Mrs Catherine Smyth
Associate Lecturer, HSIE K-6 Curriculum and Curriculum Studies
4th Year B.Ed (Primary) Coordinator
A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney
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Kate is an experiencedK-6 teacher, having taught in both government and non government primary schools in NSW as well as in the Solomon Islands and Kuwait. She has been a project officer and acting consultant with the NSW Department of Education HSIE curriculum directorate where she was involved in writing and presenting professional development workshops around the state. She now teaches HSIE primary curriculum and curriculum studies in the Faculty of Education.
Current research interests in developing historical understanding in the primary classroom has resulted in Kate presenting numerous conference papers and conducting teacher development workshops for the NSW DET, the Catholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools.
Kate is primary history consultant and liaison officer with NSW History Teachers' Association (H.T.A), President of NSW Primary HSIE Teachers' Association (PHSIETA) and was K-6 advisor, ACARA for the Australian Curriculum: History.
Research on teaching and learning
- Teacher education and professional learning
- Social sciences, including civics
Keywords: global education, history curriculum (K-6), HSIE, civics and citizenship education, primary curriculum
- A qualitative study: The nature and sources of primary teachers' historical thinking and understanding and the pedagogical implications for the 21st Century Classroom.
- Teaching Teachers for the Future Project- Using digital stories to develop pre-service primary teachers' historical understanding.
President, Primary HSIE Teachers Association
Primary Liaison Officer,History Teachers' Association, NSW
Member, Asia Education Teachers' Association
Member, Social Educators Association of Australia (SEAA)
University of Sydney representative, NSW HSIE Cross Sector Committee
Awards and honours
Recipient of a Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2010
The purpose of these awards is to recognise the contribution made to teaching excellence by members of staff across the faculty
- Approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
- Development of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field
- Approaches to assessment and feedback that foster independent learning
- Respect and support for the development of students as individuals
- Scholarly activities that have influenced and enhanced learning and teaching
NSW State Winner, Discovering Democracy Achievement Award, 2001
Discovering Democracy Signpost Award, 2001