Dr Sheelagh Daniels-Mayes

Lecturer and researcher - Indigenous education

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1362

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Biographical details

Sheelagh is a Kamilaroi woman originally from north-western NSW. She joined the Sydney School of Education and Social Work in 2017 as a Fellow in the Wingara Mura Leadership Program. In 2016, Sheelagh completed her doctorate titled: Culturally Responsive Pedagogies of Success: Improving educational outcomes for Australian Aboriginal students, at the University of South Australia. Her thesis infused Culturally Responsive Pedagogy with Critical Race Theory. She has studied in the areas of education, criminology and psychology.
Sheelagh’s experience also includes working with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Adelaide City Council Access and Inclusion Panel, and the SA Minister’s Disability Advisory Committee. She facilitated the writing of Vision Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP seeking to make the organization more culturally savvy for Aboriginal peoples who are blind or have low vision. Prior to returning to university to study education, Sheelagh worked as a Senior Project Officer with the NSW Department of Corrective Services developing programs to lower the re-offending rates of Aboriginal peoples across the state. Sheelagh has had a diverse work history having been a counsellor with organisations like the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), the Salvation Army and Oasis Youth Support Network.

Research interests

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Indigenous issues
  • Social change
  • Sociology of knowledge

Research on teaching and learning

  • Social sciences, including civics
  • Teacher education and professional learning
  • Special and inclusive education

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education
  • Sociology of education
Educational history, sociology and philosophy

Teaching and supervision

Course Coordination:

Indigenous Land and Culture, INDG2001

Introduction to Indigenous History, INDG1002

Course Guest Lectures:

Aboriginal education: K – 6, EDUP2006

Aboriginal Education: Secondary EDMT5679

Education, Teachers and Teaching, EDUF1018

Social Perspectives on Education, EDUF2007

Australian Schooling Systems, EDUF303

Research Supervision

Doctor of Philosophy, Indigenous education - Current

Project title: How Might Northern Territory Remote Indigenous Student Underachievement Be Improved Through Their Indigeneity? A critical policy analysis

Masters Special Project, Education Psychology, 2018

Project Title: Culturally responsive Cognitive Load Theory: The Applicability of 8-ways Pedagogy for All Students

Indigenous Studies Methodologies, INDG3001

Introduction to Indigenous Cultures, INDG1001

Current projects

Member: Widening Participation and Outcomes (WPO) Longitudinal School Evaluation, University of Sydney, 2018 - current

Member: Making Meaning in the Margins (M3CLR) FASS Strategic Research

Theme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 2018 – current

Associations

  • Director, Australian Indigenous Lecturers in Initial Teacher Education Association October 17, 2017
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

In the media

NAIDOC Week 2018, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women influencing Sydney staff

https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2018/07/09/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-women-influencing-staff.html

Indigenous academic speaks on education for National Reconciliation Week 2018, NITV Radio

https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/node/1476675?language=hu

Inclusion Matters: Empowering Indonesia’s Leaders and Embracing Accessibility in Australia,

http://australiaawardsindonesia.org/news/detail/121/inclusion-matters-empowering-indonesias-leaders-and-embracing-accessibility-in-australia

Disability Inclusion Week 2017, Ask Us Anything

https://sydney.edu.au/study/academic-support/disability-support/disability-inclusion-week.html

Selected grants

2018

  • Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) Longitudinal Evaluation Project Fund Letter Agreement; McMahon S, Harwood V, Hayes D, Berger N, Daniels-Mayes S; Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney/Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO).

Selected publications

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Conferences

  • Daniels-Mayes, S., Sinclair, K. (2014). Improving education for Aboriginal children and youth - "More than bums on seats in classrooms": The significance of cultural competence and culturally responsive pedagogy. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2014: Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities, Adelaide: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2014

  • Daniels-Mayes, S., Sinclair, K. (2014). Improving education for Aboriginal children and youth - "More than bums on seats in classrooms": The significance of cultural competence and culturally responsive pedagogy. The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2014: Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities, Adelaide: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

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