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I am a Lecturer, Secondary Social Science, who specialises in geography education. I convene and teach the undergraduate and postgraduate methodology courses for Geography, and Economics-Business; I am also Deputy Director, Master of Teaching (primary and secondary). My research interests focus on transition into the profession, transformation of pedagogical practice in the geography classroom, and out-of-field teaching.

My recently completed doctoral research was a qualitative, longitudinal study focused on transition into the teaching profession and transformation of pedagogical practice in the secondary Geography classroom. The research was conducted with five teacher education students in three phases as they completed their final year of study in an initial teacher education program, entered the profession, and transitioned to their early-career years. Archer's theory of reflexivity was used determine the enabling and constraining influences on practice. Reflection and pedaogy was the conceptual frame, using the Teaching and Assessing for Reflective Learning (TARL) model (Ryan & Ryan, 2013, 2015) and the Professional Standards for the Accomplished Teaching of Geography (GEOGStandards) (Hutchinson & Kriewaldt, 2010). During my doctoral candidature I received the Faculty of Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research.

Outside of Macquarie University, I continue to advocate for quality geography education within initial teacher education programs and in school-based settings through active engagement with the professional associations for geography: President, Geography Teachers Associaton of NSW and ACT (GTANSW&ACT); Chair, Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA); Co-opted member, Geographical Society of NSW; and AGTA Representative for the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG). 

In 2019 I was appointed by the Academy of Singapore Teachers and Ministry of Education, Singapore, as the Outstanding Educator In Residence for geographical education. The appointment focused on pedagogical practice in Geography, particularly around the incorporation of inquiry-based learning and fieldwork activities in to teaching, learning and assessment programs. Responsibilities associated with this in-country appointment included collaborating closely with the Academy of Singapore Teachers to develop and deliver a series of Masterclasses for in-service teachers of Geography; designing and teaching demonstration lessons in local schools with local students; and participating in a national curriculum dialogue with policy-makers.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

30 Jul 20183 Aug 2021

Award Date: 20 Dec 2021

Education, Master of Research (Year 2), Macquarie University

Jul 201725 Apr 2018

Award Date: 30 Jun 2018

Leadership and Intercultural Understanding, Asialink Leadership Course, The University of Melbourne

Jan 2016Dec 2016

Award Date: 16 Dec 2016

Education, Master of Education (Research Specialisation), Macquarie University

20122016

Award Date: 16 Dec 2016

Education, Bachelor of Education, University of Sydney

19921995

Award Date: 15 Dec 1995

External positions

Chair, Australian Geography Teachers' Association

Oct 2021 → …

STEM Ambassador for geography education, Science and Technology Australia

Mar 2020Dec 2021

President (2nd time), Geography Teachers' Association of NSW

Nov 2019 → …

Honorary Secretary, Geographical Society of NSW

Mar 2017Oct 2020

Sessional Academic (Geography, Canberra Campus), Australian Catholic University

Jan 2017Jun 2017

Sessional Academic (HSIE in the primary years), University of Sydney

Jan 2017Jun 2017

Vice President, Geography Teachers' Association of NSW

Oct 2016Nov 2019

Board member, Professional Teachers Council of NSW

20152016

Director/Nominated Director, Australian Geography Teachers' Association

Oct 2013Oct 2021

President, Geography Teachers' Association of NSW

Oct 2013Oct 2016

Senior Project Officer: Australian Curriculum Geography, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Oct 2010Oct 2013

Head Teacher HSIE, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

20052010

Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

20032005

Geography Teacher, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

19962002

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