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Dr Debra Donnelly

Senior Lecturer

School of Education (History)

Career Summary

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.

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).

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.

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.

Collaborations
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).


Qualifications

  • PhD (Pedagogy), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship), Charles Sturt University
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Secondary HSIE
  • global education
  • historical feature films
  • historical understanding
  • history education
  • pre-service teaching
  • teaching pedagogies
  • visual media pedagogies

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management) 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2015 -  Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1989 -  Membership - NSW History Teachers Association NSW History Teachers Association
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1980 - 1/12/2004 Secondary Head Teacher Department of Education and Training
Secondary Education
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Reynolds RM, Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education, SENSE Publishers, Rotterdam, 234 (2015)

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Donnelly DJ, Grushka K, 'THE DIGITAL STUDIO AS A GLOBAL EDUCATION SITE IMAGING TO EXAMINE ISSUES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS', Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education, Sense Publiishers, Rotterdam 173-186 (2015)
2015 Reynolds RM, Bradbery D, Brown J, Donnelly D, Ferguson-Patrick K, Macqueen S, Ross A, 'A values-based Pedagogical Stance: Teaching teachers for Global Education in Australia', The State of Global Education. Learning with the world and its people., Routledge, New York 174-188 (2015)
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds, Kate Fergusonpatrick
2015 Reynolds RM, 'One Size Fits All? Global Education for Different Educational Audiences', Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education, SENSE Publishers, Rotterdam 27-42 (2015)
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
2015 Reynolds RM, 'Introduction: Interpreting Global Education', Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education, SENSE Publishers, Rotterdam 1-10 (2015)
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
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Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Donnelly DJ, 'Using Feature Film in the Teaching of History: The Practitioner Decision-Making Dynamic', Journal of International Social Studies, 4 17-27 (2014) [C1]
2014 Parkes RJ, Donnelly D, 'Changing conceptions of historical thinking in History education: An Australian case study', Tempo e Argumento, 6 113-136 (2014)

Many nations have experienced conflict over the content of their History curriculum, and debates over the relative importance of skills (historical thinking) versus content (histo... [more]

Many nations have experienced conflict over the content of their History curriculum, and debates over the relative importance of skills (historical thinking) versus content (historical knowledge). Australia is no exception. This paper seeks to contribute to discussions over the importance of historical thinking in History education by exploring the changing conceptions of historical thinking in the History curricula of New South Wales (NSW) (Australia's most populous state; which evolved from the earliest British colony; has an uninterrupted tradition of History teaching in high schools; and a rather unique post-compulsory extension course). Recently, History has become a mandatory subject in all Australian schools from the foundation year through to the last year of compulsory schooling [F-10], for the first time since the federation of the Australian states (1901), when curriculum was constitutionally determined to be a State responsibility. This paper charts the changing forms and relative importance of historical thinking as an explicit outcome of History education in NSW History curricula, from its emergence in the 1970s elective History curriculum to current explication in the NSW syllabi for the mandatory Australian 'national' Curriculum. It also explores the nature and significance of the post-compulsory 'senior' History extension course in NSW, an option for History students in the final non-compulsory year of schooling. This extension course boldly incorporates the study of historiography, requiring students to apply their meta-historical insights in an original historiographic investigation, anchoring complex historical theory in an experience of being an historian. We argue that the move to incorporate historiography into the curriculum expands the notion of what constitutes historical thinking in History education. Thus, we conclude by reflecting on what these different ways of conceptualising historical thinking mean for the social and educational function of history, and what implications they suggest for History education.

DOI 10.5965/2175180306112014113
2014 Parkes RJ, Donnelly D, 'Changing conceptions of historical thinking in History education: an Australian case study', Tempo e Argumento, 6 113-136 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.5965/2175180306112014113
Co-authors Robert Parkes
2014 Grushka K, Donnelly DJ, Goodlad N, 'Visual Learning and Pre-Service Teachers in the Post-Literate Age', Australian Art Education, 36 40-55 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Kath Grushka
2014 Grushka K, Donnelly D, Clement N, 'Digital Culture and neuroscience: A conversation with learning and curriculum.', Digital Culture & Education, 6 358-373 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Kath Grushka
2014 Parkes 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) [C1]
DOI 10.5965/2175180306112014137
Co-authors Robert Parkes
2014 Parkes RJ, Donnelly D, 'Changing conceptions of historical thinking in History education: an Australian case study', Tempo e Argumento, 6 113-136 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.5965/2175180306112014113
Co-authors Robert Parkes
2014 Donnelly DJ, 'Using Feature Films in Teaching Historical Understanding: Research and Practice', Agora (Sungrapho), 49 4-12 (2014) [C1]
2013 Brown 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]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds, Joanna Brown, Debbie Bradbery, Kate Fergusonpatrick
2013 Donnelly 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]
2010 Grushka 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Reynolds RM, Bradbery D, Brown J, Donnelly D, Ferguson Patrick K, Macqueen S, 'Building a Global Education perspective in teacher education', Abstracts. Pacific Circle Consortium Conference, Sydney (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Joanna Brown, Debbie Bradbery, Kate Fergusonpatrick, Suzanne Macqueen
2013 Donnelly 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]
2013 Grushka 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) [E3]
Co-authors Kath Grushka
2012 Donnelly 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)
2012 Donnelly DJ, 'Feature film as historical representation: Lessons for and from the classroom', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012 Donnelly 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
2012 Donnelly 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
2012 Reynolds 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]
Co-authors Joanna Brown, Debbie Bradbery, Kate Fergusonpatrick, Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds
2011 MacQueen 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]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Debbie Bradbery, Ruth Reynolds, Kate Fergusonpatrick
2011 Donnelly 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) [E3]
2010 Donnelly 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]
2010 Donnelly DJ, 'Feature films in the History classroom: The when, why and how of teacher practice', History Teachers' Association of Australia, Sydney (2010) [E3]
2010 Reynolds 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]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Suzanne Macqueen, Kate Fergusonpatrick, Debbie Bradbery
2010 Reynolds 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]
Co-authors Kate Fergusonpatrick, Debbie Bradbery, Ruth Reynolds, Suzanne Macqueen
2010 Ferguson-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]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds, Debbie Bradbery, Kate Fergusonpatrick
2010 MacQueen 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]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds, Kate Fergusonpatrick, Debbie Bradbery
2008 Donnelly 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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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Sharp HL, Donnelly DJ, 'Representations of World War I in Contemporary Children's Picture Books', ( pp.28-28). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology (2014) [O1]
Co-authors Heather Sharp

