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Dr Daniella Forster

Lecturer

School of Education (Philosophy, Religion and Theology)

Career Summary

Biography

Daniella is the Coordinator of Teach Outreach, the School of Education community engagement and volunteer program at the University of Newcastle. She sits on the Board of Executives of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) as a member representative. She is a member of the Philosophy of Education Australasia Society and an academic editorial intern on the Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT) Editorial Development Group. She is collaborating with the NSW Volunteering Strategy Evaluation team for the NSW Office of Communities. Daniella completed first class Honours in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics in 2002 at Monash University and a Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne the following year. She was awarded her PhD in 2011.

Research Expertise

Daniella’s research applies philosophy and theories of ethics to teacher education and draws from a wide range of empirical and scholarly sources to explore pre-service teacher beliefs about and experiences of (1) moral complexity in teaching and (2) programs, policies and pedagogies to develop critically reflective, values-aware dialogue in the teaching profession. She applies a variety of lenses to data in order to explore key philosophical concepts and themes relating to discourses surrounding becoming a teacher. She is also passionate about building community sustainability, cohesion and equity. She coordinates the University’s Teach Outreach program, is part of the NSW Volunteering Strategy Evaluation Team and contributes to research about the value and effectiveness of programs, policies and practices associated with Time Banking and volunteerism. Daniella has successfully completed her first Special Study Leave Program (July- December 2014).


Teaching Expertise
As a secondary school teacher at Lauriston Girls’ School in Armadale, Victoria (2005-2008) I taught into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) through Unit 1 Philosophy and the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) through the Theory of Knowledge. I gained interdisciplinary tertiary teaching experience in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics and the Faculty of Education across undergraduate programs at Monash University between 2002 and 2008, including courses in Professional Ethics, Critical Thinking, Adolescent Psychology and Curriculum Studies. I took up a lecturing position at the School of Education at the University of Newcastle in 2009 and teach into foundations, professional practice and ethics courses in secondary and early childhood education programs. I coordinate, lecture and tutor in various final year professional practice, theory and ethics courses which have included courses in various programs such as Early Childhood, Secondary undergraduate internship and Masters of Teaching (Secondary).

Administrative Expertise
I currently sit on the Board of Executives at the Philosophy of Education Society Australasia, amongst other committee duties at the University of Newcastle. Previously, I coordinated the Centre of Public Philosophy in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics (2004-2008) at Monash University, Clayton campus. My brief at The Centre for Public Philosophy was to connect the community, particularly school and professional communities, with dimensions of philosophy and philosophical thinking. In this role I provided community and media liaison with academic philosophers; lead and developed school programs for students and teachers in ethics and critical thinking. This work was based on the premiss that philosophy and philosophical thinking can help teachers and young people engage with the complexity of ethical, meaning-centred education and promote critical dialogue in society. I am currently the coordinator of Teach Outreach in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, since 2012. This role promotes community-university connectivity by providing opportunities for a wide range of community partners to engage volunteering pre-service teachers in supportive, structured and supervised learning and teaching activities. Activities include, for example, volunteering experiences in special needs, disadvantaged groups, refugee groups, reading, writing and maths tutoring, Indigenous literacy initiatives, sports carnivals, music tutoring, excursions and school celebrations.

Collaborations
I most recently collaborated with international scholars and special edition editors Dr Georgina Stewart (University of Auckland) and Liz Jackson (University of Hong Kong) in the field of philosophy of education to bring together a special edition of Educational Philosophy and Theory focused on cutting edge interviews with leading editors in the field. Previously I collaborated with the Evaluation of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2012-13; the evaluation of a Timebanking trial operating in the Hunter, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast during 2012 and 2013 for the Office of Communities and its partner organisations on. Project team members: Professors Max Smith and Allyson Holbrook; A/Prof Kevin Lyons; Drs Johanna Macneil, Daniella Forster and Neville Clement; and Ms. Elizabeth McDonald, from the University of Newcastle; and Dr Mark Freeman from the University of Wollongong in consultation with the NSW Office of Communities.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Teacher Education), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University

