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Mr Michael Donovan

Lecturer

The Wollotuka Institute (Indigenous Education)

Career Summary

Biography

My Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) were completed through an Aboriginal identified residential program, AREP. This meant that my studies were completed in an away-from-base mode but also I was away from the University setting and distanced from my academic support and my academic supervision. These issues did make some aspects of studies difficult and slowed my progress.

I am also the first male Aboriginal Honours graduate at UWS. I am also the only graduate to complete an Honours program through the AREP or away-from-base mode. I have won a position working as an Academic Partner for the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP) in 2004, this project included, providing professional learning about the NSW Quality Teaching model, supporting teaching practice and identifying means of developing teaching perspectives, reflecting on and analysing actions resulting from professional development and supporting the preparation of the final action research report. This project was with the Nyngan schools cluster, which were the DET High and Primary school in Nyngan. Both schools were introducing to the Quality Teaching Framework at their schools and I supported their understandings and worked with them to incorporate this into various key learning areas across the Primary and High School curriculum. I was one of 2 people who did not work within an education faculty for this project.

Research Expertise

I have worked within Aboriginal education since the early 1990's from an Aboriginal education worker in schools through to doing a PhD in pedagogical practices to support Aboriginal students. Key areas of expertise and interest in my work include: * Engagement of Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge (ACK) in supporting Aboriginal students * Aboriginal education * Aboriginal pedagogical practices * Working with Aboriginal communities * Engaging ACK into teaching practices * NSW Quality Teaching framework * Comparative Indigenous cultures * Use of Information Communication Tools (ICT) in supporting education Peer Reviewed Journal Publication Donovan, M., & Heitmeyer, D. (2000) “To Get the Black Point Across: Linking Technology to Aboriginal Voices” Edited G. Partington in online journal and conference articles. Perth, Edith Cowan University Press. Donovan, M. (2002) “Outcamps: Education Centres to Suit the Needs of Indigenous Communities” Common Ground Publishing, Altona, Victoria. Donovan. M., (2003) “To Watch, Hear and Re-Learn: Electronic Revitalisation Tools for the Gumbaynggir Aboriginal Language. “ Common Ground Publishing, Altona, Victoria. Donovan, M., (2007) “Do Aboriginal Knowledge and Western Education Mix? (To get Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in schools to make all the kids smile)” In The International Journal of the Humanities, edited by Tom Nairn & Mary Kalantzis, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne. 5 (5), 99-104. Donovan, M., (2009) Quality Teaching and Aboriginal students, a NSW model, in the Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, edited by Andrew Gunstone, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria. 12 (1-4),104-115. Donovan, M., (2011) Aboriginal landscapes and their place in the classroom, In The International Journal of Science in Society, edited by Bill Cope and Michael Peters, Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, 12 (3), 243-252. Donovan, M., (in press) Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge it lives in my town. Urban communities and engagement of Aboriginal students, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. Peer Reviewed Book Chapter Donovan, M., (2007) “Can Information Communication Technological Tools Be Used to Suit Aboriginal Learning Pedagogies?” edited by Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Max Hendriks and Stephen Grant, in Indigenous People and Information Technology, Idea Publishers Research Grants Assoc. Prof James Ladwig; Mr Michael Donovan; Dr Wendy Amosa, 2006-2007, “Quality teaching and the cultural knowledge of Aboriginal students in NSW”. NSW Department of Education and Training, Research Grant $50,000 Michael Donovan, 2007-2008 “Analysis of the effectiveness of the NSW Quality Teaching framework in increasing Aboriginal students' educational outcomes”. Australian Research Council, Research Grant $60,000 Michael Donovan, 2007, “Travel to the 5th International Conference on the New Directions in Humanities at the American University, Paris France” University of Newcastle, Umuliko Research Grant $7000 Michael Donovan, 2008 “When Aboriginal language comes to Schools does Aboriginal culture follow?” University of Newcastle Equity Research Fund $23,000 Dr Wendy Elsworth, Michael Donovan, 2010-2011 “Regional Partner Research Team of Stronger Smarter Learning Communities; NSW Hunter Central Coast Region Evaluation Case Study, The Stronger Smarter Institute, Research Grant $170,011 Dr Wendy Elsworth, Michael Donovan, 2010-2011, “Regional Partner Research Team of Stronger Smarter Learning Communities; North & Western Regional NSWEvaluation Case Study, The Stronger Smarter Institute, Research Grant $121,856 Michael Donovan, 2010- 2011 , “Situational analysis of key aspects of the well being of Aboriginal residents in the Upper Hunter Valley” Analysis Case Study, Coal & Allied, Rio Tinto Coal Australia, Research Grant $46,300

Teaching Expertise
I teach across a variety of Aboriginal Studies areas and have taught in the entire program presented by Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies. Currently I teach across a series of course within Aboriginal Studies including education, human rights, traditional Aboriginal society and comparative Indigenous cultures. I am also teaching in the Masters Coursework program. These courses include, " ABOR1370 Working with Aboriginal Communities " ABOR3120 Contemporary Aboriginal Society " ABOR2380 Interpreting the law: Aboriginal customary law & Western law " ABOR3500 Aboriginal education policy & issues " ABOR1330 Traditional Aboriginal society " ABOR3250 Comparative Indigenous culture 2 " ABOR3380 Human rights & the worlds Indigenous Communities " ABOR1110 Introduction to Aboriginal society " ABOR6006 Switching Black power back on in Indigenous learning

