Dr Catherine Burgess

DipT(Special)(UTS), MEd(Aboriginal)(UniSA), GradDipEdStudies(Computer)(SCAE), PhD (USyd)
Senior Lecturer in Education
Aboriginal Studies Curriculum Methods

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 7002
Fax +61 2 9351 6924

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Biographical details

Cathie Burgess is a Senior Lecturer specialising in Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous education at the University of Sydney. She has extensive experience as a secondary school teacher with expertise in Aboriginal Studies, Aboriginal curriculum, culturally responsive relationships-based pedagogical approaches for Aboriginal students and implementing literacy strategies to improve student outcomes. Cathie completed her doctorate on the narrative construction of early career Aboriginal teachers' professional identities and was Chief Investigator on theConnecting to Country EvaluationandDeveloping Teachers' Pedagogical Cultural Identitywith the Inner City AECG. She is currently working on the research project;Aboriginal Voices: Insights into Aboriginal Educationwith Dr Kevin Lowe, postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University.

Cathie's academic interests include innovative critical pedagogies, community-driven teacher professional learning through a deep understanding of Aboriginal cultures, histories and peoples, quality teaching from diverse perspectives, parent and community engagement and improving outcomes for Aboriginal students in educational institutions.

Cathie is currently Director, Indigenous Education Program and Convenor, Indigenous Research Collaboration. This includes convening an annual research forum, regular network meetings, writing retreats, hosting visiting international scholars and supporting honours and post graduate research students.

Cathie is also the President of the Aboriginal Studies Association, convenes the annual conference at the University of Sydney and is a life member of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. She also provides educational advice and cultural responsiveness training to various education and not-for-profit entities.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Learning and teaching in higher education

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Indigenous issues
  • Social change

Teaching and supervision

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY: ABORIGINAL STUDIES)

KCSE4201 Professional Practices 3

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY: HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES) / BACHELOR OF ARTS

EDSE2002 Indigenous Education: Secondary Schools

EDUH 2018 Indigenous Perspectives In Pd/H/Pe

EDSE 3080 Teaching Aboriginal Studies 1

EDSE 3081 Teaching Aboriginal Studies 2

EDSE 4050 Teaching Aboriginal Studies 3

EDSE 5015 Aboriginal Studies as a 3rd Teaching Area

EDUF 3135 Aboriginal Community Engagement

MASTER OF TEACHING

EDMT 5011 Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 1

EDMT 5012 Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 2

EDMT 6615 Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 3

EDMT5679 Aboriginal Education: Secondary Schools

HONOURS STUDENTS

Lousie Coombes:Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Options, not Orders: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cross Curriculum Priority Review

Amy Morris: Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanites and Social Sciences)/Bachelor of Arts

The role of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) in building capacity in local Aboriginal communities.

Cassandra Robinson: Bachelor of Education (Primary)

In what ways can the effectiveness of the mandatory Aboriginal education course at the University of Sydney better prepare the pre service teachers for implementing Aboriginal curriculum and pedagogy in schools?

Current projects

Aboriginal Voices: Insights into Aboriginal EducationA Collaborative research project to affect transformative change in Aboriginal education with Dr Kevin Lowe, Dr Anne McMaugh and Dr Neil Harrison, Macquarie University

Associations

President: Aboriginal Studies Association

Associate Life Member: NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group

Board Member: Aboriginal Education Council

Awards and honours

2013 Faculty of Education & Social Work Teaching Excellence Award - Koori Centre Team

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2003). Health. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2003). Performing Arts. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Colonisation. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Invasion. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Land Rights. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Land. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Please Explain. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Protests. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Reconciliation. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Stolen Generations. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.

Book Chapters

  • Burgess, C., Evans, J. (2017). Culturally responsive relationships focused pedagogies: The key to quality teaching and quality learning environments. In J. Keengwe (Eds.), Handbook of research on promoting cross-cultural competence and social justice in teacher education, (pp. 1-32). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2005). Our land - Dreaming to Federation. In K. J. Mason (Eds.), Experience world history: Kingdoms, dynasties and colonies. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.

