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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

Code Description Percentage
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 25
160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods 25
130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2009 - 1/02/2012 Head of Program/Course Advisor University of Western Sydney
Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
Australia
1/02/2008 - 1/02/2009 Student Access and Learning Support University of Western Sydney
Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/02/2008 Lecturer University 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Gruppetta 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]
2012 Gregson R, Gruppetta MM, 'Making connections with the student's world', Connecting with Science Education, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC 21-54 (2012) [B2]
2011 Gruppetta MM, Mason T, 'Embracing the Facebook © Phenomenon', Democratic Access to Education, Department of Education, Antioch University, Los Angeles 199-212 (2011)
2008 Gruppetta 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)

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

Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Gruppetta MM, 'Critical creativity: Collage as research', IAFOR North American Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Providence, RI, USA (2015)
2014 Fletcher GL, 'Speaking from our CORE: Reviving Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice', Peer Reviewed Abstract, Wagga Wagga (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Gabrielle Fletcher, Stephanie Gilbert
2014 Fletcher GL, 'The Floating CORE: Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice', Peer Reviewed Abstract, Wagga Wagga (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Gabrielle Fletcher
2014 Gruppetta 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-authors Gabrielle Fletcher, Stephanie Gilbert
2014 Gruppetta MM, Fletcher G, 'The Floating CORE: Indigenous Community as Pedagogical Practice', Engagement Australia, Wagga Wagga (2014)
Co-authors Gabrielle Fletcher
2013 Gruppetta MM, 'Revising metaphoric research imagery to reflect results', Fourth Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities. ACAH 2013., Ramada Osaka Hotel, Japan (2013)
2012 Hine 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]
2007 Gruppetta MM, Hall J, 'Email as communicative data: The tyranny of distance.', New Paradigms and Methods in Educational and Social Research, Los Angeles (2007)
2005 Gruppetta MM, '¿Snowball recruiting¿: Capitalising on the theoretical ¿six degrees of separation¿', Measurement and Assessment in Educational and Social research, Krakow (2005)
2004 Gruppetta 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)
2004 Gruppetta MM, 'Autophenomenography? Alternative uses of autographically based research.', Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne (2004)
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Gruppetta 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Gruppetta MM, The Life Journey of Gifted Adults: a narrative exploration of developmental differences, University of Western Sydney (2010)
2004 Gruppetta 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)
2003 Gruppetta 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 grants 3
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 body Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project Team Professor John Lester, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Associate Professor James Ladwig, Doctor Mark Lock
Scheme More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300915
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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 body Charles Darwin University
Project Team
Scheme Shared
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

20061 grants / $400,000

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

Funding body: University of Western Australia

Funding body University of Western Australia
Project Team
Scheme ASISTM
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.25
PhD2.35

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Fishing 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, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Miyaya Marama-li Girl Hand Make
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Persuing the Dream: Graduating More ATSI Doctors
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters Creating a Theoretical Framework for 21st Century Aboriginal Pedagogies
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Supporting the Maternal Health of Indigenous Australian Women with SMS Text Messaging
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Supporting the Maternal Health of Indigenous Australian Women with SMS Text Messaging
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2009 PhD A Study into Aboriginal Adult Learners Perceptions of the Effects of the Learning Environment on Motivation and Metacognition
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Bangawara Naa - Ways of Making and Seeing Creative Aboriginal Knowledges
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 Masters North: Remembering Country
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta

Position

Associate Professor
The Wollotuka Institute
Academic Division

Contact Details

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

Office

Room SAS 2.08
Building Birabahn Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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