Ms Katrina Thorpe

BEd UWS MEd (Human Resource Management) Sydney GradCertEdStud (Higher Education) Sydney ProfCert (Indigenous Research) Melb
PhD candidate
Lecturer

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5720

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Biographical details

Katrina Thorpe is a descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens, New South Wales. She was appointed to the Koori Centre in 1996 and for a short period (1999-2002), was a Lecturer at the Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre at the University of New South Wales. Katrina has taught Indigenous Studies across a number of Faculties including Education and Social Work, Arts and Social Sciences, and Nursing.

Prior to her employment at University, Katrina was a secondary education teacher and also a staff trainer for the Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET). During her time at DEET, Katrina delivered cross-cultural awareness training to staff within the Hunter Region of NSW, co-ordinated the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Career Development Plan and facilitated a mentor network for Indigenous staff within the Region.

Katrina has a long-standing interest and commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning in Indigenous Studies and Aboriginal education. Her other interests include anti-racism and social justice education, quality teaching, planning and evaluation. She has presented at numerous conferences and international symposia, particularly on the discipline of Indigenous studies in tertiary education.

Katrina’s current research is focused in the areas of Indigenous Studies in preservice teacher education, Aboriginal education in schools, engaging Indigenous students in education using Information and Communication Technologies and Indigenous health and community development.

Katrina is currently undertaking a PhD titled,Narratives of professional learning and identity formation: the influence of life histories and Indigenous Studies education on becoming a teacher under the supervision of Professor Robyn Ewing and Associate Supervisor Professor Deb Hayes at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Teacher education and professional learning

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Indigenous issues

Teaching and supervision

  • KOCR2603 Indigenous Health & Communities
  • EDUP 2006 Indigenous Australian Education
  • KOCR2610 Indigenous Community Development
  • EDSE2002 Indigenous Education: Secondary Schools
  • EDUH2018 Indigenous Perspectives in PDHPE
  • KOCR 2600 Introduction to Indigenous Australia
  • KCSE 3201 Professional Practices 2

Associations

Aboriginal Studies Association

Awards and honours

Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award: Koori Centre team (2013).

University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (2013)

Katrina Thorpe and John Hobson 2009 Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES) Small Grant$9714.00. Project title: Enhancing flexible delivery in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal).

Dr Eileen Baldry, Sue Green and Katrina Thorpe (2001) Australian Research Council, Small Grant Title:Urban Aboriginal people’s experiences and requirements of human services. Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre, The University of New South Wales.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Thorpe, K. (2002). Aboriginal Organisations - B. Strathfield: Open Training and Education Network - Distance Education and the Open and Distance Association of Australia.

Journals

  • 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]
  • Thorpe, K. (2016). Nurturing an Indigenous education 'activist identity'. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 19(1-2), 266.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2012). Pedagogical Approaches in a Mandatory Indigenous Education Subject. International Journal of Learning, 18(11), 177-190.
  • Evans, J., Forsyth, C., Thorpe, K. (2010). "I don't like reading things online": Students' views about online versus hard copy access of course materials. Synergy, 30, 33-40.
  • Baldry, E., Green, S., Thorpe, K. (2006). Urban Australian Aboriginal peoples’ experience of human services. International Social Work, 49(3), 364-375.
  • Thorpe, K., Minter, P., Lui-Chivizhe, L., Smith, A. (2004). Indigenous Philosophy in Pedagogy and Research. Synergy, 19.

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., 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.
  • Thorpe, K. (2011). "IDLs are your friend" – using ICT to support Indigenous students' engagement in Independent Directed Learning. 9th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2011.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2011). Pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in a mandatory Indigenous teacher education course. 18th International Conference on Learning,.
  • Thorpe, K., Lui-Chivizhe, L., Smith, A., Minter, P., Foley, D., Blanchard, M., Johnston, P. (2005). Relevance, Resistance and Responsibility: Teaching and Learning with Indigenous Knowledges in Universities [Pre-conference workshop]. 2005 Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (Herdsa), Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Thorpe, K. (2005). Transforming Academic Paradigms and Creating New Frontiers? Or, Is It Just Incorporating All Things ‘Indigenous’ Into Academic Programs? Indigenous Knowledges Conference Reconciling Academic Priorities with Indigenous Realities, New Zealand: Knowledge Exchange Programme of Ng�? Pae o te M�?ramatanga.
  • Thorpe, K., Minter, P. (2004). Indigenous Philosophies and Transformative Pedagogies in University Curricula. The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning.
  • Blanchard, M., Thorpe, K. (2004). Nursing Education: Building Partnerships in Teaching and Aboriginal Health. 2nd Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress: Innovations in Pacific and Indigenous Health.

Other

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C., Galleguillos, S. (2010), What is the significance of mandatory and elective Indigenous education subjects in teacher education programs?.

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]
  • Thorpe, K. (2016). Nurturing an Indigenous education 'activist identity'. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 19(1-2), 266.

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., 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.

2012

  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2012). Pedagogical Approaches in a Mandatory Indigenous Education Subject. International Journal of Learning, 18(11), 177-190.

2011

  • Thorpe, K. (2011). "IDLs are your friend" – using ICT to support Indigenous students' engagement in Independent Directed Learning. 9th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2011.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C. (2011). Pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in a mandatory Indigenous teacher education course. 18th International Conference on Learning,.

2010

  • Evans, J., Forsyth, C., Thorpe, K. (2010). "I don't like reading things online": Students' views about online versus hard copy access of course materials. Synergy, 30, 33-40.
  • Thorpe, K., Burgess, C., Galleguillos, S. (2010), What is the significance of mandatory and elective Indigenous education subjects in teacher education programs?.

2006

  • Baldry, E., Green, S., Thorpe, K. (2006). Urban Australian Aboriginal peoples’ experience of human services. International Social Work, 49(3), 364-375.

2005

  • Thorpe, K., Lui-Chivizhe, L., Smith, A., Minter, P., Foley, D., Blanchard, M., Johnston, P. (2005). Relevance, Resistance and Responsibility: Teaching and Learning with Indigenous Knowledges in Universities [Pre-conference workshop]. 2005 Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (Herdsa), Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Thorpe, K. (2005). Transforming Academic Paradigms and Creating New Frontiers? Or, Is It Just Incorporating All Things ‘Indigenous’ Into Academic Programs? Indigenous Knowledges Conference Reconciling Academic Priorities with Indigenous Realities, New Zealand: Knowledge Exchange Programme of Ng�? Pae o te M�?ramatanga.

2004

  • Thorpe, K., Minter, P. (2004). Indigenous Philosophies and Transformative Pedagogies in University Curricula. The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning.
  • Thorpe, K., Minter, P., Lui-Chivizhe, L., Smith, A. (2004). Indigenous Philosophy in Pedagogy and Research. Synergy, 19.
  • Blanchard, M., Thorpe, K. (2004). Nursing Education: Building Partnerships in Teaching and Aboriginal Health. 2nd Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress: Innovations in Pacific and Indigenous Health.

2002

  • Thorpe, K. (2002). Aboriginal Organisations - B. Strathfield: Open Training and Education Network - Distance Education and the Open and Distance Association of Australia.

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