Staff Profile


Career Summary


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

My most recent work analyses representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in History curriculum across the twentieth century.


  • PhD, University of Southern Queensland, 02/02/2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, Queensland University of Technology, 28/03/2002
  • Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology, 28/03/2002
  • Master of Education, Deakin University, 15/07/2005
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 12/12/2008


Research keywords

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • History Curriculum
  • Student-Academic Research

Research expertise

I have recently completed my PhD, 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.


  • English

Fields of Research

130313Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators100


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian College of Educators


Teaching keywords

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • English curriculum
  • History curriculum

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.



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Chapter (2 outputs)

2011Little 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]
2011Sharp 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]

Journal article (3 outputs)

2014Sharp 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)
2013Sharp 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]
2012Sharp HL, 'Australia's 1988 Bicentennial: National history and multiculturalism in the primary school curriculum', History of Education, 41 405-421 (2012) [C1]

Conference (5 outputs)

2013Sharp 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

2012Sharp HL, 'History textbooks as historical representations: A critical analysis of curricula', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2009Sharp 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]
2009Huon 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]
2008Sharp 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]
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Report (1 outputs)

2013Grushka 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]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$5,000

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2011 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Heather Sharp
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.1

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

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorPromoting ICT Integration in Indonesian EFL Classroom Through In-service Teacher Professional Development
20122016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Application of Communicative Language Teaching Approach within English as Foreign Language Context

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2010Honours Education
University of Southern Queensland
Sole SupervisorEquity versus excellence: An exploration into high achieving students' perspectives of their academic experiences in an inclusive classroom
2008Masters Education
University of Southern Queensland
Sole SupervisorEmbedding ICTs in the SOSE curriculum

Dr Heather Sharp

Work Phone02 4921 8700
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Callaghan NSW 2308