Dr Amani Bell
Amani joined the ITL in March 2009. She previously worked in the Office of Learning and Teaching in Economics and Business at the University of Sydney, where she managed the Faculty’s tutor development program and provided high level support in the area of evaluation and quality assurance of learning and teaching. Amani has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney. While studying for her PhD, she taught biology and horticulture at the University of Sydney, UTS and TAFE and also completed a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Teaching and Learning. After graduating, Amani worked for Horticulture Australia, a company that works with over 40 horticultural industries and manages several hundred research projects.
She is coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) units in Semester 1, and teaches in the Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning program. Amani's teaching and learning development work involves leadership of the Inclusive Teaching Curriculum resources, the Widening Participation Scholars Network, sessional staff development and the #edtech Network.
Her primary research focus is how academics, particularly those early in their career, develop their teaching via engagement with students (students as change agents).
Amani is an Associate Editor for the Higher Education and Research Development (HERD) Journal, and is regular reviewer for higher education journals.
Current HDR students
Milica Simic Misic: The effectiveness of the SOLO Taxonomy to support introductory accounting students’ conceptual understanding. (PhD), University of Sydney (with Rosina Mladenovic and Sue Newberry)
Fangfang Li: The road to the sense of discipline: An exploration of the perceptual way of teaching and learning in finance courses(PhD), University of Sydney (with Prof Keith Trigwell)
Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2006) For excellence in the leadership, design and implementation of a faculty-wide tutor development program (with Dr Rosina Mladenovic and Dr Tai Peseta)
Refereed journal papers
Bell A & Rosina Mladenovic R (2014) Situated learning, reflective practice and conceptual expansion: effective peer observation for tutor development, Teaching in Higher Education 20(1), 24-36. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13562517.2014.945163?ai=v7&ui=29rg&af=H
Hendry, G. D., Bell, A., & Thomson, K. (2014). Learning by observing a peer’s teaching situation. International Journal for Academic Development, (ahead-of-print), 1-12. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360144X.2013.848806#.UoGOMyetEcs
Bell A and Mladenovic R (2013). How tutors understand and engage with reflective practices. Reflective Practice. 14 (1), 1-11. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14623943.2012.732949.
Bell A, Mladenovic R and Price M (2013). Students' perceptions of the usefulness of marking guides, grade descriptors and annotated exemplars. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 38(7), 769-788. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02602938.2012.714738
Bell A and Treleaven L (2011). Looking for Professor Right: mentee selection of mentors in a formal mentoring program. Higher Education 61(5): 545-561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-010-9348-0
Bell A and Mladenovic R (2012). How tutors understand and engage with reflective practices. Reflective Practice. Published online 19 October 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14623943.2012.732949.
Bell A, Mladenovic R and Price M (2012). Students' perceptions of the usefulness of marking guides, grade descriptors and annotated exemplars. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. Published online 10 September 2012. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02602938.2012.714738
Bell A and Treleaven L (2011). Looking for Professor Right: mentee selection of mentors in a formal mentoring program. Higher Education 61(5): 545-561. Published online 10 July 2010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-010-9348-0
Bell A, Kelton J, McDonagh N, Mladenovic R and Morrison K (2011). A critical evaluation of the usefulness of a coding scheme to categorise levels of reflective thinking, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 36(7): 797-815. First published on: 12 July 2010 (iFirst). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2010.488795
Bell A, Mladenovic R and Segara R (2010). Supporting the reflective practice of tutors: what do tutors reflect on? Teaching in Higher Education 15(1): 57-70. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562510903488139
Bell A and Morris G (2009). Engaging professional learning in online environments. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(5): 700-713. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet25/bell.html
Bell A and Mladenovic R (2008). The benefits of peer observation of teaching for tutor development. Higher Education 55(6): 735-752. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-007-9093-1
Ewing R, Freeman MA, Barrie S, Bell A, O'Connor D, Waugh F and Sykes CS (2008). Building community in academic settings: The importance of flexibility in a structured mentoring program. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 16(3): 294-310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13611260802231690
Ellis R, Freeman MA and Bell A (2008). Referencing as Evidence of Student Scholarliness and Academic Readiness. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Law & Education 13(1): 83-98.
