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Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta

Associate Professor

The Wollotuka Institute

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Maree Gruppetta is a Guyinbaraay woman currently working in the Wollotuka Centre at the University of Newcastle in the role of Associate Professor Research and Research Engagement. Prior to her current position Maree was Senior Lecturer, AREP Education Course Advisor and Head of Program at the Badanami Centre for  Indigenous Education at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) for four years after teaching in the School of Education at UWS for eight years and prior to that was teaching in both primary and secondary schools. Maree taught extensively in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Programs whilst at UWS and she was nominated in the top 10 lecturers of the year at UWS in 2009, and was then nominated for a Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in 2011. 

Prior to her university career Maree has taught in both Primary and Secondary classrooms, including Special Education classrooms, after completing a B.Tch (Primary) with distinction, for which she received a UWS Dean’s award for academic excellence, and a B. Ed (Hons) (1), for which she was awarded a University Medal, followed by a M.Teach in Special Education (Secondary), also awarded with Distinction.  Maree was awarded a PhD in Gifted Education in 2010 and has over 30 publications in education, ethics and research fields, including a range of peer reviewed articles and chapters and many conference presentations and keynotes. She currently teaches extensively in Education, Aboriginal Education, Ethics, and qualitative research areas, including Indigenous Methodologies.

Maree’s total research income to date is $951,216 and she has been involved in several research projects investigating the education and/or training experience of teachers and their students, school students and pre-service teachers such as: Assessing Professional Teaching Standards in Practicum Using Digital Technologies with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Pre-Service Teachers; an OLT Priority Project (2010–2012) undertaken in collaboration with UWS, CSU and ACU; and an ASISTM project on literacy and numeracy using interactive whiteboards in secondary school settings (2007–2009). Her research has also explored the experiences of youth partaking in training programs and community engagement projects, such as Enterprise Education Projects and Juvenile Justice Programs. Maree is currently involved in the More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI), the Aspire to Inspire initiative which is aimed at encouraging more Aboriginal students to enrol in university.

Whilst at UWS Maree was also a member of the UWS Indigenous Australian Employment Strategy Consultative Committee 2009-2012 and was awarded the Indigenous Employment and Engagement Champion Award in 2011 for her work in improving Aboriginal employment and training opportunities at UWS.  She is currently supervising five Indigenous New Career Academics (INCA) at the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle, to further facilitate career opportunities for Aboriginal Academics.

Research Expertise
Research Expertise: I am currently supervising several RHD students in a variety of topic areas, including education, Aboriginal education, Art therapy, whilst completing research projects and continuing my own areas of research for publication.

Teaching Expertise
Teaching Expertise: I have over sixteen years experience teaching in education and taught extensively in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Programs, and I am currently teaching in Aboriginal Education and Research Methodology. I was nominated in the top 10 lecturers of the year at UWS in 2009, and was nominated for a Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in 2011.

Administrative Expertise
Administration Expertise: I have considerable experience in running programs, co-ordinating courses and units, and supervising academic staff.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Western Sydney
  • Certificate III in Tertiary Preparation, TAFE (NSW)
  • Certificate in Tertiary Preparation, TAFE (NSW)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Western Sydney
  • Certificate III in Aboriginal Studies, TAFE (NSW)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours), University of Western Sydney
  • Master of Teaching, University of Western Sydney
  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management, CompTIA

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Autophenomenology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Gifted
  • Gifted Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • Indigenous Methodology
  • Multicultural Education
  • Primary Education
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Science Teaching
  • Special Education
  • hermeneutic dialectic methodology

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130301Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education25
160807Sociological Methodology and Research Methods25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/04/2015 - 1/02/2017Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/02/2009 - 1/02/2012Head of Program/Course AdvisorUniversity of Western Sydney
Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
Australia
1/02/2008 - 1/02/2009Student Access and Learning Support University of Western Sydney
Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/02/2008LecturerUniversity of Western Sydney
School of Education
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Gruppetta MM, Mason T, 'The universal appeal of Facebook©: Providing access to tertiary students from Australian Aboriginal communities', Social Media in Higher Education: Teaching in Web 2.0, IGI Global, Hershey, PA 262-284 (2013) [B1]
2012Gregson R, Gruppetta MM, 'Making connections with the student's world', Connecting with Science Education, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC 21-54 (2012) [B2]
2011Gruppetta MM, Mason T, 'Embracing the Facebook © Phenomenon', Democratic Access to Education, Department of Education, Antioch University, Los Angeles 199-212 (2011)
2008Gruppetta MM, 'Inadvertent Offence: When ¿a little knowledge is a dangerous thing', Religion, Spirituality and Social Science Research, Policy Press, United Kingdom 191-202 (2008) [B2]
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Journal article (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Gruppetta MM, 'Investigating the role and Experiences of Gifted and Talented Co-ordinators', Gifted Education International, 19 132-141 (2005)

Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Gruppetta MM, 'Critical creativity: Collage as research', IAFOR North American Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Providence, RI, USA (2015)
2014Fletcher GL, 'Speaking from our CORE: Reviving Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice', Peer Reviewed Abstract, Wagga Wagga (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsGabrielle Fletcher, Stephanie Gilbert
2014Fletcher GL, 'The Floating CORE: Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice', Peer Reviewed Abstract, Wagga Wagga (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsGabrielle Fletcher
2014Gruppetta MM, Fletcher G, Gilbert S, Conlan D, Kelly R, Chambers B, Griffith J, 'Speaking from our CORE: Reviving Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice.', Engagement Australia, Wagga Wagga (2014)
Co-authorsGabrielle Fletcher, Stephanie Gilbert
2014Gruppetta MM, Fletcher G, 'The Floating CORE: Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice', Engagement Australia, Wagga Wagga (2014)
Co-authorsGabrielle Fletcher
2013Gruppetta MM, 'Revising metaphoric research imagery to reflect results', Fourth Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities. ACAH 2013., Ramada Osaka Hotel, Japan (2013)
2012Hine A, Butler K, Garlin F, Gruppetta MM, Gunawardana U, Lazar N, et al., 'First year advisors: An institutional innovation for transition and retention of first year higher education students', 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
2007Gruppetta MM, Hall J, 'Email as communicative data: The tyranny of distance.', New Paradigms and Methods in Educational and Social Research, Los Angeles (2007)
2005Gruppetta MM, '¿Snowball recruiting¿: Capitalising on the theoretical ¿six degrees of separation¿', Measurement and Assessment in Educational and Social research, Krakow (2005)
2004Gruppetta MM, 'From Singular to Shared Viewpoints: Establishing an Ethnographical Setting with a Majority of One', Theory, Facts and Interpretation in Educational and Social Reseach, Czestochowa (2004)
2004Gruppetta MM, 'Autophenomenography? Alternative uses of autographically based research.', Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne (2004)
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gruppetta MM, Vozzo L, Hatton C, Reid J, Pietsch M, Bennet M, et al., 'Assessing professional teaching standards in practicum using digital technologies with Indigenous and non-Indigenous pre-service teachers', Office for Learning and Teaching, 150 (2014)

Thesis / Dissertation (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Gruppetta MM, The Life Journey of Gifted Adults: a narrative exploration of developmental differences, University of Western Sydney (2010)
2004Gruppetta MM, Enhancing the access of students with mild intellectual disabilities to the core science curriculum in a secondary inclusive school setting., University of Western Sydney (2004)
2003Gruppetta MM, Investigating and Challenging the Experiences of Gifted and Talented Co-Ordinators in P.F.S.P. Schools in Western Sydney., University of Western Sydney (2003)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$733,343

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20131 grants / $53,343

2013 MATSITI Evaluation$53,343

Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Funding bodyDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project TeamProfessor John Lester, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Associate Professor James Ladwig, Doctor Mark Lock
SchemeMore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300915
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20091 grants / $280,000

ICT Enabled Learning and Widening Participation at the University of Western Sydney: The Kindling of a Flame$280,000

Funding body: Charles Darwin University

Funding bodyCharles Darwin University
Project Team
SchemeShared
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

20061 grants / $400,000

Literacy and numeracy using Interactive Whiteboards in secondary school settings$400,000

Funding body: University of Western Australia

Funding bodyUniversity of Western Australia
Project Team
SchemeASISTM
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Fishing in Port Stephens and the Hunter NSW: Techniques, Methods and the Fish Economy of Aboriginal People Pre and Post Colonisation
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Miyaya Marama-li Girl Hand Make
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Persuing the Dream: Graduating More ATSI Doctors
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Creating a Theoretical Framework for 21st Century Aboriginal Pedagogies
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012Supporting the Maternal Health of Indigenous Australian Women with SMS Text Messaging
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012Supporting the Maternal Health of Indigenous Australian Women with SMS Text Messaging
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2012North: Remembering Country
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Bangawara Naa - Ways of Making and Seeing Creative Aboriginal Knowledges
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta

Position

Associate Professor
The Wollotuka Institute
Academic Division

Contact Details

Emailmaree.gruppetta@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6768
Fax(02) 4921 6985

Office

RoomSAS 2.08
BuildingBirabahn Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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