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My area of research within the HDR program focuses on the transformation of pedagogical practice in Geography, towards the signature pedagogies of this subject, as pre-service teachers transition in to their early-career years. The study is qualitative and framed around the Theory of Reflexivity (Archer, 2010, 2017) to determine the enabling and constraining factors of using signature pedagogies in the secondary Geography classroom. The Teaching and Assessing for Reflective Learning (TARL) model (Ryan & Ryan, 2013, 2015) and the Professional Standards for the Accomplished Teaching of Geography (Hutchinson & Kriewaldt, 2010) provide a conceptual frame for assessing the depth of reflection about pedagogical practice over time, and a point of reference for identifying the signature pedagogies of Geography. Outside of the HDR program, I am working with a small team to investigate the role of fieldwork as a tool to promote conceptual change amongst students and teachers engaged in the Preliminary and HSC Geography course.

My teaching is also centred around Geography: Geography in the Secondary School 1; Geography in the Secondary School 2; HSIE Education; and Curriculum and Instruction in the Secondary School

Outside of Macquarie University, I hold several leadership roles in related professional associations including Vice President (Immediate Past President), Geography Teachers' Associaton of NSW; Nominated Director for NSW, Australian Geography Teachers' Association; and Honorary Secretary, Geographical Society of NSW.

I have been appointed by the Ministry of Education, Singapore, as the 2019 Outstanding Educator In Residence for geographical education. The focus will be 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 appointment include working on-the-ground in Singapore and collaborating closely with the Academy of Singapore Teachers to develop and deliver a series of Masterclasses for in-service and pre-service teachers of Geography, demonstration lessons in local schools with local students, and participating in a national curriculum dialogue.

Education/Academic qualification

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

Jul 201725 Apr 2018

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

Jan 2016Dec 2016

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


Education, Bachelor of Education, University of Sydney


Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

30 Jul 2018 → …

External positions

Honorary Secretary, Geographical Society of NSW

Mar 2017 → …

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 2016 → …

Board member, Professional Teachers Council of NSW


Director/Nominated Director, Australian Geography Teachers' Association

Oct 2013 → …

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


Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Department of Education


Geography Teacher, Department of Education


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Research Outputs 2013 2018

action research

Teaching out of field: teachers having to know what they do not know

Caldis, S., 2017, In : Geography bulletin. 49, 1, p. 13-17 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Investigating the Quarantine station as an important and connected place: Stage 1 Geography - part 1

Caldis, S., 2016, In : Geography bulletin. 48, 4, p. 31-34 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

national park

Investigating the Quarantine Station as an important and connected place in Stage 1 Geography - part 2

Caldis, S., 2016, In : Geography bulletin. 48, 4, p. 35-43 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Pearson geography NSW 7+8. Stage 4: student book

Kleeman, G., Rhodes, H., Hamper, D., Caldis, S., Peters, A. & Lane, R., 2016, Melbourne, Vic.: Pearson. 371 p. (Pearson geography NSW)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch



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