Dr Kate Ferguson-Patrick

Dr Kate Ferguson-Patrick

Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Kate taught in primary settings in the UK and Australia for 15 years before joining the University of Newcastle, initially as a school/university liaison teacher and currently as a permanent primary curriculum and pedagogy specialist. Kate’s concern is for 21st century learning, promoting collaboration through cooperative learning, and intercultural understanding through global education through her research and teaching practice. Kate wrote her PhD thesis on Cooperative Leaning and democracy classrooms. She has developed professional development programs for early career teachers to assist them in implementing cooperative strategies and democratic processes in busy and ever increasingly accountable primary classrooms. Her research in this area of globally valuable strategies to build cohesive classrooms has resulted in a number of international publications and presentations at Australian research conferences as well as in Hong Kong, the UK, Spain and Sweden. Kate led a school teaching professional development initiative as an academic mentor in the Australian Government Quality Teaching Project. Kate has been a visiting scholar at the University of Umea (Sweden).  Kate was a winner of the Faculty of Education and Arts Postgraduate Research Publication Prize in 2012 Kate is also the community outreach coordinator for the GERT (Global Education Research and Teaching) team with a group of colleagues in the School of Education.  The team has a new book on International perspectives in global education published through SENSE publications and many recent journal articles as well as a recent chapter in a US book. Our recent research focus is on intercultural understanding.

Research Expertise
Cooperative learning, Democracy classrooms, Intercultural understanding, Global education, Teacher professional learning, Early career teachers, Action learning/research, Mentoring, Quality Teaching, Primary Mathematics, Academic Partner (Australian Government Quality Teaching Project), HSIE and Social Education.

Teaching Expertise
Integrated and differentiated curriculum, Teaching and Learning in HSIE K-6, Teaching and Learning in Maths K-6, Cooperative learning and pedagogy, professional experience and preparation

Administrative Expertise
Program convening (Primary BT/ BA) Professional experience

Collaborations
My research interest lies in cooperative learning, democracy classrooms, intercultural understanding, early career teachers, multi-level pedagogies, integrated curriculum, and global education

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours), Nottingham Trent University - UK
  • Master of Arts (Childrens Literature and Literacy), University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Action research
  • Children's literacy and literature
  • Cooperative learning
  • Democratic classrooms
  • Differentiation
  • Early career teachers
  • Global Education
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Multi-level pedagogies
  • Primary education
  • Professional Preparation
  • Quality Teaching
  • Teaching and Learning in Primary HSIE
  • Teaching and Learning in Primary Maths

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified 20
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 20
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2004 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education and Arts
Australia
1/06/2001 - 1/12/2002 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education and Arts
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
National Conference Organiser Social Educators Association of Australia Inc (SEAA)
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1993 - 1/12/2003 Teacher NSW Department of School Education
Education & Arts
Australia
1/03/1991 - 1/12/1992 Classroom Teacher NSW Department of Education
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2012 Faculty of Education and Arts Postgraduate Research Publication Prize
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Teaching Award

Year Award
2014 Dean of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Global Education Research and Teaching Team
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
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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 R, Bradbery D, Brown J, Carroll K, Donnelly D, Ferguson-Patrick K, Macqueen S, Contesting and constructing international perspectives in global education (2015) [A3]

© 2015 Sense Publishers. All rights reserved.This volume addresses the need for an international perspective on global education, and provides alternate voices to the theme of gl... [more]

© 2015 Sense Publishers. All rights reserved.This volume addresses the need for an international perspective on global education, and provides alternate voices to the theme of global education. The editors asked international educators in different contexts to indicate how their own experience of global education addresses the broad and contested concepts associated with this notion. Following the lead of the internationally acknowledged authors from North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia, perspectives were provided on a wide variety of contexts including tertiary education, and teacher education; various pedagogies for global education, including digital pedagogies; and curriculum development at school, tertiary and community levels. Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education explores the tensions inherent in discussions of global education from a number of facets including spatial, pedagogical, temporal, social and cultural; and provides critical, descriptive and values-laden interpretations. The book is divided into five sections, Temporal and Spatial Views of Global Education; Telling National Stories of Global Education; Empowering Citizens for Global Education; Deconstructing Global Education; and Transforming Curricula for Global Education. It is envisaged as a starting point for a stronger international conception of global education and a way to build a conversation for the future of global education in a neo-liberal and less internationally confident time.

