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Dr Maura Sellars

Lecturer

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

Maura Sellars was a student at Froebel Institute in London before completing B. Ed (Hons) at the London Institute of Education. The focus of the student centred early childhood pedagogies have permeated her work as a classroom teacher, researcher and writer. An experienced teacher, she has taught across all primary grades in schools in the UK and Australia for almost 30 years, during which she gained a Dip.Ed. in Religious Education from ACU's Queensland campus before graduating from ACU (Strathfield) with M.Ed. (Research) in addition to working in several executive roles including Senior Teacher, Primary Coordinator, Deputy Principal, Cluster Mathematics Consultant and Acting Principal. On becoming part of the permanent, ongoing staff of the School of Education at the University of Newcastle in 2003, her initial responsibilities were all on Mathematics. She redesigned both on- campus face to face courses and distance packages in Mathematics for postgraduate students.  She also completed a PhD, which focussed on examining the capabilities of 10-12 year old students to develop the cognitive capacities of executive function. With a background in creativity, she aims to produce practical, engaging and fulfilling programs that are inclusive and socially just in nature. She has worked extensively in Professional Preparation, mathematics and concepts of numeracy as social practice. She is working currently on developing resources to support all teachers become effective teachers of numeracy, on strategies that support the development of 21st century thinking and learning and on making mathematics and numeracy meaningful for students.

Research Expertise
I have completed a master's degree by thesis. My PhD research focused on designing a classroom intervention to investigate Gardner's perspective on executive function. This was implemented in Stage 3 classrooms early in 2008. I am currently working with a local primary school and have DET permission to implement my intervention program in their stage three classes in 2011. I am interested in developing the executive skills of adolescent learners who use their self knowledge to produce better academic results and in working with teachers to support their personal learning and professional development.

Teaching Expertise
I have taught all primary classes and combinations of grades. My experience spans 28 years in school settings. At this University I have taught in the Primary mathematics courses for both undergraduate and Diploma of Education (primary) (Dip Ed)programs and K-6 teaching and learning in HSIE, Literacies across the curriculum, Professional preparation for beginning teacher competencies and the Student Research project courses. I have also taught in Dip Ed courses for teaching in K-6 English, K-6 HSIE and Professional preparation. I teach professional preparation for the third year undergraduate courses and prepare all the K-6 interns and Early Childhood interns who wish to undertake internship in a school setting.

Administrative Expertise
Deputy Principal (Primary School) Acting Principal (Primary School) University Admin Expertise Course coordinator (EDUC2048, EDUC2049, EDUC2031, EDUC3142, EDUC3055, EDUC4045, EDUC 4056, EDUC4749,EDUC6738, EDUC6739,EDUC6749, EDUC6706, EDUC6707) Program convenor Diploma of Education (Primary) Program Convenyor B.Teach/ B. Arts (Primary Deputy Director Professional Experience School representative on Faculty Board

Collaborations
Inclusive practices in classrooms Curriculum differentiation Intrapersonal intelligence and its impact on academic performance Theories of Executive function Strength based pedagogies Transformative pedagogies Acknowledging commonalities, celebrating difference Primary aged students and cognition, self regulation , motivation and affect Students setting their own performance goals and related achievement Teacher's work and professional preparation (K-6) Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory Teacher preparation Creativity and 21st Century Learning Numeracy as social practice


Qualifications

  • PhD, Australian Catholic University
  • Bachelor of Education, University of London
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Religious Educ), McAuley College - Queensland
  • Master of Education, Australian National University

Keywords

  • 21Century Learning
  • Differentiation K-6
  • Multi-level Pedagogy
  • Numeracy
  • Numeracy and teachers' perceptions
  • Professional preparation
  • Transformative pedagogies
  • accommodating learner differences
  • differentiation
  • executive function
  • inclusive practices
  • intrapersonal intelligence
  • mathematics K-6
  • teacher education and professional development

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080699Information Systems not elsewhere classified55
130299Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified15
139999Education not elsewhere classified30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - 31/12/2011Membership - AERAAmerican Educational Research Association (AERA)
United States
1/05/2003 - Lecturer, Program Conveynor B.Teach/B.Arts, DDPEUniversity of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2004Award for Outstanding Educational Research
Unknown

Invitations

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2003need to check
Organisation: CARE organisation Description: The Chair of the organising committee attended a presentation that I gave as part of the LEARN conference in Grenada, Spain in 2003. As a result of her interest in the work I was engaging with, she invited me to present at the inaugural CARE conference in Kuala Lumper.
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Publications

