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 www.facebook.com/groups/HistoryNetwork/" target="_blank">History Network for Teachers and Researchers (HNTR); and an Associate Editor of http://hej.hermes-history.net/" target="_blank">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

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/10/2014 - 1/12/2014Casual Academic ConsultantUniversity of Newcastle
Equity and Diversity
Australia
1/01/2014 - Lecturer In EducationUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/07/2010 - 2/07/2010Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
19/11/2009 - 18/12/2009LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
17/02/2009 - 30/06/2009Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2008 - Membership - Australian College of EducatorsAustralian College of Educators
Australia
1/11/2007 - 1/03/2010Lecturer, Curriculum Design and DevelopmentUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/11/2007LecturerUniversity of Southern Queensland
Faculty of Education

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2006Secondary TeacherDepartment 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
2007Sharp HL, 'Current Curriculum Theory and Design in SOSE', Education for Healthy Communities, Pearson, Frenches Forest 93-116 (2007)
2007Sharp 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Sharp HL, 'Habermas¿s Three Forms of Knowledge, Active Citizenship, and the Australian (History) Curriculum', Agora, 50 28-34 (2015)
2014Sharp 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]
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) [C1]
DOI10.3167/jemms.2014.060101
2014Parkes 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-authorsRobert Parkes
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]
DOI10.4471/hse.2013.11
2012Sharp HL, 'Australia's 1988 Bicentennial: National history and multiculturalism in the primary school curriculum', History of Education, 41 405-421 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1080/0046760X.2011.625557
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2007Sharp HL, 'Farewell to The History Teacher.', The History Teacher, 44 10-22 (2007)
2006Sharp HL, 'QHTA 2006 State Conference Report.', The History Teacher, 28-29 (2006)
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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-authorsRobert 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', HERDSA, Darwin (2009)
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]
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]
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]
2006Sharp 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Sharp 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-authorsDebra Donnelly

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
Co-authorsJ Bennett, Rebecca Beirne, Debra Donnelly, Robert Parkes, Kath Grushka, Robert Imre, Chris Falzon, Josephine May

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Sharp HL, Constructing history: Selective representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in Queensland History curriculum., University of Southern Queensland (2011)
2005Sharp 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 grants5
Total funding$45,336

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20152 grants / $24,236

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

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Heather Sharp, Associate Professor Josephine May, Doctor Jill Barnes, Ms Vicki Parkes
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500901
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: Department of Veterans` Affairs

Funding bodyDepartment of Veterans` Affairs
Project TeamDoctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kathryn Grushka, Doctor Heather Sharp, Ms Vicki Parkes
SchemeAnzac Centenary Local Grants Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1400633
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20142 grants / $16,100

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

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Catherine Hart, Associate Professor Josephine May, Doctor Heather Sharp
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400959
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Heather Sharp
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400969
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Heather Sharp
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100371
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015The 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
2015ICT 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
2014Efficiency of ELL's Autonomous Practice Through Interactive CALL
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Promoting ICT Integration in Indonesian EFL Classroom Through In-service Teacher Professional Development
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012The Application of Communicative Language Teaching Approach within English as Foreign Language Context
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011The 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
2008Equity 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

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010Equity versus excellence: An exploration into high achieving students' perspectives of their academic experiences in an inclusive classroom
Education, University of Southern Queensland
Sole Supervisor
2007Embedding 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

Emailheather.sharp@newcastle.edu.au
Phone02 4921 8700

Office

RoomHA65
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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