Journals

  • Burgess, C. (2017). 'Having to say everyday..I'm not black enough..I'm not white enough': Discourses of Aboriginality in the Australian education context. Race Ethnicity and Education, Online first, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C. (2017). Beyond cultural competence: Transforming teacher professional learning through Aboriginal community-controlled cultural immersion. Critical Studies in Education, Online first. [More Information]
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2016). Challenging lecturer assumptions about preservice teacher learning in mandatory Indigenous Studies. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45(2), 119-128. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C. (2016). Conceptualising a pedagogical cultural identity through the narrative construction of early career Aboriginal teachers' professional identities. Teaching and Teacher Education, 58, 109-118. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2016). Cultural Immersion: Developing a Community of Practice of Teachers and Aboriginal Community Members. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45(1), 48-55. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C. (2012). Aboriginal Preservice Teachers Experiences in the Professional Experience. International Journal of Learning, 18(3), 343-356.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2012). Pedagogical Approaches in a Mandatory Indigenous Education Subject. International Journal of Learning, 18(11), 177-190.

Conferences

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2014). Capturing authentic learning in mandatory Indigenous education subjects at the University of Sydney. World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, 2014, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2014). Cultural immersion for teachers: Developing a community of practice for teachers and community members. Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association International Conference, 2014, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2014). Cultural immersion: The key to the next 50 years? Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking, National Convention Centre, Canberra.
  • Burgess, C. (2014). Developing teachers' pedagogical cultural identity through cultural immersion: The key to engaging Indigenous Australian students and their families in education. European Conference on Education, 2014, Brighton, UK.
  • Burgess, C., Thorpe, K. (2014). Mandating Indigenous education: Tensions and transformations. Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking, National Convention Centre, Canberra.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2013). Mandating Indigenous education: Tensions and transformations. Forum on Indigenous Teaching: Building an Evidence Base, 2013, University of Melbourne.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2012). Real Stories, Extraordinary people. Preliminary findings from an Aboriginal community-controlled cultural immersion program for local teachers. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Burgess, C. (2012). The role of agency in determining and enacting the professional identities of early career Aboriginal teachers. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Burgess, C. (2011). Aboriginal pre-service teacher perspectives on the professional experience. 18th International Conference on Learning, Mauritius.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2011). Pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in a mandatory Indigenous teacher education course. 18th International Conference on Learning,.
  • Burgess, C., Berwick, C. (2010). Aboriginal peoples perceptions and beliefs about quality teaching. AARE International Education Research Conference 2009, Canberra: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Burgess, C. (2010). Aboriginal Preservice Teacher perspectives on the Professional Experience [Roundtable presentation]. Australian Teacher Education Association 2010 Conference - Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future.
  • Burgess, C. (2010). What Good a National Curriculum for Indigenous Students? AARE International Education Research Conference 2009, Canberra: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

Other

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C., Galleguillos, S. (2010), What is the significance of mandatory and elective Indigenous education subjects in teacher education programs?.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2008), Nelson Aboriginal issues teacher CD. Blackline Masters.

Research Reports

  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2013). Opening Up To Local Communities. Final Report of the External Research Team on the implementation of the Connecting to Country Program, Sydney, Australia: Aboriginal Studies Association. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2013). Opening up to local communities: "You must have a heart miss. None of them other teachers ever go there." Final Report of the External Research Team on the implementation of the Connecting to Country Program, (pp. 3 - 42). Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia: N.S.W. Department of Education and Communities. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2011). Beginning the Journey first Interim Report on the Connecting to Country Program, (pp. 1 - 16). Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Communities. [More Information]

2017

  • Burgess, C. (2017). 'Having to say everyday..I'm not black enough..I'm not white enough': Discourses of Aboriginality in the Australian education context. Race Ethnicity and Education, Online first, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C. (2017). Beyond cultural competence: Transforming teacher professional learning through Aboriginal community-controlled cultural immersion. Critical Studies in Education, Online first. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C., Evans, J. (2017). Culturally responsive relationships focused pedagogies: The key to quality teaching and quality learning environments. In J. Keengwe (Eds.), Handbook of research on promoting cross-cultural competence and social justice in teacher education, (pp. 1-32). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