Administrative Expertise
I have worked in many various administrative roles within the Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies in the academic and Aboriginal support roles within the school. Academically I have been a course coordinator across a series of courses within the school in both undergraduate and course Masters Courses. I have been the academic coordinator within the School and have organised the academic course and staff workloads to maintain these course. I have re-established the Aboriginal research centre within Wollotuka and co-ordinated the research arm of the school including establishing the schools confirmation process and various Aboriginal student and staff research workshops. I have been the Indigenous Support Coordinator this position manager the Indigenous support staff within Wollotuka and support the social and academic needs of the 300 to 350 Indigenous students at the University of Newcastle. I have also worked as the promotional officer for Wollotuka which included visiting schools and career expos to engage Indigenous students into considering applying to the University of Newcastle. I coordinate the schools Aboriginal education course that includes approximately 1000 education students per each year across 3 campuses. This course in a mandatory element for all education students including 2nd year Primary school education students, 4th year Early childhood and secondary education students and Masters of Teaching students. 


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Honours), University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Western Sydney

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Aboriginal communities and ICT
  • Aboriginal education
  • Aboriginal pedagogy
  • Comparative Indigenous cultures
  • Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
  • Pedagogy
  • Quality Teaching
  • Working with Aboriginal communities
  • Working with Aboriginal communities

Languages

  • Aboriginal English, so described (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080601 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information and Knowledge Systems 30
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified 25
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 45

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2008 Fellowship

ARC - Discovery - Indigenous Researchers' Development

ARC
Australia
1/08/1996 -  Aboriginal Education Assistant Windale Primary School
The Wollotuka Institute
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Aboriginal Community Representative NSW Board Of Studies Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2007 Donovan MJ, 'Can Information Communication Technological Tools be Used to Suit Aboriginal Learning Pedagogies', Information Technology and Indigenous People, IGI Global, Hershey 93-104 (2007) [B1]

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Donovan MJ, 'Aboriginal landscapes and their place in the classroom', The International Journal of Science in Society, 2 243-252 (2011) [C1]
2009 Donovan MJ, 'Quality teaching and aboriginal students, a NSW model', Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 12 104-115 (2009) [C1]
2007 Donovan MJ, 'Do Aboriginal knowledge and western education mix?: To get Aboriginal cultural knowledge in schools to make all the kids smile', International Journal of the Humanities, 5 1-5 (2007) [C1]
2003 Donovan MJ, 'To Watch, Hear and Re-Learn: Electronic Revitalisation Tools for the Gumbaynggir Aboriginal Language', International Journal of the Book, 1 423-431 (2003) [C1]
2002 Donovan M, 'Outcamps: Education Centres to Suit the Needs of Indigenous Communities', International Journal of Learning, 8 (2002) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Donovan MJ, 'It's all in the way we connect, the importance of relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers and students', International Indigenous Development Research Conference. Keynote Speakers: Biographies and Abstracts, Auckland, NZ (2012) [E3]
2012 George RD, Nesbitt KV, Donovan MJ, Maynard JM, 'Evaluating indigenous design features using cultural dimensions', User Interfaces 2012: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC2012), Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, John Maynard
2011 George RD, Nesbitt KV, Donovan MJ, Maynard JM, 'Focusing on cultural design features for an Indigenous website', Proceedings of the Australiasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS 2011 -, Sydney, NSW (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, John Maynard
2010 George R, Nesbitt KV, Gillard PM, Donovan MJ, 'Identifying cultural design requirements for an Australian Indigenous website', User Interfaces 2010: Proceedings of the Eleventh Australasian User Interface Conference, Brisbane, Australia (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt
2009 Donovan MJ, 'Working together: The school, the teacher and the Aboriginal Community', Pedagogy in Practice 2009 Conference. Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2000 Donovan MJ, Heitmeyer DG, 'To get the Black point across: Linking technology to Aboriginal voices', To get the Black point across: Linking technology to Aboriginal voices, Fremantle, Perth (2000) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $363,383

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20102 grants / $235,283

Stronger Smarter Learning Communities HCC Regional Partnership - Hunter Central Coast NSW$124,555

Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Funding body Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project Team Doctor Wendy Miller, Mr Michael Donovan
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000637
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Stronger Smarter Learning Communities HCC Regional Partnership - North & Western Regional NSW$110,728

Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Funding body Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project Team Doctor Wendy Miller, Mr Michael Donovan
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1100604
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20091 grants / $16,400

ERF Teaching Relief - Donovan$16,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor John Maynard, Mr Michael Donovan
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189837
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $61,700

Analysis of the effectiveness of the NSW Quality Teaching framework in increasing Aboriginal students' education outcomes$60,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Mr Michael Donovan
Scheme Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186731
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

5th International conference on new directions in the humanities, American University, Paris, France, 17/7/2007 - 20/7/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Michael Donovan
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187772
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $50,000

Quality teaching and the cultural knowledge of aboriginal students in NSW$50,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Associate Professor James Ladwig, Mr Michael Donovan, Doctor Wendy Miller
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186524
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010 Is Present Government Policy a Barrier to Indigenous Community Involvement in Education
Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 Capturing Cultural Requirements in the Design of a Website for an Aboriginal Community
Information Technology, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 Capturing Cultural Requirements in the Design of a Website for an Aboriginal Community
Information Technology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Mr Michael Donovan

Position

Lecturer
The Wollotuka Institute
Academic Division

Focus area

Indigenous Education

Contact Details

Email michael.donovan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7381
Fax (02) 4921 6985

Office

Room SAS.07
Building Birabahn
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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