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Biography

Dr Debra Donnelly is a history educator and program convenor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, NSW, working in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has a secondary school background with extensive classroom, school administration and welfare experience across a range of educational settings in NSW and overseas. Debra’s has worked as a consultant for the NSW Board of Studies on School Certificate and Higher School Certificate examination boards and as a HSC marker.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Pedagogy), Monash University, 29/01/2013
  • Master of Arts, University of Newcastle, 29/04/1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 21/04/1979
  • Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship), Charles Sturt University, 20/10/2006
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 13/07/2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 06/05/1994

Research

Research keywords

  • global education
  • historical feature films
  • historical understanding
  • history education
  • visual media pedagogies

Research expertise

Debra’s research interests centre on the role of the visual and media in the development of historical consciousness in an age of ever-increasing access through modern technology. It seeks to explore and clarify the relationship between teacher conceptual frameworks of historical understanding, problematic knowledge and historical representation and memory and pedagogical practice. Debra has also undertaken research into global education and citizenship and the role of image making in the exploration, communication and disruption of knowledge. Debra is a founding member of HERMES (historical experience, representation, memory, education and society), an interdisciplinary research group based at the University of Newcastle, Australia whose two main lines of research concern historical consciousness and history education (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/institute/educational-research-institute-newcastle/affiliations/hermes).

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130205Humanities And Social Sciences Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Economics, Business And Management)100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - NSW History Teachers Association

Collaboration

Debra’s research interests centre on the role of the visual and media in the development of historical consciousness in an age of ever-increasing access through modern technology. It seeks to explore and clarify the relationship between teacher conceptual frameworks of historical understanding, problematic knowledge and historical representation and memory and pedagogical practice. Debra has also undertaken research into global education and citizenship and the role of image making in the exploration, communication and disruption of knowledge. Debra is a founding member of HERMES (historical experience, representation, memory, education and society), an interdisciplinary research group based at the University of Newcastle, Australia whose two main lines of research concern historical consciousness and history education (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/institute/educational-research-institute-newcastle/affiliations/hermes).

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Debra Donnelly is a history educator and program convenor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, NSW, working in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has a secondary school background with extensive classroom, school administration and welfare experience across a range of educational settings in NSW and overseas. Debra’s has worked as a consultant for the NSW Board of Studies on School Certificate and Higher School Certificate examination boards and as a HSC marker in English and Ancient History.

At the University, Debra has been the program convenor of the BT (Sec)/ BA for the past five years and is a member of the Faculty Progress and Appeals Committee.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Secondary HSIE
  • history education
  • pre-service teaching
  • teaching pedagogies

Teaching expertise

Dr Debra Donnelly is a history educator and program convenor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, NSW, working in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has a secondary school background with extensive classroom, school administration and welfare experience across a range of educational settings in NSW and overseas. Debra came to the University of Newcastle with an extensive secondary teaching career and has taught History and Geography (Years 7-10), HSC Modern and Ancient History, Society and Culture and Extension History. Debra’s has worked as a consultant for the NSW Board of Studies on School Certificate and Higher School Certificate examination boards and as a HSC marker in Ancient History and English.

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Publications

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Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Parkes RJ, Donnelly D, 'Changing conceptions of historical thinking in History education: an Australian case study', Tempo e Argumento, 6 113-136 (2014) [C1]
2014Parkes RJ, Donnelly DJ, 'Concepções em mudança do pensamento histórico no ensino da história: um estudo de caso australiano', Revista Tempo e Argumento, 6 137-161 (2014)
2014Donnelly DJ, 'Using Feature Film in the Teaching of History: The Practitioner Decision-Making Dynamic', Journal of International Social Studies,, 4 17-27 (2014)
2013Donnelly DJ, 'Teaching history using feature films: Practitioner acuity and cognitive neuroscientific validation', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL LEARNING TEACHING AND RESEARCH, 12 16-27 (2013) [C1]
2013Brown JR, Donnelly D, Bradberry D, Ferguson-Patrick K, Macqueen S, Reynolds R, 'Teaching Global Education: Lessons Learned for Classroom Teachers', Ethos, 21 18-22 (2013) [C2]
2010Grushka KM, Donnelly DJ, 'Digital technologies and performative pedagogies: Repositioning the visual', Digital Culture & Education (DCE), 2 83-102 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Kath Grushka

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Conference (17 outputs)

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2014Sharp HL, Donnelly DJ, 'Representations of World War I in Contemporary Children's Picture Books', Media, War and Memory JMAD Conference 2014, Auckland, New Zealand (2014)

Co-authors: Heather Sharp

2013Donnelly DJ, 'Pathways to disciplinary understanding: the utilization of feature films in history education.', Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Victoria, Canada (2013) [E3]
2013Grushka KM, Donnelly D, 'Beyond illustration in the post-literate age: Visual pedagogies in higher education', Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference abstracts, Victoria, Canada (2013)

Co-authors: Kath Grushka

2012Donnelly DJ, Grushka KM, 'Digital global learning: The world of images, affect and new understandings', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Kath Grushka

