Dr Nikki Brunker

PhD(Sydney), BEd(Hons)(Sydney)
Lecturer
'Study 1' Convenor
Research Higher Degree Admissions Manager
School Ethics Co-ordinator

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93513113

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Biographical details

After completing a BEd at USyd Nikki taught in alternative and mainstream schools, with experience in early childhood, primary and secondary schooling as a teacher and Principal. Nikki’s research interests include children’s social and emotional wellbeing, Initial Teacher Education pedagogy, alternative schooling and innovative qualitative methodologies. Current research projects include an exploration of children’s experiences when school has not ‘fit’; pre-service teacher and teacher educator perceptions of ITE pedagogy; and the experience of moving from Home Education to being a Teacher. Nikki is interested in Post-Qualitative and Arts Informed Inquiry approaches to research. Her PhD thesis involved an interpretation of Lawrence Lightfoot’s Portraiture overlaid with patchwork, which won the NSW Institute for Educational Research’s Beth Southwell Award for Outstanding Thesis.

Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • Alternative Paths for Schooling and Education

Research on teaching and learning

  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Innovative Research Methodologies
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Teaching and supervision

Unit Co-ordinator

EDMT5676: Teaching and Learning

EDMT5502: Teachers and Learners - School Communities

EDMT6500: Schools and Communities

Honours Supervision

  • Student and Teacher Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Alternative Education
  • Inclusion and Exclusion from School
  • Initial Teacher Education

Current research students

Project title Research student
Leadership, Culture and School Effectiveness - Exploring Educational Leadership in NSW Public Schools Michelle CLEMENTS
The role of flexible learning environemnts in responding to complex trauma Joanna NICHOLSON

Current projects

  • 'From Home Education to Teaching'
  • 'Democratic School Teachers’ Thinking on Democratic Education' with Dr Rebecca English, Queensland University of Technology

Associations

Australian Association for Research in Education

Awards and honours

  • Beth Southwell Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, NSW Institute of Educational Research (IER), 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, 2010
  • Best Poster Award, Successful Learning Conference, 2007
  • Conference Travel Grant, AARE, 2007

Grants

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Incubator Grant 2016 ($5000)
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Dean’s Education Innovation Grant 2016, (Chief Investigator) with Dr Ilektra Spandagou and Dr Cathie Burgess – ‘Intention, Implementation and Perception of MTeach Assessment Practices: Staff and Pre-Service Teacher Perspectives’ ($1000)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Brunker, N. (2015). Having a cleanout are you? In Robyn Gibson (Eds.), The Memory of Clothes. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Journals

  • Brunker, N. (2018). Stepping off the drunkard's path to walk the 'wild side': Patchwork as a torch for interpreting portraiture for research innovation. Qualitative Research Journal.

Conferences

  • Brunker, N. (2008). Primary Schooling and Children's Social Emotional Wellbeing: A Teacher's Perspective. AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

Report

  • Ewing, R., Manuel, J., Brunker, N. (2006). Early career teacher/Teacher mentor stories.

2018

  • Brunker, N. (2018). Stepping off the drunkard's path to walk the 'wild side': Patchwork as a torch for interpreting portraiture for research innovation. Qualitative Research Journal.

2015

  • Brunker, N. (2015). Having a cleanout are you? In Robyn Gibson (Eds.), The Memory of Clothes. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2008

  • Brunker, N. (2008). Primary Schooling and Children's Social Emotional Wellbeing: A Teacher's Perspective. AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2006

  • Ewing, R., Manuel, J., Brunker, N. (2006). Early career teacher/Teacher mentor stories.

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