Dr Katrina Thorpe

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

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5720

Biographical details

Katrina Thorpe is a descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens, New South Wales. She is a lecturer at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work with 20 years experience teaching Indigenous Studies in higher education. In 2017, Katrina completed her doctorate titled Narratives of Learning at the Cultural Interface: The Influence of Indigenous Studies on Becoming a Teacher. This research illuminated the experiences that supported or inhibited preservice teacher learning and development of a personal and professional commitment to Indigenous education.

Prior to her academic career, Katrina was a secondary education teacher and was also employed by the Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) where she delivered Aboriginal cultural awareness training to staff within the Hunter Region of NSW. During this time she 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’s career in higher education began at the Koori Centre - University of Sydney in 1996. In 1999 she moved to the Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre at the University of New South Wales and then returned to the Koori Centre in 2002.

Katrina has taught Indigenous Studies across a number of disciplines including education, social work, the social sciences, nursing, health and community development. 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 wellbeing.

Katrina has a long term interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning in Indigenous Studies and is passionate about developing culturally responsive pedagogies that facilitate connections between students and Aboriginal people, communities and Country. She is also committed to supporting preservice teachers who are developing an Aboriginal education activist identity and want to connect with others who share a commitment to social justice in Aboriginal education.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Teacher education and professional learning
  • Teacher professional identity

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Indigenous Studies and Indigenous education

Teaching and supervision

Current:

EDUP4072 Koori Kids in School (A)

EDUP4073 Koori Kids in School (B)

EDMT5679 Aboriginal Education: Secondary Schools

EDMT5680 Aboriginal Students K-6

EDSE4052: Aboriginal Education: Secondary Schools

INDG2004: Indigenous Wellbeing

Recent:

SCWK2009 Indigenous Australians and Social Work

INDG2001 Indigenous Land and Culture

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

Current projects

Associations

Aboriginal Studies Association

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

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 grants

2017

  • Engagement: Working with rather than on communities (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Rawsthorne M, Thorpe K, Clancey G; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Flipping knowledge about FASD (Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder): a resource for students in Public Health, Education and Social Work; Dickson M, Thorpe K; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

  • Aboriginal Organisations - B

    Aboriginal Organisations - B (Open Training and Education Network - Distance Education and the Open and Distance Association of Australia, 2002)

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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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

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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