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Dr Deborah Hartman has been an educator/researcher in the field of gender identities, social and educational outcomes and Family Studies, at the Family Action Centre since 1999. She has a husband and  two sons, a professional background in primary and Indigenous education, an academic interest in language and sociology and an interest in diverse cultures. She combines her personal, professional  and academic interests in  trans-disiciplinary research and teaching in boys' education and family studies. 

Dr Hartman's work has had a significant impact on the field of educating boys. She has widely published, been an invited keynote speaker at many conferences, developed a Master's level specialisation on educating boys and sat on a government advisory committee on the topic. Her PhD thesis, 'Educating boys; What's your problem?' which is a Bourdieusian field analysis of Australian boys' education from 1996 to 2006, was described as a brave, rigorous and forensic contribution to the field. She currently supervises masters and doctoral students exploring aspects of boys' education.

Deborah's current research and teaching  focus is in the discipline of Family Studies. She is the coordinator of the specialisation in International Family Studies in the Master of Family Studies.  This innovative program, which commenced in 2013 has several specialisations of wide interest to practitioners and policy makers.   Deborah teaches and coordinates courses in Families and Cultural Diversity, Strengths and Challenges of Families around the world, Child-centred practice and Family-centred practice.  Her research work in field analysis is contributing to establishing the case for Family Studies as an academic discipline in Australia and towards linking gender and cultural identities, educational outcomes and  family and community programs to enhance positive outcomes for all families and family members. She particularly enjoys on-line teaching, using innovative approaches to developing on-line learning communities which enable students and others to connect with each other across gender, cultural, time and technological divides and harnessing their personal, professional and academic experience and strengths to enhance learning.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 14/11/2014
  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Darwin Community College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Master of Education, Deakin University, 14/05/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Families and Cultrual Diversity
  • Family Studies
  • educating boys

Research expertise

Dr Deborah Hartman has been a educator/researcher in the field of educating boys since 1999. Dr Hartman's work has had a significant impact on the field of educating boys. She has undertaken numerous practice-based action research projects in collaboration with teachers in the field of boys' education. Her doctoral study on the field of Australian boys' education from 1996 to 2006 entitled 'Educating boys: What's your problem' has been described by leading international academics in the field as 'unflinchingly rigorous' and a 'brave and forensic contribution to the field.' She employed Bourdieusian field analysis methods, combined with Critical Discourse Analysis and Argument Catalogue methods in this thesis.

She has been an invited keynote speaker at many conferences in the field and was invited to sit on a government advisory committee on the topic. She was chief investigator for a federal government funded research project on boys' and families literacy strengths and she has written, edited and published a number of well respected books, book chapters, articles and practitioner journals in the field. Her areas of research in this field include the role of gender in education and male identities; teacher/student relationships; models of good practice and curriculum frameworks for educating boys. She supervises doctoral students interested in exploring aspects of these areas, including the relationship between art pedagogy and identity work for teachers and boys.

Currently, Deborah combines her research interests in gender in education with family studies, through Bourdieusian field analysis and critical discourse analysis as well as practitioner action research in both education and family work. Her current research and teaching focus is Families and Cultural Diversity and Child-centred Practice. She is particularly interested in the effects of migration on family forms, family functioning and relationships within the family.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160301Family And Household Studies50
200205Culture, Gender, Sexuality40
111707Family Care10

Memberships

Editorial Board.

  • Convenor of editorial committee, 2002-2007)commisioning editor for 20 editions. - The Boys in Schools Bulletin

Appointments

Advisory Committee member
Department of Education, Science and Training Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools Programme Advisory Committee (Australia)
01/01/2003 - 01/12/2004

Invitations

Australasian Secondary Principals Conference, Melbourne, May, 2004
Australasian Secondary Principals Conference, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2004
Gender in Education...At the Crossroads? Aug 2002
Joint Conference of Australian College of Education (NT), Australian Council of Educational Leaders (NT) and Northern Territory Institute for Educational Research, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2002
New Zealand Boys' Education Conference, Auckland, July, 2004
New Zealand Boys' Education Conference, New Zealand (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2004
Valuing Boys, Valuing Girls: Celebrating Difference and Enhancing Potential Conference
Centre For Excellence in Teaching, Freemantle, W.A., Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2002
3rd Working with Boys, Building Fine Men Conference
Family Action Centre, Australia (Conference convened by FAC)
2005
Inaugural Australian Rock and Water Conference
Family Action Centre, Australia (Conference convened by FAC)
2006

Collaboration

Deborah is a member of the Global Consortium for International Family Studies and is Chair of the Family Relationship Services Australia Research Committee. Her research collaborations are in field and discourse analysis methods contributing to trans-disciplinary understandings of social fields. She is also concerned with evidence and theoretically informed practice, including in the areas of Gender and Education and International Family Studies.

She is currently involved in an international research collaborations around the use of Bourdieusian field analysis methods in a range of academic disciplinary contexts.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Since 2001, Deborah has had a management role in educational and publishing programs about men and boys. In 2006 and 2007, Ms Hartman was Research and Dissemination Manager at the Family Action Centre where she oversaw research grants, government research consultancies, research partnerships with large community organisations and government departments and agencies as well as the publishing arm of the Family Action Centre. She supervised the research functions of three team leaders, four researchers/research assistants, three publication/dissemination officers and eighteen research projects.

For many years, she has been the leader of the Family Action Centre's teaching programs which include Educating Boys, Community Engagement and Volunteering and Family Studies.

She is currently a member of the leadership team of the Family Action Centre which oversees all FAC programs and activities. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Family Action Centre.

