Dr Heather Sharp

Lecturer In Education

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Heather Sharp is a Lecturer and Director, Teaching Quality at the School of Education, convenor of the History Network for Teachers and Researchers (HNTR); and an Associate Editor of Historical Encounters. Her current research investigates historical representations in school curriculum, particularly textbooks and also examines the written and visual texts in picture books that deal with conflict.

Heather’s research has included analysis of the representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in History textbooks across selected time periods of the Twentieth Century; and more recently, the exploration of competing representations of Gallipoli in Australian and Turkish history textbooks. Heather’s scholarship has adopted a bricolage approach that encompasses Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), historical methodologies, and visual analysis techniques, framed within a Gramscian and Althusserian understanding of hegemony.

After working as a secondary school teacher (English and History) for a number of years, Heather began my University career in January 2006. She has taught and coordinated Education courses in the areas of: transformative pedagogies, philosophies of education, History curriculum and pedagogies, literacies, education as a professional career, assessment, and professional experience.

Research Expertise
My PhD is titled: Constructing history: Selective representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in Queensland History curriculum. The research was conducted through a bricolage approach, encompassing Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), historical methodologies, visual analysis techniques and framed within an understanding of hegemony as espoused by Gramsci and Althusser. The thesis analysed representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in History textbooks across selected time periods of the twentieth century. I conduct research on academic and undergraduate student research partnerships. This explores the power relationships, cognitive benefits and socialising impacts that occur when academics and students work together, outside of official university courses. Beginning teacher induction is an area I have researched, specifically investigating the connection between expectations of professional support and the realities beginning teachers experience in a school setting.

Teaching Expertise
I have the following broad university teaching expertise: supervisor of Honours and Masters students; course coordination of first, second and third year courses; lecturing and tutoring of courses across secondary, primary and middle school degree programs. I have also coordinated programs for Research Higher Degree students who wish to embark on an academic career.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Education, Deakin University
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • English curriculum
  • History Curriculum
  • History curriculum
  • Student-Academic Research

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Australian College of Educators Australian College of Educators
Australia
1/11/2007 - 1/03/2010 Lecturer, Curriculum Design and Development University of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/11/2007 Lecturer University of Southern Queensland
Faculty of Education