Keywords

  • Educational philosophy
  • Foundations
  • Philosophy of education
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional practice
  • Teacher education
  • Values education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified 50
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2008 Coordinator

Part time contract

Monash University
Centre for Public Philosophy
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2007 Teacher- Secondary Lauriston Girls' School, Armadale, VIC
Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge (I.B.) and English Teacher
Australia
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Publications

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


Presentation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Perell D, Forster DJ, ERROR INVALID CATEGORY: FOR PUBLICATION RP_UID 269500 (2014)
2014 Forster DJ, Barron RJ, ERROR INVALID CATEGORY: FOR PUBLICATION RP_UID 269501 (2014)

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Stewart G, Forster DJ, 'Conclusion to Special Issue: Academic Publishing, Philosophy of Education and the Future', Educational Philosophy and Theory, (2016)
DOI 10.1080/00131857.2015.1069034
2015 Forster DJ, 'Publishing and Intergenerational Learning for the Future of Philosophy in Education: An interview with Paul Smeyers', Educational Philosophy and Theory, (2015)
DOI 10.1080/00131857.2015.1069039
2015 Forster DJ, Archer J, Tajin RT, 'Volunteering within initial teacher education: Factors that boost and block participation', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40 168-184 (2015) [C1]

Voluntary professional experience can be a powerful way for initial teacher education (ITE) students to develop an understanding of schools and their communities. Do ITE students ... [more]

Voluntary professional experience can be a powerful way for initial teacher education (ITE) students to develop an understanding of schools and their communities. Do ITE students make use of these opportunities? There is little Australian research that explores genuine volunteering that does not "require" students to engage with the community. We conducted an on-line survey with 141 ITE students who were eligible to participate in a volunteer program. What factors reduced volunteering and what factors enhanced it? The results showed that, while students value volunteering and can point to benefits that come from it, most are unable or unwilling to participate. What factors differentiate those students who do volunteer despite the demands of complex, busy lives?.

DOI 10.14221/ajte.2015v40n11.10
Co-authors Jennifer Archer
2013 Chapman A, Forster D, Buchanan R, 'The Moral Imagination in Pre-service Teachers' Ethical Reasoning', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.14221/ajte.2013v38n5.8
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2012 Forster DJ, 'Codes of ethics in Australian education: Towards a national perspective', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37 Article 1 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2009 Butchart S, Forster DJ, Gold I, Bigelow J, Korb K, Oppy G, Serrenti A, 'Improving critical thinking using web based argument mapping exercises with automated feedback', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25 268-291 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 6
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Forster DJ, 'Social theory and education research: understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida', Journal of Educational Administration and History (2016)
DOI 10.1080/00220620.2015.1034578

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, 'Digital Dilemmas and the Mediation of the Entrepreneurial Self' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2013 Forster DJ, 'Reading the im/possibility of ethics in pre-service teacher professional experiences', Edited Proceedings 43rd PESA Conference 2013: Measuring Up in Education (2013) [E1]
2012 Chapman A, Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, 'The moral imagination in pre-service teachers ethical reasoning', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2009 Forster DJ, 'Why teachers ought to be uncertain, if not ignorant', Philosophy of Education Society of Australia 2008 Conference (2009) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Smith M, Holbrook A, Lyons K, Macneil J, Forster D, Clement N, et al., 'Evaluation of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2012-13. Final Report: Timebanking Trial', The NSW Office of Communities (2014) [R1]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons, Johanna Macneil, Maxwell Smith, Allyson Holbrook
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $75,000

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20141 grants / $10,000

The Changing World of Volunteerism: Challenges and Opportunities$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Daniella Forster
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400125
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $60,000

Evaluation of the Flagship Projects for the NSW volunteering Strategy$60,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Communities
Project Team Professor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Doctor Daniella Forster
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1200610
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20091 grants / $5,000

Conceptualizing teacher beliefs as emergent properties$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Daniella Forster
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190365
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Who is the Good Teacher as a Person?
PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Daniella Forster

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Philosophy, Religion and Theology

Contact Details

Email daniella.forster@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8653
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HA85
Building Hunter
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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