Freeman MA, Bell A, Comerton-Forde CA, Pickering JL and Blayney PJ (2007). Factors affecting educational innovation with in-class electronic response systems. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 23(2): 149-70. http://ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet23/freeman.html
Bell A (2007). Exploring tutors’ conceptions of excellent tutoring. Teaching and Learning in (Higher) Education for Sessional Staff 1(1). (online publication, now archived)
Ahmed AK, Johnson KA, Burchett MD and Kenny BJ (2006).The effects of heat, smoke, leaching, scarification, temperature and NaCl salinity on the germination of Solanum centrale (the Australian bush tomato). Seed Science and Technology 34(1): 33-45.
Ahmed AK and Johnson KA (2000). Horticultural development of Australian native edible plants. Turner Review No. 3. Australian Journal of Botany 48(4): 417-426
Ahmed AK and Johnson KA (2000).The effect of the ammonium: nitrate nitrogen ratio, total nitrogen, salinity (NaCl) and calcium on the oxalate levels of Tetragonia tetragonioides Pallas. Kunz. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 75(5): 533-538.
Ahmed AK, Cresswell GC and Haigh AM (2000). Comparison of sub-irrigation and overhead irrigation of tomato and lettuce seedlings. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 75: 350-354.
Bell, A., Carson, L. and Piggott, L. (2013) Deliberative democracy for curriculum renewal, in Dunne, E and Owen, D (Eds) The student engagement handbook: Practice in higher education. Bingley: Emerald (pp.499-508).
Recent conference presentations
Bell A, Wolfgramm-Foliaki E, Airini, Birch E, Kelly-Laubscher R, Paxton M, Santamaria L, & Stanley C (2014). Global and cross-cultural perspectives on first-generation university students, AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference, Brisbane, Australia, https://thinkbusiness.conference-services.net/reports/template/onetextabstract.xml?xsl=template/onetextabstract.xsl&conferenceID=3787&abstractID=818196
Bell A and Mladenovic R (2013).’ Taking a step back: peer observation of teaching as a catalyst for change’, AARE Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 1-5 December 2013. http://aare2013.com.au/AARE-Program.html
Barrie S, Bell A, Cairnduff A and Teague M (2013). ‘Capacity building and cultural change: The Widening Participation Scholars Network’, FYHE Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 7-10 July 2013. http://fyhe.com.au/attach/FYHE13-Program.pdf
Barrie S, Bell A, Cairnduff A and Teague M (2012).’ Setting the scene for change: Activating networks in the university labyrinth’, AARE-APERA Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2-6 December 2012. http://eventmobi.com/aare-apera2012/session?id=102584
Bell A, Mladenovic R and Price M (2012). 'Improving learning outcomes through effective assessment: benefits of grade descriptors, marking guides and exemplars, 5th Annual American Accounting Association AAA Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting - "Seeds of Innovation", Washington D.C., United States, 5th August 2012.
Bell A and Treleaven L (2010). What makes for a successful mentoring program for academics?, In M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education, 33. Melbourne, 6–9 July, 2010.http://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/conference/2010/papers/HERDSA2010_Bell_A.pdf
Bell A and Morris G (2009). 'The Trading Zone': An online space for exchanging good teaching practice, iPED 2009, 4th International Inquiring Pedagogies Conference, Coventry University, UK, 14-15 September.
Freeman M, Ahmed A, Spicer P, Barry S, O'Connor D, Shields J and Waugh F (2007) The challenge of mentoring in academic settings: A pilot study, The Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Engaging Pedagogies, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 26-30 November. http://www.aare.edu.au/06pap/ewi06393.pdf
Bell A and Mladenovic R (2007). The benefits of peer observation of teaching for tutor development', International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Locating Learning: Integrative Dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2 - 5 July.
Bell A, Mladenovic R and Morris G (2007). Professional development online: A discipline-based approach to the development of small group teaching, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Locating Learning: Integrative Dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2 - 5 July.