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2006 Secondary Teacher Department of Education, Queensland
Secondary Schools
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Little S, Sharp HL, Stanley L, Hayward M, Gannon-Leary P, O'Neill P, Williams J, 'Collaborating for staff-student partnerships: Experiences and observations', Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education, Continuum, London 215-225 (2011) [B1]
2011 Sharp HL, Stanley L, Hayward M, 'Breaking research boundaries: Academics and undergraduates engaged in collaborative research', Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education, Continuum, London 201-214 (2011) [B1]
2007 Sharp HL, 'Current Curriculum Theory and Design in SOSE', Education for Healthy Communities, Pearson, Frenches Forest 93-116 (2007)
2007 Sharp HL, 'Introduction to Understanding the SOSE Curriculum', Education for Healthy Communities, Pearson, Frenches Forest 52-65 (2007)
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Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Sharp HL, 'Habermas¿s Three Forms of Knowledge, Active Citizenship, and the Australian (History) Curriculum', Agora, 50 28-34 (2015)
2014 Sharp HL, 'Historical representation of Gallipoli in the Australian curriculum: What does a critical analysis of textbooks reveal about the Gallipoli campaign?', Agora, 49 14-23 (2014) [C1]
2014 Sharp HL, 'Representing Australia's Involvement in the First World War: Discrepancies between public discourses and school history textbooks from 1916 to 1936.', Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society, 6 1-23 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.3167/jemms.2014.060101
2014 Parkes RJ, Sharp H, 'Nietzschean perspectives on representations of national history in Australian school textbooks: What should we do with Gallipoli?', ENSAYOS, Revisita de la Facultad de Educación de Albacete, 29 159-181 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Robert Parkes
2013 Sharp HL, 'What We Teach Our Children: A Comparative Analysis of Indigenous Australians in Social Studies Curriculum, from the 1960s to the 1980s.', Social and Education History, 2 176-204 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.4471/hse.2013.11
2012 Sharp HL, 'Australia's 1988 Bicentennial: National history and multiculturalism in the primary school curriculum', History of Education, 41 405-421 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/0046760X.2011.625557
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2007 Sharp HL, 'Farewell to The History Teacher.', The History Teacher, 44 10-22 (2007)
2006 Sharp HL, 'QHTA 2006 State Conference Report.', The History Teacher, 28-29 (2006)
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Sharp HL, Parkes RJ, 'Nietzschean perspectives on a national History curriculum: What should we do with Gallipoli?', AARE Conference Proceedings, Adelaide, South Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Robert Parkes
2012 Sharp HL, 'History textbooks as historical representations: A critical analysis of curricula', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2009 Sharp HL, Stanley L, Hayward M, 'Critiquing undergraduate student participation in academic research using Kincheloe and Steinberg¿s eight cognitive benefits', HERDSA, Darwin (2009)
2009 Huon GF, Sharp HL, 'Centre for Teaching and Learning seminar room', Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Positive Outcomes by Design. Proceedings of the Next Generation Learning Spaces 2008 Colloquium, University of Queensland, Australia (2009) [E2]
2009 Sharp HL, Stanley L, Hayward M, 'Critiquing undergraduate student participation in academic research using Kincheloe and Steinberg's eight cognitive benefits', The Student Experience. Proceedings of the 32nd HERDSA Annual Conference, Darwin, Australia (2009) [E1]
2008 Sharp HL, Turnbull C, 'Brown bag lunches and a journal club: Establishing communities of practice in a tertiary context', HERDSA 2008: 31st Annual HERDSA Conference. Conference Handbook, Rotorua, NZ (2008) [E3]
2006 Sharp HL, 'Examining the Consequence of Inadequate Induction for Beginning Teachers', AARE 2006 International Education Research Conference: Engaging Pedagogies, Adelaide, South Australia (2006)
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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 Debra Donnelly

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 Kath Grushka, Josephine May, Rebecca Beirne, Debra Donnelly, Robert Parkes, Robert Imre, Chris Falzon, J Bennett

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Sharp HL, Constructing history: Selective representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in Queensland History curriculum., University of Southern Queensland (2011)
2005 Sharp HL, Reality versus perception: How beginning teachers struggle to achieve optimum success in today's classroom., Deakin University (2005)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $45,336

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

20142 grants / $16,100

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

Media, War and Memory, Auckland, New Zealand, 18 - 19 September 2014$1,100

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Heather Sharp
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400969
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $5,000

Representations of Gallipoli in World War 1: Australia-Turkey textbook research and analysis.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Heather Sharp
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100371
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 The Measures to Improve the Quality of Teaching English in Public High Schools in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015 ICT Use in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Curriculums in Vietnam's Universities
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015 History education in Vietnamese schools from 1986 to present
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 Efficiency of ELL's Autonomous Practice Through Interactive CALL
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013 Promoting ICT Integration in Indonesian EFL Classroom Through In-service Teacher Professional Development
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 The Application of Communicative Language Teaching Approach within English as Foreign Language Context
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011 The Impact of Disaggregating Concept and Specialist Language on Content Learning and Academic Identity Formation: An Instructional Approach for English Language Learners in Content-Rich Subjects
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008 Equity versus excellence: An exploration into high achieving students' perspectives of their academic experiences in an inclusive classroom
Education, University of Southern Queensland
Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010 Equity versus excellence: An exploration into high achieving students' perspectives of their academic experiences in an inclusive classroom
Education, University of Southern Queensland
Sole Supervisor
2007 Embedding ICTs in the SOSE curriculum
Education, University of Southern Queensland
Sole 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 Heather Sharp

Position

Lecturer In Education
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email heather.sharp@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 4921 8700

Office

Room HA65
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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