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Grushka K, Bennett J, Parkes RJ, Beirne R, Donnelly D, Falzon C, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', Centre for Learning and Teaching, 18 (2013) [R1]
Co-authors Chris Falzon, Kath Grushka, Robert Parkes, Josephine May, Heather Sharp, Rebecca Beirne, J Bennett, Robert Imre

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Donnelly 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 grants 12
Total funding $229,341

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20152 grants / $24,236

Comparing Our Pasts (COP) International Pilot Study$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Heather Sharp, Associate Professor Josephine May, Doctor Jill Barnes, Ms Vicki Parkes
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500901
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

iANZAC: Young People's Visions of ANZAC$9,236

Funding body: Department of Veterans` Affairs

Funding body Department of Veterans` Affairs
Project Team Doctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kathryn Grushka, Doctor Heather Sharp, Ms Vicki Parkes
Scheme Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400633
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20143 grants / $76,572

Project to assess intercultural competency in preservice and in service teachers$30,786

Funding body: Professional Teachers Council of NSW

Funding body Professional Teachers Council of NSW
Project Team Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Mrs Deborah Bradbery, Mrs Jo Brown, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Mrs Suzanne MacQueen
Scheme Global Education Project NSW
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400717
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Project to assess intercultural competency in preservice and in service teachers$30,786

Funding body: Professional Teachers Council of NSW

Funding body Professional Teachers Council of NSW
Project Team Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Mrs Deborah Bradbery, Mrs Jo Brown, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Mrs Suzanne MacQueen
Scheme Global Education Project NSW
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400717
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, Society$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

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
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400959
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Debra Donnelly
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300643
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20103 grants / $98,774

Global Education in Teacher Education$82,454

Funding body: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)

Funding body AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)
Project Team Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Mrs Deborah Bradbery, Mrs Jo Brown, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Mrs Suzanne MacQueen, Doctor Julie McLeod, Mr Rob Metcalfe
Scheme Global Education Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000821
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: Gosford High School

Funding body Gosford High School
Project Team Doctor Deborah Hartman, Doctor Victoria Clay, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Ms Margaret Martin
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000931
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

SEAA Biennial Conference 2010, Adelaide, 18-21 February 2010$820

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Debra Donnelly
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900134
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $26,759

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Teaching Relief$22,239

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Debra Donnelly
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188330
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

2008 Equity Research Fellowship - Research Grant$4,520

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Debra Donnelly
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188213
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,500

New Staff Grant 07$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Debra Donnelly
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188251
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Archaeological Sights: Uncovering the Past by Teaching Teachers how to Dig it
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 The Impact of Historical Consciousness On the Teaching of the History Extension In New South Wales
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 Finding Out About the Past Through Documentaries: The Role and Significance of Documentary Films in Informing, Educating and Influencing Historical Consciousness
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013 Ambitious Pedagogies: Exploring Mediating Citizenship Through the Teaching and Learning of History
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013 An Exploration of the Motives and Meta-Historical Understanding of Family History Researches
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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News

iANZAC Project

Capturing young people’s visions of ANZAC

November 6, 2014

The University of Newcastle's (UON) Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education and Society Research Network (HERMES) has been awarded an ANZAC Centenary Grant to capture and disseminate what ANZAC means to young Australians and their communities.

Dr Robert Parkes

UON Research Group Launches World-class Journal

July 1, 2014

The University of Newcastle's Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, and Society (HERMES) Research Group has launched its inaugural issue of Historical Encounters.

Dr Debra Donnelly

Position

Senior Lecturer
Secondary HSIE Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

History

Contact Details

Email debra.donnelly@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6231
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HC74
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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