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Dr Anna Bennett

Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Bennett has a PhD in Sociology and applies sociological theory and concepts to better understand social and educational phenomena. She utilises mixed-methods, works in multi-disciplinary teams and is involved in a range of research projects about complex issues. Current research areas include: discourses of equity and participation in higher education policy and practice, identities and subject positions, and notions and implications of neoliberalism. Dr. Bennett is Convenor of the University of Newcastle’s adult enabling program, which is open entry and enables people to qualify for entry into various degree programs across Australia through the UAC. 

Research Expertise
I research and publish in the fields of sociology, the sociology of education and political sociology.

Teaching Expertise
Anna was Team leader with Dr Erica Southgate (FEDUA) on the recent CTL research grant "Establishing effective and sustainable links between enabling and undergraduate programs by examining the transitions of ELFSC students" (2012).

Administrative Expertise
Anna is Program Coordinator of Open Foundation. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Education

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160809Sociology of Education40
169999Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified10
160899Sociology not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
1/02/2010 - 23/07/2010Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
28/09/2009 - 14/12/2009Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
13/07/2009 - 14/12/2009Casual LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Bennett AK, The Power Paradox: A Toolkit for Analyzing Conflict and Extremism, University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 137 (2012) [A1]

Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Bennett AK, 'Feminismos y pedagogías en la vida cotidiana', Feminismos y pedagogías en la vida cotidiana, Ediciones Morata, Madrid, Spain (1999)
1996Bennett AK, 'Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life', Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life, SUNY Press, New York (1996)

Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Southgate E, Bennett A, 'Excavating widening participation policy in Australian higher education: subject positions, representational effects, emotion', Creative Approaches to Research, 7 21-45 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsErica Southgate
2012Bennett AK, Hodges BE, Kavanagh KO, Fagan SJ, Hartley JH, Schofield NJ, ''Hard' and 'soft' aspects of learning as investment: Opening up the neo-liberal view of a programme with 'high' levels of attrition', Widening Participation & Lifelong Learning, 14 141-156 (2012) [C1]

Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Bennett AK, 'The non-traditional student within the higher education marketplace: an analysis of student expectations of Enabling university programs', NAEEA Conference Program, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Bennett AK, Fagan S, 'Beyond self-doubt: techniques to counter the ¿Impostor-Syndrome'', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2012Hodges BE, Bedford T, Bennett AK, Hartley JH, Kavanagh KO, Klinger C, et al., 'Enabling retention: Understanding and improving student retention rates in Australian university enabling programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
2012Bennett AK, 'Alternative pathways to higher education in Australia: The importance of enabling and empowerment beyond mainstream conventions', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
2012Bunn RJ, Bennett AK, Southgate EL, Cooper SA, Kavanagh KO, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsErica Southgate, Rosalie Bunn
2011Bennett AK, 'A case study of perceptions of power: Clubs Australia, pokies and the politics of 'spin'', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E3]
2011Bennett AK, Burgess CA, 'Challenges at the cultural interface: The hidden academic cultural curriculum', Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Brosnan C, Southgate E, MacQueen S, Kelly B, Outram S, Rubin M, et al., 'Faculty of education and arts strategic networks and pilot projects scheme', Equity in Elite Degrees: social difference, institutional practice and processes of change (2013)

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Bennett AK, Powter D, Goode E, Clark H, 'Program Self Review Report 2013, Open Foundation Program', University of Newcastle, NSW, 32 (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$306,365

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20152 grants / $234,952

Critical Interventions Framework Part 2$205,262

Funded by the Department of Education and Training, this project builds on the 2013 ‘Critical Interventions Framework' conducted by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Melbourne. The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle leads the 2015 project to identify better practice interventions at critical points along the tertiary student continuum from outreach through to graduate employment, with a specific focus on student success and transition. It aims to build an evidence base of institutional interventions so that higher education providers can preferentially utilise the interventions, which have been found most effective in promoting good outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The seven equity groups include: people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; women, particularly in non-traditional courses and postgraduate study; people with disabilities; people from non-English-speaking backgrounds; people from rural and isolated areas; and other disadvantaged groups.
Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding bodyDepartment of Education and Training
Project Team
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches$29,690

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding bodyNational Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project TeamProfessor Penny Jane Burke, Doctor Anna Bennett, Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Mrs Cathy Burgess, Associate Professor Jane Maguire, Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Shamus Smith
SchemeResearch Grants Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500360
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20142 grants / $62,336

Overcoming limiting notions of academic capability: strategies to improve the participation and completion rates of students from non-traditional and low socio-economic backgrounds$47,336

 The project team will work to find ways to understand students’ perceptions about what capability involves so that students unfamiliar with the field are provided with enabling information and pedagogies.
Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS STRATEGIC NETWORKS AND PILOT PROJECTS SCHEME$15,000

Over the last 30 years, a defining feature of higher education has been its massification. However, elite degrees (e.g. medicine, law, engineering) continue to include low proportions of non-traditional students (working class or first-generation). These degrees represent the last bastion of equity practice in universities. Internationally there is very limited research in this area. This project takes a 3-pronged, mixed-methods approach to understanding social difference and equity practice within elite degrees, with a view to informing the evidence base, policy debate and practical approaches to enabling non-traditional students to succeed in these areas.
Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $9,077

Establishing effective and sustainable links between Enabling and undergraduate programs by examining the transitions of ELFSC students$9,077

This project explored the double-transition that Enabling pathways students experience during their time at the University of Newcastle, having first transitioned into a university preparation program and then into an undergraduate degree.
Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeCTL grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Dr Anna Bennett

Position

Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Emailanna.bennett@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5378

Office

RoomMCG46
BuildingMcMullin
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