This group of researchers critically explores the strategic alignment of curriculum and pedagogy in the context of shaping capabilities for Australia’s future involvement with the Asian region.
Jen Elsden-Clifton (Co-Leader)
Jen’s research interests are based on Teacher Education, Teacher Identity and Teaching Practices. Her work is underpinned by Feminist Post-structuralist Theory and more recently Third Space Theory. Jen’s research spans multiple fields, including arts education, ICT use and misuse, health education, teacher education, professional experience and own practice (and the spaces within and in-between these fields).
Kathy Jordan (Co-Leader)
Kathy is interested in researching: how teachers use ICT in their practice; teacher decision-making regarding ICT; educational technology theory and application; blended learning; educational technology discourse; literacy and ICT; the changing nature of ICT; teacher professional learning re ICT; and pre-service teachers and ICT capabilities.
Aneta is completing her PhD research. Her research interests are in memory, trauma, yearning and the way these elements impact on a character’s experience; identity; and affect theory and experience. Aneta explores these ideas through creative writing as well as academic writing.
Cheryl’s research interests are associated with her work in international education coordination at RMIT University. Her interests include: analysing the effectiveness of the activities that RMIT currently provides for international students in terms of securing successful educational outcomes and social connectedness; identifying the relationship between international students’ global identity and their educational outcomes; identifying and analysing the challenges that students face as they forge this new global learner identity; and identifying new ways to support international students in the context of these challenges.
Naomi’s research interests are focused on the teaching of additional languages, the focus of her current PhD research. This research interest in additional languages education encompasses: English as an additional language; second language acquisition; cultural diversity in classrooms; language teaching methods; Japanese as a second language in Australian classrooms; communicative language teaching and learning; Content and Language Integrated Learning; bilingual and immersion education; gesture approaches to teaching additional languages; Intentional Teaching Gestures.
Nicky’s research interests cover several broad areas. One is investigating what acts on teachers’ use of digital technologies, with a particular focus on newly graduated teachers, and on the role of the socio-material in shaping practices more generally. A second interest is in the use of online environments to foster student as well as teacher learning, with a particular focus on how online spaces can foster the development of intercultural competence among pre-service teachers. Associated with this is the developing notion of what online pedagogies look like and what intercultural competence might develop. A third interest is the role of site-based and work-integrated learning course delivery in pre-service teacher education. A fourth interest is in next generation learning spaces and their impact on pedagogy and learning.
Rachel’s research interests are focused on Teachers’ and teacher educators’ work, with a particular focus on challenges and opportunities for teacher professionalism and the centrality of social equity; teacher identity formation – how educators make sense of themselves in particular political, social and historical contexts; and Indigenous Studies, with a particular focus on building teacher and teacher educator understanding of related educational issues (policy, history and knowledge).
Sylvana is currently completing her PhD research. Her research interests include leadership development; professional Identity; and career choices / beginning teachers.
Rohan’s principal research interests include Arts/Music Education; lifelong learning; health and wellbeing and the sustainability of cultural traditions; applied learning; and vocational education and training – including effective learning and teaching approaches.
Emily is interested in questions about social justice and inclusion, and the role of education in shifting thinking and feeling around the multiple ‘isms’ that permeate educational institutions and everyday life. Her current research applies an international lens to examining the multiple sites within which educational work around social justice occurs. She is also developing a governmental analysis of politics and pedagogy in relation to young people.
Seth’s research explores young people’s transitions from school to work/further study, and investigates how institutions such as the family, school, sport, and employment shape these processes of transition. His research interests are in examining the ways in which the intersection of body pedagogies, gender, social class, sexuality, and race/ethnicity discourses inform young people's construction of their body and available post-school options.
Annette has an extensive track record in education research projects and publication. Here research interests cover environmental education, education for sustainability, science education, gender studies, research methodologies in education, curriculum policy, design and development, and teacher education.