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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Australian Catholic University, 20/04/2010
  • Master of Education, Australian National University, 02/09/2004
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Religious Educ), McAuley College - Queensland, 05/12/1989
  • Bachelor of Education, University of London, 01/08/1973

Research

Research keywords

  • Differentiation K-6
  • Numeracy and teachers' perceptions
  • executive function
  • intrapersonal intelligence
  • teacher education and professional development

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 professioanl development.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080699Information Systems Not Elsewhere Classified55
139999Education Not Elsewhere Classified30
130299Curriculum And Pedagogy Not Elsewhere Classified15

Memberships

Other

  • Member - AERA

Awards

Research Award.

2004Award for Outstanding Educational Research
New South Wales Institute of Educational Research (Australia)
As an Early Career Researcher, this award is important to my motivation and commitment to high quality research

Invitations

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CARE organisation, Malaysia (Invited Presenter)
2003

Collaboration

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

Administrative

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

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • 21Century Learning
  • Multi-level Pedagogy
  • Numeracy
  • Professional preparation
  • Transformative pedagogies
  • accommodating learner differences
  • differentiation
  • inclusive practices
  • mathematics K-6

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Sellars M, 'The role of intrapersonal intelligence in self directed learning', Issues in Educational Research, 16 95-119 (2006) [C1]
2005Sellars M, 'Developing Intrapersonal intelligence to support students at risk in the classroom', C.A.R.E Intenational Conference 2005, Kuala Lumpur (2005) [E2]
2005Sellars M, 'Intrapersonal Intelligence: Supporting Students in the English Classroom', The Learning Conference 2005 Designs for Learning, Granada, Spain (2005) [E2]
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]
2008Sellars M, 'Students and their learning: Initiatives and partnerships', Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 7 139-146 (2008) [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]

Publications

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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, 'Teachers and change: The role of reflective practice', Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 55 461-469 (2012) [C1]
2012Sellars M, 'Exploring executive function: Multiple Intelligences' personalised mapping for success', The International Journal of Learning, 18 293-304 (2012) [C1]
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]
2005Sellars M, Sanber S, 'Intrapersonal Intelligence', The International Journal of Learning, 12 (2005) [C1]
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Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Sellars M, 'Teachers as mentors, students as constructors of knowledge', International Conference. The Future of Education 2nd edition, Florence, Italy (2012) [E2]
2012Sellars M, 'A celebration of Monet's In The Norwegian', Proceedings from 11th InSEA European Congress CySEA, Lemesos, Cyprus (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, 'Developing Intrapersonal intelligence to support students at risk in the classroom', C.A.R.E Intenational Conference 2005, Kuala Lumpur (2005) [E2]
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]
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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2014 (1 grants)

Create, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, 2 - 4 October 2014.$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1400975

2012 (2 grants)

Supporting Smarter Schools Project Study 5$7,260
Funding Body: Tighes Hill Public School

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,26020122012
GNo:G1100827

The Future of Education, Florence, 7-8 June 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200505

2011 (1 grants)

British educational Research Conference, London, 6 - 8 September 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100807

2008 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188671

2005 (1 grants)

The Twelfth International Conference on Learning, 11-14 July 2005$1,970
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,97020052005
GNo:G0185389

2004 (1 grants)

Innovation and Enterprise: Education for the new economy$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Maura Sellars
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020042004
GNo:G0184839
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.1

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
20122017M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorDo Year 10 Visual Arts Students Engaged in the Production of a Body of Work Over Time Develop Self-Determination
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Dr Maura Sellars

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PositionLecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
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Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/maura-sellars