Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Indigenous Research Collaboration Research Workshop

5 February 2015

The annual IRC Research workshop will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Researchers will present their research projects and discuss their findings. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration and there will a 25-minute panel discussion at the end of each session. The presentations will cover a range of areas within Indigenous research including Indigenous Knowledges, fine arts and critical race studies, Indigenous education, sport and pedagogy and Indigenous history, education and subjectivities. The first IRC meeting for 2015 will be held in the afternoon.

Acknowledgement of Country (John Evans)
9.15–11amSession 1


Associate Professor John Evans
Early experience in the development of expertise in sport as a process or learning: lessons for formal education

Indigenous education, sport and pedagogy


Dr Vicki Grieves
Cultural heritage, rights and wellbeing: 'Natural' motivators in Aboriginal education

Indigenous Knowledges


Sam Altman
Designing an Indigenous teaching/learning strategy for a curriculum for the Anthropocene

Indigenous Knowledges


Jessie Czaban
Challenging fantasies of post-Aboriginality in contemporary Australian art

fine arts; critical race and whiteness studies



11–11.30amMORNING TEA
11.30am–1.15pmSession 2


Dr Cathie Burgess
Developing teachers' pedagogical cultural identity through cultural immersion: the key to engaging indigenous Australian students and their families in education

Indigenous education


Dr Lorraine Towers
Cultures of schooling, schooling cultures: Indigenous inclusion and subjectivities

Indigenous history, education and subjectivities


Tamika Sutton
Factors influencing Indigenous students' attendance at school

Indigenous education


Katrina Thorpe and Dr Cathie Burgess
Hunting assumptions in mandatory Indigenous education

Indigenous education






Event details

  • When: 9am–3pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: FREE

  • Contact:

    Rebecca Rathbone
    Research Assistant, Sydney School of Education and Social Work

  • Speakers: Associate Professor John Evans comes from Wiradjuri country in western NSW and is one of only a handful of Aboriginal scholars to graduate with PhD from the University of Sydney. John is a previous recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians and the Commonwealth Governments Indigenous Staff Scholarship. He is lead researcher on an ARC Discovery Indigenous project exploring the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in sport and the sociocultural and educational factors that have contributed to their success. The research will provide insights into learning that can be applied and adapted for, formal education to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

    Dr Victoria Grieves is an ARC Indigenous Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. A trained historian, her research interests are focused on race and its intersections with gender and class in the Aboriginal family in all of its complexity, including connections to people from across the globe. Vicki is deeply engaged with transdisciplinarity and approaches to knowledge production that privilege Indigenous knowledges. This has led her to explore trans-Pacific connections as a way of illuminating the context of indigenous disadvantage, including exploring the importance of indigenous peoples as “sentinels” for the Anthropocene and their roles in environmental protection, climate change mitigation and food security. Her book, Aboriginal Spirituality: Aboriginal Philosophy and the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal People, is widely accessed and much cited. She is developing a research project titled "More than family history: race, gender and the Aboriginal family in Australian history", and is about to begin her third ARC-funded project: "Children born of war: Australia and the war in the Pacific, 1941–1944".

    Sam Altman is a lecturer in two Indigenous-specific programs at different institutions: teacher education at The University of Sydney and management at the University of Technology, Sydney. Previously he was the coordinator of the Bachelor in Community Management, an Indigenous-specific program at Macquarie University a course that taught more than 500 mature‐age Indigenous people. Sam has unique personal and professional links with Indigenous individuals, families, organisations and communities across most of Australia. He has long-term involvement in teaching, curriculum and program development and leadership roles to do with Indigenous education and community development and management. His career is marked by a capacity to ensure that higher education programs are connected to the needs of community and community capacity building, including extensive developments in teaching and learning, research, staff development, online support, organisational adaption, ethical practice and partnership and reciprocity. For example, at Macquarie University he was chair of the management committee of the Biodiversity Research Ethics Protocol development project; and a foundation member of the Professional and Community Engagement Program Advisory Committee, an initiative that enabled all undergraduate students to undertake an academic unit of study incorporating significant professional and community engagement.

    Jessie Czaban has recently completed a master's thesis at the University of Sydney and teaches in the area of Indigenous Australian Studies. She is interested in contemporary Australian art, multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignty and race. Her research is concerned with examining the reproduction of whiteness in art criticism in Australia.

    Dr Cathie Burgess lectures in education and Aboriginal studies curriculum at The University of Sydney. She has extensive experience as a secondary school teacher with expertise in Aboriginal studies, Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum, appropriate pedagogical approaches for Aboriginal students and applying a literacy focus to curriculum and pedagogy. Cathie has recently completed her doctorate in the narrative construction of early-career Aboriginal teachers’ professional identities. She is also chief investigator in the evidence-based teaching project exploring the effectiveness of mandatory Indigenous education courses for primary and secondary preservice teachers at the University of Sydney.

    Dr Lorraine Towers is a lecturer in Indigenous studies, education, and comparative and international education at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her teaching and research is interdisciplinary and has recently expanded to consider comparative historical Indigenous school experience with a focus on policy, practice, subjectivity and Indigenous agency. This has led to a more theoretical interest in a critical appraisal of comparative studies and neoliberal management of difference. She remains interested in African studies and hopes to pursue further research on Oromo schooling, identity and resistance in Ethiopia, the subject of her PhD and forthcoming book (Palgrave MacMillan).Tamika Sutton recently (2014) completed her Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education) at The University of Sydney, graduating with honours under the supervision of John Evans. Tamika’s honours research was a case study into the factors influencing Indigenous students’ attendance in a NSW school.

    Katrina Thorpe is a lecturer in Indigenous studies at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her teaching and research interests are focused in the areas of mandatory 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 undertaking a PhD titled "Narratives of professional learning and identity formation: the influence of life histories and Indigenous studies education on becoming a teacher".

Indigenous Research Collaboration Research Workshop

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


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