Associate Professor Janet Mooney - Director

Janet Mooney is the Director of the Koori Centre. She is from the Yuin nation from the South Coast of NSW. She is an Aboriginal academic who has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal people; she believes strongly that education is a tool for social justice and therefore actively promotes exemplary and innovative educational practice. Hence, in all of the positions she has held she has kept abreast of sound educational practices for Aboriginal learners, but has strived to create an understanding for non-Aboriginal people of the practices and principles of attitudinal change that can only produce a more cohesive community of Australians.

Janet Mooney is an active and respected member of the Aboriginal community. She is highly regarded as an academic with specialised knowledge in Aboriginal education. She is currently Chair the Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies; Ex-officio member of Academic Board; member of: Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, Faculty of Education, Social Work Academic Board; Education Committee of SEG; The Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship Committee at the University of Sydney. Other associations include: President of the Aboriginal Education Council; Trustee Norman Catts Bequest. Member of: NSW DET Higher Education Advisory Committee; NSW Board of Studies Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee; National Indigenous Higher Education Network; member NSW HENAC; and the NSW local AECG. She is regularly engaged in projects and committees for NSW DET & TAFE, and the NSW Board of Studies and has been invited to participate in Indigenous Review for Charles Sturt and La Trobe University. Previously she has served on the University of Sydney Senate, Academic Board of NAISDA, the NSW Fulbright Selection Committee and was a member of the writing team for the first NSW 2 unit, Aboriginal Studies Syllabus, Years 11-12.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney. 2011
  • Masters of Education. University of Sydney. 1998.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education. University of Sydney 1983.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts). City Art Institute 1982.

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Indigenous Australian History and Culture
  • Diversity

Research Funding and Grants

  • Craven, R. Martin, A. Mooney, J. Wilson-Miller, J (2008) New Solutions For Maximising Aboriginal Students' Potential: The roles of self-concept and motivation in making a real difference to desirable educational outcomes Linkage Grant. ARC funding 2004. $173,943
  • Mooney, J., & Walsh, M. NSW Indigenous Languages Feasibility Study. NSW DAA funding 2004: $49 000
  • Mooney, J. A critical analysis of core Aboriginal Studies subjects in Primary Teacher education courses. Discovery – Indigenous Researchers Development Grant. ARC funding 2003: $20 000
  • Mooney, J., & Cleverley, J. A History of Aboriginal Education at the University of Sydney. University of Sydney Sesquicentenary Grant, funding 2001: $10,000.
  • Craven, R. G., Halse, C., Marsh, H.W., Mooney, J., & Wilson-Miller, J. Teaching the teachers core Aboriginal Studies: elucidating successful strategies and overcoming barriers. DEST. IESIP funding 1999-2001: $103,000 DEST
  • Craven, R. G., Halse, C., Marsh, H.W., Mooney, J., & Wilson-Miller, J. Teaching the Teachers Core Aboriginal Studies: Impact on Postgraduate Teachers' Ability and Commitment to Teaching Aboriginal Studies in Australian Schools. DEST EIP funding 1999-2001 $65,000 DEST

Janet Mooney has also been a chair and/or member of steering committee’s for the following research projects: Chair, National Priority Reserve Fund Project, ATSI Perspectives and Input into Environmental Education and Training; Member steering committee for: National Priority Reserve Fund Project, Culturally appropriate Course Design and Delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education; Commonwealth Staff Development and Training Project, Research Skills for Indigenous Australian Staff of the University of Sydney; Aboriginal Night Patrol – Support and Evaluation for the Attorney General’s Department; and the Ngarra Project, InterNet-Based Training in Research Skills for Staff in Indigenous Higher Education Centres.

Commissioned National Reports

Publications

2010

  • Cleverley, J. & Mooney, J. (2010) Taking our place: Aboriginal education and the story of the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney. Sydney University Press: Australia.
    ISBN: 9781920899387

2009

  • Mooney, J. (2009). Why Teach Aboriginal Studies: Disadvantage in Indigenous Australian Education Fifth International Biennial SELF Research Conference, 12-15 January, 2009. Al Ain, UAE.
  • Mooney, J. (2009). Enhancing preservice teachers’ self-concept: Understanding best practice in Aboriginal Studies subjects in preservice teacher training programs Fifth International Biennial SELF Research Conference, 12-15 January, 2009. Al Ain, UAE.