2012Reynolds RM, Brown JR, Bradbery DR, Donnelly DJ, Ferguson-Patrick SK, MacQueen SE, 'Globalizing teacher training: Embedding global education perspectives in multi-disciplinary pre-service teacher programs', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E1]
2012Donnelly DJ, 'Feature film as historical representation: Lessons for and from the classroom', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Donnelly DJ, Grushka KM, 'Panopticism, pedagogy and playgrounds: 'Responsible' spaces in upper-primary school contexts', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Kath Grushka

2012Donnelly DJ, 'Feature films, pedagogy and historical understanding', My History Your History Our History National Conference of the History Teachers' Association of Australia, Mount Lawley, Perth (2012)
2011MacQueen SE, Ferguson-Patrick SK, Bradbery DR, Donnelly DJ, McLeod JC, Reynolds RM, 'Integrating global education with teacher education', BERA Annual Conference. Final Programme, London (2011) [E3]
2011Donnelly DJ, Sharp H, 'Museums and learning to teach history: A cognitive apprenticeship approach', Building bridges for historical learning: Connecting teacher education and museum education, Canberra (2011)
2010Reynolds RM, Bradbery DR, Donnelly DJ, Ferguson-Patrick SK, MacQueen SE, McLeod JC, 'Teaching global education - individual stories of working the politics of teacher education', Paper presented to Collaborative Action Research Network conference, Cambridge, UK (2010) [E3]
2010MacQueen SE, Bradbery DR, Donnelly DJ, Ferguson-Patrick SK, McLeod JC, Reynolds RM, 'Integrating for global education with preservice teachers', AARE International Education Research Conference - 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Ferguson-Patrick SK, Bradbery DR, Donnelly DJ, MacQueen SE, McLeod JC, Reynolds RM, 'Global Education with pre-service primary teachers: an integrated approach', Paper presented to the Enhancing Learning Experiences in Higher Education: International Conference, Hong Kong (2010) [E3]
2010Reynolds RM, Bradbery DR, Donnelly DJ, Ferguson-Patrick SK, MacQueen SE, McLeod JC, 'Global education in teacher education - reflections on initiatives across programs in one university', Paper presented at National Council for the Social Studies conference, Denver, CO (2010) [E3]
2010Donnelly DJ, 'Feature films in the History classroom: The when, why and how of teacher practice', History Teachers' Association of Australia, Sydney (2010) [E3]
2010Donnelly DJ, 'Using digital technologies as a catalyst for the exploration of the visual in social education', Learning for Life: Sustainability, Global Citizenship and Social Justice. SEAA Biennial Conference with SASOSE Annual Conference. Paper Sessions - Full Abstracts, Adelaide, SA (2010) [E3]
2008Donnelly DJ, 'Role-playing, politics, citizenship and dressing up: Year 10's re-creations in the 1972 'It's Time' election', SEAA Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Grushka KM, Bennett J, Sharp H, Parkes R, Beirne R, Donnelly D, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', The University of Newcastle (2013) [R1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Donnelly DJ, Adventures in flawed time machines: Feature films, teacher pedagogy and deep historical understanding, Monash University (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$171,819

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2014 (2 grants)

Project to assess intercultural competency in preservice and in service teachers$30,786
Funding Body: Professional Teachers Council of NSW

Project Team
Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Mrs Deborah Bradbery, Mrs Jo Brown, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Ms Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Mrs Suzanne MacQueen
SchemeRole
Global Education Project NSWInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,78620142015
GNo:G1400717

Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, Society$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Catherine Hart, Associate Professor Josephine May, Doctor Heather Sharp
SchemeRole
Strategic Networks GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400959

2013 (1 grants)

Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Vancouver Canada, 1-5 June 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Debra Donnelly
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300643

2010 (3 grants)

Global Education in Teacher Education$79,954
Funding Body: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)

Project Team
Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Mrs Deborah Bradbery, Mrs Jo Brown, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Ms Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Mrs Suzanne MacQueen, Doctor Julie McLeod, Mr Rob Metcalfe
SchemeRole
Global Education ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$79,95420102014
GNo:G1000821

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

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

SEAA Biennial Conference 2010, Adelaide, 18-21 February 2010$820
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Debra Donnelly
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$82020102010
GNo:G0900134

2008 (2 grants)

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$22,239
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Debra Donnelly
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$22,23920082008
GNo:G0188330

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$4,520
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Debra Donnelly
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,52020082008
GNo:G0188213

2007 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 07$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Debra Donnelly
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020072007
GNo:G0188251
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.25
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.5

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
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Impact of Historical Consciousness On the Teaching of the History Extension In New South Wales
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorFinding Out About the Past Through Documentaries: The Role and Significance of Documentary Films in Informing, Educating and Influencing Historical Consciousness
20132017PhD (Education)Co-Supervisor"You Don't Have to Know What You're Looking For... The Significance of Family History Research and its Pedagogical Implications for the 21st Century Classroom".
20132017PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorWe Better Stop, Hey, What's That Sound, Everybody Look What's Going Down (Stills, 1966): Using Popular Music as Critical Pedagogy in the History Classroom
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Dr Debra Donnelly

Work Phone(02) 4921 6231
Fax(02) 4921 7887
Email
PositionLecturer
Secondary HSIE Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHistory
Office
HC74,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/debra-donnelly