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Biography

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

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.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130313Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian College of Educators

Teaching

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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Publications

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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 (7 outputs)

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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-authors: Robert Parkes

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)
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]
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 (8 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: Debra Donnelly

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]
2009Sharp HL, Stanley L, Hayward M, 'Critiquing undergraduate student participation in academic research using Kincheloe and Steinberg¿s eight cognitive benefits', HERDSA, Darwin (2009)
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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Report (1 outputs)

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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]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

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2011Sharp HL, Constructing history: Selective representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in Queensland History curriculum., University of Southern Queensland (2011)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$21,100

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2014 (2 grants)

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

Media, War and Memory, Auckland, New Zealand, 18 - 19 September 2014$1,100
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Heather Sharp
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,10020142014
GNo:G1400969

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
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020112011
GNo:G1100371
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.4

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
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorEfficiency of ELL's Autonomous Practice Through Interactive CALL
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
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Dr Heather Sharp

Work Phone02 4921 8700
Email
PositionsLecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic Consultant
Equity and Diversity
Academic Division
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HA65,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/heather-sharp