2008

  • Dr. Kutay, C., Mooney, J. (2008). Linking Learning to Community for Computer courses. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. University of Queensland.
  • Mooney, J. (2008) A Journey of Discovery: the Establishment of Aboriginal Education and Studies in Australia’s first University. Australian Association for Research in Education’s (AARE) Annual International Education Research Conference. November 2008.

2007

  • Mooney, J. (2007). A Pedagogical Imperative: Teaching Teachers to Teach Aboriginal Studies. In Making the Connections: 12th National Aboriginal Studies Association Conference 2 – 3 November 2006, pp. 111-122. UWS. Bankstown. NSW.

2006

  • Mooney, J. (2006). Reconciliation: Why we need to teach teacher’s to teach Aboriginal Studies to all Australian students. In: Self-Concept , Motivation, Social and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference, 23-26 July, 2006. Ann Arbor, USA
  • Mooney, J. (2006). Teaching Aboriginal Studies: Improving Professional Practice in NSW Schools. In Self-Concept , Motivation, Social and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference, 23-26 July, 2006. Ann Arbor, USA.

2005

  • Mooney, J. (2005) Indigenous educational disadvantage (p.63 – 78). In: Culture economy and governance in Aboriginal Australia. Proceedings of a workshop of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. University of Sydney 30 Nov-1 Dec 2004. NSW, Sydney University Press. pp 63-77.
  • Mooney, J., Craven Rhonda ( 2005) Teaching Aboriginal Studies: Producing inclusive Australian Citizens. In: AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference, University of Western Sydney.
  • Mooney, J., Rhonda Craven ( 2005) Case study: Introducing and Teaching Core Aboriginal Studies. In: AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference , University of Western Sydney.

2004

  • Mooney, J (2004) An Australian Story: Pre-service Teachers Perceptions of the Value of Mandatory Aboriginal Studies Teacher Education Subjects. In Proceedings of the Third International Biennial Self Research Conference. Berlin Germany 4-7 July 2004.
    http://www.dest.gov.au/Search.htm?query=Teaching%20the%20teachers
  • Mooney, J., Craven, R. G., and Martin A. J. (2004) Why Introduce Core Aboriginal Studies Teacher Education Courses? A critical Analysis of Educators’ Perspectives. In Proceedings of the Third International Biennial Self Research Conference. Berlin Germany 4-7 July 2004.
    http://www.dest.gov.au/Search.htm?query=Teaching%20the%20teachers

2003

  • Mooney, J., Craven, R. G. Marsh. H. W. (2003) Teaching preservice teachers Aboriginal Studies: what really works? AARE Conference, New Zealand 20 November – 4 December 2003.
  • Mooney, J., Halse, C., & Craven, R. G. (2003) Teaching the Teachers Aboriginal Studies: Illuminating Successful Strategies. AARE. Conference, New Zealand 20 November – 4 December 2003.
  • Mooney, J., Halse, C., & Craven, R. (2003) Postgraduate Teachers’ Commitment to Teach Aboriginal Studies in Australian Schools. AARE Conference. New Zealand 20 November – 4 December 2003.
  • Asmar, C. Blanchard, M. & Mooney, J. (2003) Metaphorically speaking: rejecting the extinction of 100,000 years of knowing: nurturing Indigenous Australian knowledges and traditions on the historical landscape of western supremacy within a tertiary institution. Third International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. University of Hawaii, 13-16 February 2003
  • Craven, R. G. & Mooney, J. (2000) Teaching the teachers to understand and teach Indigenous Australian Studies: New models, teaching strategies and resources to empower and educate a nation. American Education Research Association Conference, New Orleans, 24-28 April. ERIC.

Conferences, Panels, Editorships:

Conference papers: Refereed

  • Mooney, J. A Journey of Discovery: the Establishment of Aboriginal Education and Studies in Australia’s first University. Australian Association for Research in Education’s (AARE) Annual International Education Research Conference. November 2008.
  • Mooney, J. (2006). A Pedagogical Imperative: Teaching Teachers to Teach Aboriginal Studies. In Proceedings of the 12th Aboriginal Studies Association Conference, Aboriginal Studies: Making the Connections. Bankstown. NSW. 2 – 3 November 2006
  • Mooney, J. & Craven, R. G. (2006) Teaching Aboriginal Studies: Improving Professional Practice in NSW Schools. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Biennial Self Research Conference. Anarbor. August 2006
  • Mooney, J. & Craven, R. G. (2006) Reconciliation: Why we need to teach teacher’s to teach Aboriginal Studies to all Australian students. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Biennial Self Research Conference. Anarbor. August 2006
  • Mooney, J. & Craven, R. G ( 2005) Teaching Aboriginal Studies: Producing inclusive Australian Citizens. In: AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference, University of Western Sydney.
  • Mooney, J. & Craven, R. G ( 2005) Case study: Introducing and Teaching Core Aboriginal Studies. In: AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference, University of Western Sydney.
  • Mooney, J. (2004) An Australian Story: Pre-service Teachers Perceptions of the Value of Mandatory Aboriginal Studies Teacher Education Subjects. In Proceedings of the Third International Biennial Self Research Conference. Berlin Germany 4-7 July 2004
  • Mooney, J. Craven, R. G. & Martin, A. J. (2004) Why Introduce Core Aboriginal Studies Teacher Education Courses? A critical Analysis of Educators’ Perspectives. In Proceedings of the Third International Biennial Self Research Conference. Berlin Germany 4-7 July 2004.
  • Mooney, J. Craven, Rhonda. G. & Marsh, H. W. (2003) Teaching preservice teachers Aboriginal Studies: what really works? Presented at the AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference, New Zealand 20 November – 4 December 2003.
  • Mooney, J., Halse, C., & Craven, R. G. (2003) Teaching the Teachers Aboriginal Studies: Illuminating Successful Strategies. Presented at the AARE International Education Research Conference. New Zealand 20 November – 4 December 2003.
  • Mooney, J., Halse, C., & Craven, R. (2003) Postgraduate Teachers’ Commitment to Teach Aboriginal Studies in Australian Schools. Presented at the AARE International Education Research Conference. New Zealand 20 November – 4 December 2003.
  • Asmar, C. Blanchard, M. & Mooney, J. (2003) Metaphorically speaking: rejecting the extinction of 100,000 years of knowing: nurturing Indigenous Australian knowledges and traditions on the historical landscape of western supremacy within a tertiary institution. Presented at the Third International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. University of Hawaii, 13-16 February 2003
  • Craven, R. G. (2000) & Mooney, J. Teaching the teachers to understand and teach Indigenous Australian Studies: New models, teaching strategies and resources to empower and educate a nation. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association conference, New Orleans, 24-28 April. ERIC.

Conference Papers not refereed

  • Riley, L., Mooney, J., & Burgess, C. (2009) Nurturing Indigenous Australian people, their knowledges and traditions in an Australian University. AARE Conference, Canberra. 29th November – 3rd December 2009.
  • Mooney, J. & Blanchard, M. (2002) Change? Friend or Foe: An Indigenous experience. The 6th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. 2002.
  • Mooney, J. (1999). Higher education is where Indigenous Australian people excel. What is the long-term meaning of the changes to ABSTUDY! Was equality and self- determination truly an issue? Presented at the Ninth annual conference of the Aboriginal Studies Association held at the College of Indigenous Peoples, Southern Cross University, Lismore, October, 1999.
  • Mooney, J. (1999). Crisis in Indigenous Australian higher education: A critical analysis of the impact of recent government policies. Reconciliation Conference. University of Sydney 23 October, 1999.
  • Bancroft, B., Connors, S., Mooney, J. & Riley, L. (2009).
    Forum: Indigenous women: Diverse Directions. NAIDOC Week, Powerhouse Museum, Darling Harbour Sydney. 12 July 2009.
  • Mooney, J. (2008). Welcome and Official Opening address to People, Power and Politics: the first generation of anthropologists. Macleay Museum. University of Sydney. 13 March 2008.
  • Mooney, J. (2002). Aboriginal Education. University of Sydney. Sixth Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Special Education. University of Sydney, 2002.

Opening Addresses

  • Mooney, J. NAISDA Graduation speech. (1999).
  • Mooney, J. (1999). The crime of two centuries; Australia you have the right to remain silent… Plenary Address. Hate Crimes Conference, University of Sydney. 9-10 December, 1999.

Janet Mooney has also presented at numerous national and international conferences and presents Welcome to Country and Key note address as required at the University of Sydney, visiting International Conferences and conventions, and for community colleges and organisations as required. She is also invited to refereed papers and manuscripts.

Awards

  • ARC Discovery – Indigenous Researchers Development Grant 2003

Contact Details:

Phone: (02) 9351 4859
Toll Free: 1800 622 742
Fax: (02) 9351 6923
Location: Room 223 Old Teachers College
Email: janet.mooney@sydney.edu.au