DOI 10.1007/978-94-6209-989-0
Co-authors Debbie Bradbery, Ruth Reynolds, Debra Donnelly, Joanna Brown, Suzanne Macqueen

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Macqueen S, Ferguson-Patrick, 'Where¿s the Action in Global Education? Employing Global Education for Lasting Change through Teacher Education', Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam 115-124 (2015) [B1]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen
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) [B1]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds, Debbie Bradbery, Joanna Brown, Debra Donnelly
2015 Reynolds RM, Brown J, Carroll K, Donnelly D, Ferguson-Patrick, Macqueen S, Bradbery D, 'Introduction: Interpreting Global Education', Contesting and Constructing International Perspectives in Global Education, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam 1-7 (2015) [B2]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Debra Donnelly, Suzanne Macqueen, Debbie Bradbery, Joanna Brown

Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Ferguson-Patrick K, 'The importance of teacher role in cooperative learning: the effects of high-stakes testing on pedagogical approaches of early career teachers in primary schools', Education 3-13, 1-13 (2016)

© 2016 ASPECooperative learning (CL) has a strong research base, but it is underutilised. This can be explained by teachers¿ reluctance to experiment with pedagogies in an envir... [more]

© 2016 ASPECooperative learning (CL) has a strong research base, but it is underutilised. This can be explained by teachers¿ reluctance to experiment with pedagogies in an environment increasingly focused on high-stakes testing. Early career teachers (ECTs) need support to be innovative practitioners, particularly with such a complex one as CL. The teacher¿s role is crucial in order to scaffold the students¿ participation in the primary classroom in order to improve their learning and it is teachers¿ pedagogical practices that help to develop these collaborative work habits. This paper explores ECTs responses relating to their role in CL instruction.

DOI 10.1080/03004279.2016.1189946
2014 Ferguson Patrick K, MacQueen S, Reynolds R, 'Pre-service teacher perspectives on the importance of global education: World and classroom views', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 20 470-482 (2014) [C1]

In an era of international multimedia exposure and a global economy, there is no question that global education (GE) must be part of the school curriculum. Effective delivery of G... [more]

In an era of international multimedia exposure and a global economy, there is no question that global education (GE) must be part of the school curriculum. Effective delivery of GE is reliant on adequate teacher preparation. A group of teacher educators at one University sought to raise the profile of GE with pre-service teachers through the integration of global perspectives in various courses. This paper explores pre-service teacher perceptions of the importance of GE and their learning as a result of this emphasis. Additionally, pre-service teacher preferences for further learning about GE are examined. It is apparent that pre-service teachers are interested in GE, especially in terms of how they can incorporate it in their teaching and, with exposure over a number of semesters student understandings develop, creating better prepared teachers of GE. Not surprisingly, these students were primarily focused on their future classroom practices rather than their role in the world more generally. Additionally, it was clearly evident that unique GE approaches were linked to specific teaching disciplines, an indication that GE continues to be a difficult concept to incorporate without explicit guidance for integration, something not always easy in a university setting. © 2014 Taylor and Francis.

