma-informed education, Indigenous education and curriculum and pedagogy.

Methodological expertise focuses on negotiated approaches to research, including those methodologies which are generated collaboratively in the field.

Neil's current research focuses on the development of a Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for schools and universities.

His past research focuses on Learning from Country.  In recent years, he has analysed ways in which Indigenous knowledge of Country can be used to increase Indigenous student engagement in urban locations such as Sydney. He has documented specific approaches to learning in the Sydney region that connect Indigenous children to Country, provide them with a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing, and produce increased student engagement at school, including significantly reduced suspensions (for example, Harrison & Greenfield, 2011).

See a video of Neil's philosophy on Learning from Country:

In 2017, Neil won an Australian Award for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.


Trauma Informed Pedagogy; Philosophy of Education; Indigenous education

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Developing teachers'/students' science capital and intercultural understanding via STEAM education

Chu, H. E., Falloon, G., Harrison, N., Cavanagh, M., Jamie, J., Pask, H., Martin, S. N., Son, Y., Song, J., Choe, S., Meng, H. J., Cho, Y. H., Lim, H. J., Lego, D., Treagust, D. F. & Siburn, K.


Project: Research

Aboriginal Voices: Insights for Aboriginal Education

Lowe, K. & Harrison, N.


Project: Research

  • Research Outputs

    Country as pedagogical: enacting an Australian foundation for culturally responsive pedagogy

    Harrison, N. & Skrebneva, I., 2020, In : Journal of Curriculum Studies. 52, 1, p. 15-26 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Curriculum and learning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education: a systematic review

    Harrison, N., Tennent, C., Vass, G., Guenther, J., Lowe, K. & Moodie, N., 15 Apr 2019, In : The Australian Educational Researcher. 46, 2, p. 233-251 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Factors affecting the development of school and Indigenous community engagement: a systematic review

    Lowe, K., Harrison, N., Tennent, C., Guenther, J., Vass, G. & Moodie, N., Apr 2019, In : Australian Educational Researcher. 46, 2, p. 253–271 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Special issue. Aboriginal voices: systematic reviews of indigenous education

    Guenther, J., Harrison, N. & Burgess, C., Apr 2019, In : The Australian Educational Researcher. 46, 2, p. 207-211 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    1 Citation (Scopus)