Mr Joshua Barnes

BA(UQ), BSc(UQ), DipEd(UoN), MEd(Sydney)
Lecturer in Primary Maths and Education (Teaching focused position)

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93515989
Fax +61 2 93512606

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Biographical details

Josh is an educator with a wide range of experience in NSW Public Schools, youth arts and teacher education. He began this teaching career, developing student-devised theatre with young people at Newcastle’s Tantrum Theatre. His emphasis on student centered learning through creative and story driven learning has developed throughout his career, working for Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), and The University of Sydney (USYD).

Josh works collaboratively at all levels. He has worked as a ‘teaching artist’ on the STC School Drama program, working alongside primary school teachers and their students, to realise the literacy benefits of using drama in the classroom. Josh is one of the founding members of ATYP’s Indigenous Drama Transition Program and is consulting with them to develop and validate the significance of such programs for indigenous students. At USYD, Josh works alongside pre-service teachers and was a recipient a 2011 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

Josh own research as part of his Master of Education (USYD) looked at alterative pedagogy in the mathematics classroom – a field plagued by disengagement, anxiety and often failure. He is also working with other researchers to widen participation to university through narrative research into the experience of First Year Students.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Mathematics and science

Current projects

  • Developing Transition Resources - Narratives of Best Practice in Teaching
  • Efficacy of dialogic assessment methods and the impact on student learning

Associations

  • North Sydney Demonstration School Advisory Committee

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work - Teaching Excellence Award

Selected publications

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Conferences

  • Chambers, B., Anderson, J., Waugh, F., Markauskaite, L., Barnes, J. (2012). Investigating inclusion and exclusion reasons for student attrition in first year at university. 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).
  • Chambers, B., Waugh, F., Barnes, J. (2012). Using the student perspective to enhance student transition resources. 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference | New Horizons, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.

2012

  • Chambers, B., Anderson, J., Waugh, F., Markauskaite, L., Barnes, J. (2012). Investigating inclusion and exclusion reasons for student attrition in first year at university. 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).
  • Chambers, B., Waugh, F., Barnes, J. (2012). Using the student perspective to enhance student transition resources. 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference | New Horizons, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology.

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