2016

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2016). Challenging lecturer assumptions about preservice teacher learning in mandatory Indigenous Studies. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45(2), 119-128. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C. (2016). Conceptualising a pedagogical cultural identity through the narrative construction of early career Aboriginal teachers' professional identities. Teaching and Teacher Education, 58, 109-118. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2016). Cultural Immersion: Developing a Community of Practice of Teachers and Aboriginal Community Members. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45(1), 48-55. [More Information]

2014

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2014). Capturing authentic learning in mandatory Indigenous education subjects at the University of Sydney. World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, 2014, Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2014). Cultural immersion for teachers: Developing a community of practice for teachers and community members. Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association International Conference, 2014, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2014). Cultural immersion: The key to the next 50 years? Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking, National Convention Centre, Canberra.
  • Burgess, C. (2014). Developing teachers' pedagogical cultural identity through cultural immersion: The key to engaging Indigenous Australian students and their families in education. European Conference on Education, 2014, Brighton, UK.
  • Burgess, C., Thorpe, K. (2014). Mandating Indigenous education: Tensions and transformations. Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking, National Convention Centre, Canberra.

2013

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2013). Mandating Indigenous education: Tensions and transformations. Forum on Indigenous Teaching: Building an Evidence Base, 2013, University of Melbourne.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2013). Opening Up To Local Communities. Final Report of the External Research Team on the implementation of the Connecting to Country Program, Sydney, Australia: Aboriginal Studies Association. [More Information]
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2013). Opening up to local communities: "You must have a heart miss. None of them other teachers ever go there." Final Report of the External Research Team on the implementation of the Connecting to Country Program, (pp. 3 - 42). Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia: N.S.W. Department of Education and Communities. [More Information]

2012

  • Burgess, C. (2012). Aboriginal Preservice Teachers Experiences in the Professional Experience. International Journal of Learning, 18(3), 343-356.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2012). Pedagogical Approaches in a Mandatory Indigenous Education Subject. International Journal of Learning, 18(11), 177-190.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2012). Real Stories, Extraordinary people. Preliminary findings from an Aboriginal community-controlled cultural immersion program for local teachers. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Burgess, C. (2012). The role of agency in determining and enacting the professional identities of early career Aboriginal teachers. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2011

  • Burgess, C. (2011). Aboriginal pre-service teacher perspectives on the professional experience. 18th International Conference on Learning, Mauritius.
  • Burgess, C., Cavanagh, P. (2011). Beginning the Journey first Interim Report on the Connecting to Country Program, (pp. 1 - 16). Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Communities. [More Information]
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2011). Pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in a mandatory Indigenous teacher education course. 18th International Conference on Learning,.

2010

  • Burgess, C., Berwick, C. (2010). Aboriginal peoples perceptions and beliefs about quality teaching. AARE International Education Research Conference 2009, Canberra: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Burgess, C. (2010). Aboriginal Preservice Teacher perspectives on the Professional Experience [Roundtable presentation]. Australian Teacher Education Association 2010 Conference - Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future.
  • Burgess, C. (2010). What Good a National Curriculum for Indigenous Students? AARE International Education Research Conference 2009, Canberra: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C., Galleguillos, S. (2010), What is the significance of mandatory and elective Indigenous education subjects in teacher education programs?.

2008

  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2008), Nelson Aboriginal issues teacher CD. Blackline Masters.

2005

  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2005). Our land - Dreaming to Federation. In K. J. Mason (Eds.), Experience world history: Kingdoms, dynasties and colonies. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.

2003

  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2003). Health. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2003). Performing Arts. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.

2002

  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Colonisation. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Invasion. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Land Rights. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Land. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Please Explain. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Protests. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Reconciliation. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Burgess, C., Myers, J. (2002). Stolen Generations. Blackline Masters. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.

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