She is currently an elected Board member of Family Relationship Services Australia, the peak national body for organisations offering Relationship Services. She is Chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Conference Committee of that Board.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Families and Cultural Diversity
  • Family Studies
  • educating boys

Teaching expertise

In 2001 and 2002, Deborah developed a Graduate Certificate and a specialisation within the Master of Educational Studies with a focus on Educating Boys. Expert practitioners in the field outside the university were brought in to consult on the project. From 2001 to 2006 Ms Hartman lectured in several of the courses and was course and specialisation coordinator in the program. She supervises students doing masters by research and advises several others who are enrolled in the masters by coursework and intend to continue with a research higher degree.

In 2013, Deborah took up the role of Program Convenor for the new Master of Family Studies and Graduate Certificate Family Studies. These trans-disciplinary programs are unique to Australia, combining the study of practice models of Family Work with the study of theoretical and policy approaches to families across the life course. The programs were developed by the Family Action Centre and the Global Consortium for International Family Studies.

Deborah is currently coordinator of the specialisation in International Family Studies. She is course coordinator and/or lecturer in courses in Families and Cultural Diversity, Child-centred Practice; Family-centred Practice and Family Strengths and Challenges around the world. She also supervises students in their capstone experience of the program, Special Project in Family Studies.

Deborah has considerable expertise in on-line teaching, using innovative approaches to developing on-line learning communities which enabling students and others to connect with each other across gender, cultural, time and technological divides and harnessing their personal, professional and academic experience and strengths to enhance learning.

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Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Hartman DK, Educating Boys: The Good News: Insights from a Selection of Papers Presented at the 4th Biennial Working With Boys, Building Fine Men Conference, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 298 (2006) [A3]
1999Hartman DK, I Can Hardly Wait Till Monday: Women Teachers Talk About What Works for Them and for Boys, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 125 (1999) [A2]
1994Hartman D, Aboriginal Languages in Education, IAD Press, Alice Springs, Australia, 0 (1994) [A3]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Tracey P, Hartman DK, 'Year 7 boys on the highway to success', Educating Boys: The Good News: Insights from a Selection of Papers Presented at the 4th Biennial Working with Boys, Building Fine Men Conference, Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 118-125 (2006) [B2]

Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Hartman DK, 'Gender policy in Australian schools: A missed opportunity?', Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 5 3-19 (2011) [C1]
2011Hartman DK, 'Crossing divides: An argument catalogue of submissions to the 2000 Australian Government inquiry into the education of boys', Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 5 81-98 (2011) [C1]
2008Hartman DK, 'Towards new approaches to reviewing literature in gender education', The International Journal of Learning, 15 109-118 (2008) [C1]
2008Hartman DK, 'Leading the way', EQ Australia, 20-22 (2008) [C3]
2006Hartman DK, 'And now for the good news : educating boys is no longer a problem', Boys in Schools Bulletin, 9 34-42 (2006) [C2]
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Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Hartman DK, 'Common, distinct and differing perspectives on the education of boys: An analysis of contributions to the 2000 Federal Government Inquiry into the Education of Boys', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Clay VR, Hartman DK, 'Boys & Families: Literacy Strengths Resources', Boys in Schools Program, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, 54 (2004) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants13
Total funding$507,851

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2014 (1 grants)

Families in a rapidly changing world, Melbourne Australia, 30 July-1 Aug 2014.$1,048
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,04820142014
GNo:G1400743

2013 (1 grants)

3rd International Symposium on Urban Society: Urban Child, youth and Family studies, China 23-29 May 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300753

2011 (1 grants)

Annual Australian Association of Research Education Conference, Hobart, 27/11/2011 - 1/12/2011$1,195
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,19520112011
GNo:G1100915

2010 (1 grants)

Gosford High School, Building on our Strengths, Motivation and Engagement in Year 9 and 10$15,500
Funding Body: Gosford High School

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman, Doctor Victoria Clay, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Ms Margaret Martin
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,50020102011
GNo:G1000931

2008 (3 grants)

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$24,725
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$24,72520082008
GNo:G0188328

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$6,600
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,60020082008
GNo:G0188219

The 15th International Conference on Learning, University of Illinois, Chicago, 3/6/2008 - 6/6/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188926

2007 (3 grants)

Investigation of aspects of project operations in Taree Communities for Children project$77,924
Funding Body: Mission Australia

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms GAYE Sheather
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$77,92420072009
GNo:G0187360

Investigation of a project partnerships in Mt Druitt community for childrens programs$73,000
Funding Body: Mission Australia

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms GAYE Sheather
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$73,00020072009
GNo:G0188148

Investigation of project partnerships in Miller communities for children programs$68,999
Funding Body: Mission Australia

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms GAYE Sheather
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$68,99920072009
GNo:G0188145

2006 (1 grants)

School based Action Research Projects$90,000
Funding Body: NSW Det, Victorian DET

SchemeRole
Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$90,00020062006
GNo:18102367

2005 (1 grants)

School based Action Research Projects$105,660
Funding Body: NSW Department of Education and Training and Victorian Department of Education and Training

SchemeRole
school or cluster based research projects Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$105,66020052005
GNo:18102309

2003 (1 grants)

Developing boys' literacy through community literacy$40,000
Funding Body: Department of Education, Science and Training

Project Team
Doctor Deborah Hartman, Doctor Julie McLeod
SchemeRole
Innovative Projects InitiativeChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00020032003
GNo:G0182524
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152017M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorArt can be a Reflective means for Disengaged Boys and Boys with Health Issues
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Dr Deborah Hartman

Work Phone(02) 4921 6749
Fax(02) 4921 8686
Email
PositionLecturer
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaGender Studies
Office
ST1-3,
The Station ST1,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/deborah-hartman