DOI 10.1080/13540602.2014.881639
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Suzanne Macqueen
2013 Reynolds R, Ferguson-Patrick K, McCormack A, 'Dancing in the ditches: reflecting on the capacity of a university/school partnership to clarify the role of a teacher educator', European Journal of Teacher Education, 36 307-319 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02619768.2012.755514
Citations Scopus - 9
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
2013 Reynolds R, Brown JR, Donnelly D, Bradbery D, Ferguson-Patrick, Macqueen S, 'Teaching Global Education: Lessons Learned for Classroom Teachers', Ethos, 21 18-22 (2013) [C2]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Debra Donnelly, Debbie Bradbery, Joanna Brown, Ruth Reynolds
2011 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Professional development of early career teachers: A pedagogical focus on cooperative learning', Issues in Educational Research, 21 109-129 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
2010 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Cooperative learning and quality teaching: Early career teachers striving for quality', The International Journal of Learning, 16 385-400 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2008 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'The values of citizenship in a cooperative classroom: Early career teachers' perspectives', The Social Educator, 26 11-18 (2008) [C1]
2007 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Writers develop skills through collaboration: An action research approach', Educational Action Research, 15 159-180 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09650790701314585
Citations Scopus - 5
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Conference (20 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 (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Debbie Bradbery, Joanna Brown, Ruth Reynolds, Debra Donnelly
2014 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Cooperative Learning: ¿Democracy Stance¿ in Early Career Teachers', LICE-2014 Proceedings (2014) [E1]
2012 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Developing an inclusive democratic classroom 'in action' through cooperative learning', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program (2012) [E1]
2012 Ferguson-Patrick SK, MacQueen SE, Reynolds RM, 'Global education in teacher education programs: Views from pre-service teachers', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Ruth Reynolds
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 (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Joanna Brown, Debbie Bradbery, Debra Donnelly, Ruth Reynolds
2011 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'A pedagogical focus on cooperative learning: Retaining quality early career teachers through professional', BERA Annual Conference. Final Programme (2011) [E3]
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 (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Debra Donnelly, Ruth Reynolds, Debbie Bradbery
2010 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Cooperative learning for deep transformative citizenship: relationships for social justice', Learning for Life: Sustainability, Global Citizenship and Social Justice. SEAA Biennial Conference with SASOSE Annual Conference. Paper Sessions - Full Abstracts (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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Debra Donnelly, Debbie Bradbery, Ruth Reynolds, Suzanne Macqueen
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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Debbie Bradbery, Debra Donnelly, 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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Debra Donnelly, Debbie Bradbery, Ruth Reynolds
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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Suzanne Macqueen, Debra Donnelly, Debbie Bradbery
2009 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Cooperative learning and quality teaching: Early career teachers striving for quality', 16th International Conference on Learning: Sessions (2009) [E3]
2009 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Early career teachers' changes to practice, confidence and understandings in cooperative learning: A case study doctoral project update', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings (2009) [E2]
2008 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Cooperative learning for multidimensional and multicultural citizenship', SEAA Conference Proceedings (2008) [E1]
2007 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Initial understandings and perceptions of cooperative learning: A case study doctoral project', AARE 2007 Conference: Index to Conference Papers, Abstracts and Symposia (2007) [E2]
2007 McCormack AC, Reynolds RM, Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Supporting action research/learning in schools through academic partnerships', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Annual Conference (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
2007 Ferguson-Patrick SK, McCormack AC, Reynolds RM, 'Academic partners mentoring action research: Reflecting on the learning process from multiple perspectives', Differing Perceptions of the Participative Elements of Action Research (2007) [E2]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
2006 Reynolds RM, McCormack AC, Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'University/School Partnerships: Journeys of Three Academic Partners', AARE 05. Education Research. Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions (2006) [E2]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
2006 Ferguson-Patrick SK, McCormack AC, Reynolds RM, 'Academic partners mentoring action research: Reflecting on the learning process from multiple perspectives', Extending Professionalism, Improving Pratice: Exploring the Impact of Action Research (2006) [E2]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Teachers and intercultural competence: the need to develop citizens committed to social justice through Global Education', Teachers and intercultural competence: the need to develop citizens committed to social justice through Global Education ( issue.2 pp.69-70). USA: International Assembly of the National Council for Social Studies (2016)
2015 Ferguson-Patrick SK, 'Exploring challenging, controversial and confronting topics in Social Studies teaching: editor's message', Exploring challenging, controversial and confronting topics in Social Studies teaching: editor's message ( issue.1 pp.150-152). USA: International Assembly of the National Council for Social Studies (2015)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Ferguson-Patrick SK, Establishing a democracy classroom: cooperative learning and good teaching, University of Newcastle (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $177,975

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


20151 grants / $1,480

International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education, Hong Kong, 14-15 May 2015$1,480

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500182
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20142 grants / $32,786

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 2015
GNo G1400717
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

The London International conference on Education (LICE-2014), London, United Kingdom, 10 - 12 November 2014.$2,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400938
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $750

AARE 2013 (Australian Association for Research in Education), Hilton Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013$750

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301027
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $99,807

Global Education in Teacher Education$99,807

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, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Mrs Suzanne MacQueen, Doctor Julie McLeod
Scheme Global Education Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1000821
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,000

The Learning International Conference, Barcelona Spain, 1-4 July 2009$1,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190022
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $967

AARE - International Educational Research Conference, Queensland University, Brisbane, 30/11/2008 - 4/12/2008$967

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189506
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20074 grants / $37,705

Equity Research Fellowship - teaching relief$20,638

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186935
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Equity Research Fellowship 2007 - Research Grant$8,091

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187290
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Cooperative learning and good pedagogy: An action research case study approach$7,407

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188149
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

AARE International Educational Research Conference, Fremantle WA, 25/11/2007 - 29/11/2007$1,569

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187996
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $1,500

Collaborative Action Research Conference 2006, Nottingham University UK, 10-12 November 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186893
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $1,980

Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference, 5-7 November 2004$1,980

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kate Ferguson-Patrick
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184561
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Kate Ferguson-Patrick

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email kate.fergusonpatrick@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7764
Fax (02) 4921 7887
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Office

Room HA75
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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