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


Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Sellars M, Reflective Practice for Teachers, Sage, London, 280 (2014) [A2]
2008Sellars M, Using Students' Strengths to Support Learning Outcomes: A Study of the Development of Gardner's Intrapersonal Intelligence to Support Increased Academic Achievement for Primary School Students, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 97 (2008) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Sellars M, 'Teaching Gardner's Multiple intelligence theory as a tool for differentiation: Intelligence for opening doors', Teaching Psychology Around the World: Volume 2, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 266-281 (2009) [B1]

Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Sellars M, 'A study of students' capacities to develop the skills, knowledge and cognitive capacities of executive function: Students and executive function', International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 20 77-88 (2014) [C1]
2012Sellars M, 'Exploring executive function: Multiple Intelligences' personalised mapping for success', The International Journal of Learning, 18 293-304 (2012) [C1]
2012Sellars M, 'Teachers and change: The role of reflective practice', Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 55 461-469 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.09.525
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2011Sellars M, 'Developing skills for a lifetime of learning: Strategies to develop flexible thinking', Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 29 102-109 (2011) [C1]
2008Sellars M, 'Intelligence for the 21st century: A discussion of intrapersonal and emotional intelligences', The International Journal of Learning, 15 79-87 (2008) [C1]
2008Sellars M, 'Education for the 21st century: Three components of a new pedagogy', International Journal of the Humanities, 6 27-33 (2008) [C1]
2008Sellars M, 'Students and their learning: Initiatives and partnerships', Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 7 139-146 (2008) [C1]
2006Sellars M, 'The role of intrapersonal intelligence in self directed learning', Issues in Educational Research, 16 95-119 (2006) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2005Sellars M, Sanber S, 'Intrapersonal Intelligence', The International Journal of Learning, 12 - (2005) [C1]
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Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Sellars M, 'A celebration of Monet's In The Norwegian', Proceedings from 11th InSEA European Congress CySEA, Lemesos, Cyprus (2012) [E2]
2012Sellars M, 'Teachers as mentors, students as constructors of knowledge', International Conference. The Future of Education 2nd edition, Florence, Italy (2012) [E2]
2011Sellars M, 'The executive function of intrapersonal intelligence: Educating for personal competence', American Educational Research Association 2011 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (2011) [E3]
2011Sellars M, 'Teachers as researchers: The challenges faced by three teachers participating in one action research study', Proceedings of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, London, UK (2011) [E3]
2008Sellars M, 'Teaching Gardner's multiple intelligences theory as a tool for differentiation', Third International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology: ICTP-2008, St Petersburg, Russia (2008) [E3]
2006Sellars M, 'Students' perceptions of success in English as indicated by their learning goals', AARE 05. Education Research. Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia (2006) [E1]
2005Sellars M, 'Intrapersonal Intelligence: Supporting Students in the English Classroom', The Learning Conference 2005 Designs for Learning, Granada, Spain (2005) [E2]
2005Sellars M, Sanber S, 'The role of intrapersonal intelligence in self-directed learning', 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education: 2005 Conference Proceedings, Honolulu (2005) [E2]
2005Sellars M, 'Developing Intrapersonal intelligence to support students at risk in the classroom', C.A.R.E Intenational Conference 2005, Kuala Lumpur (2005) [E2]
2004Sellars M, Noble T, Sanber S, 'Strategies that work: a discussion of strategies developed and implemented by students to achieve learning goals', Conference Paper, Singapore (2004) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$16,680

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20141 grants / $2,000

Create, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, 2 - 4 October 2014.$2,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400975
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20122 grants / $8,760

Supporting Smarter Schools Project Study 5$7,260

Funding body: Tighes Hill Public School

Funding bodyTighes Hill Public School
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeResearch Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100827
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

The Future of Education, Florence, 7-8 June 2012$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200505
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $1,500

British educational Research Conference, London, 6 - 8 September 2011$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100807
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $1,700

The third International Conference onthe Teaching of Psychology, St Perersburg, Russia, 12/7/2008 - 16/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188671
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $1,970

The Twelfth International Conference on Learning, 11-14 July 2005$1,970

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185389
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $750

Innovation and Enterprise: Education for the new economy$750

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Maura Sellars
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184839
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Building Capacity for Leadership and Teaching in Australian Schools
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Vietnamese Educational Practice and 21st Century Skills: A Case Study in "Three C's"
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Art Studio Learning: Connecting Self; Other; World
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Innovating Method of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam from Teacher - Centered Teaching to Learner - Centered Teaching: An Investigation of the Reality of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Innovating Method of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam from Teacher - Centered Teaching to Learner - Centered Teaching: An Investigation of the Reality of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Maura Sellars

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Emailmaura.sellars@newcastle.edu.au
Phone17919
Fax16895

Office

RoomHA71
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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