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. 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 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

Associations

  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

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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