Penny Van Bergen

Associate Professor

  • 287 Citations
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20062020
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Biography

Penny Van Bergen is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology. She is Director of the Faculty of Human Sciences' Centre for Children’s Learning in a Social World, and Deputy Director of Research in the Department of Educational Studies.

 

Research Interests

Penny’s research focuses on children’s development of memory and emotion skills in social contexts. She studies how parents and families reminisce with children about the past, how children use emotion and perspective-taking skills when working with others, and how group-work in schools and universities may facilitate learning.

 

Penny is particularly interested in children’s relationships with teachers, parents, and peers, and in mapping the kinds of social interactions that best facilitate learning and development. Her work has been featured in several media outlets (e.g. The Conversation, The Sun Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sunrise, and the US-based “Parents” magazine).

 

Penny supervises Higher Degree Research students whose projects lie within her areas of research specialisation. Please email penny.vanbergen@mq.edu.au to discuss potential topics and opportunities.   

 

Teaching and scholarship

Penny teaches in the undergraduate primary and secondary teaching degree programs at Macquarie, convening the educational psychology unit “EDUC262: The Learner”. Underpinning her teaching is a strong commitment to creating undergraduate research opportunities for education students.

 

Penny has been awarded several teaching awards including:

  • Faculty of Human Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2017)
  • Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award (2013)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (2013)
  • Faculty of Human Sciences Dean’s Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (2013)
  • Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2012)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2011)
  • Faculty of Human Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2011)
  • UniJobs Lecturer of the Year – Top 20 Australia-wide (2010)

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Outputs 2006 2019

Attributions and emotional competence: why some teachers experience close relationships with disruptive students (and others don’t)

McGrath, K. F. & Van Bergen, P., 2019, In : Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 25, 3, p. 334-357 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

attribution
teacher
student teacher
experience
student

Comparing radical, social and psychological constructivism in Australian higher education: a psycho-philosophical perspective

Van Bergen, P. & Parsell, M., Mar 2019, In : The Australian Educational Researcher. 46, 1, p. 41–58 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

constructivism
education
interpretation
pedagogics
academy

Reminiscing and future talk conversations between young children, their early childhood educators and mothers

Andrews, R., Van Bergen, P. & Wyver, S., Oct 2019, In : Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 49, p. 254-268 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

conversation
childhood
Mothers
educator
dyad

The role of social media in developing young people’s health literacy

Dudley, D. A., Van Bergen, P., McMaugh, A. & Mackenzie, E., 2019, Young people, social media and health. Goodyear, V. A. & Armour, K. M. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 147-161 15 p. (Routledge studies in physical education and youth sport).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
social media
literacy
health
health care
adolescent

Young children’s movement in outdoor spaces: could this reveal mathematical awareness?

McCluskey, C., Mulligan, J. & Van Bergen, P., 2019, Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia . Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 484-492 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

cognition
school