Mr Nathan Berger

Mr Nathan Berger

Casual Academic

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary


I am a PhD candidate, casual academic, and research assistant in the School of Education. I am an alumnus of the University, having attained an undergraduate degree in information technology and two postgraduate degrees in secondary teaching and educational research. My research and tertiary teaching interests include educational psychology and the sociology of education. As an new researcher and doctoral candidate, I am beginning to establish a presence in these fields.

Research Expertise
My masters and doctoral research is located within the social psychology of education. I have worked as a casual research assistant with the UON School of Education and the Equity and Diversity Unit, principally with the Aspirations Longitudinal Study, a major sociological examination of children's career and education aspirations.

Teaching Expertise
As a casual academic at the University since Semester 1 2013, I have taught and assessed undergraduate pre-service teachers taking courses in the foundations of primary and secondary education, sociology of education, and educational psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer to honours and masters students in research methodology and educational psychology. My secondary teaching subjects are in the humanities and social sciences, namely business studies, commerce, and legal studies.

Administrative Expertise
I have been involved in most aspects of research administration through my work as a research assistant on a major ARC project involving over 85 public schools. In particular I have gained skills in human research ethics clearance, liaison with school principals, participant recruitment, and orchestration of surveys and focus groups.

As a research assistant I have collaborated with leading academics from the School of Education on all aspects of conducting large scale, complex educational research. Since graduating from my master's degree in educational research, I have been working on several publications with my supervisor Dr Jennifer Archer.


  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Information Technology, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Teaching, University of Newcastle


  • Education
  • Educational psychology
  • Foundations of education
  • Social psychology
  • Sociology of education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160809 Sociology of Education 20
170103 Educational Psychology 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Education

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Associate Editor Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology
2/06/2013 -  PhD Candidate University of Newcastle
School of Education
1/03/2012 -  Research Assistant University of Newcastle
School of Education


Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2015 -  Member British Educational Research Association
United Kingdom
1/01/2013 -  Member Australian Association for Research in Education
1/01/2012 -  Member Australian College of Educators



Year Award
2013 Australian Postgraduate Award
University of Newcastle


Code Course Role Duration
EDUC2102 Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process
University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/02/2015 - 31/07/2015
EDUC2103 Schooling, Identity and Society
University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/08/2013 - 31/12/2015
EDUC1008 Foundations of Primary and Secondary Schooling
University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/02/2013 - 31/07/2014


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

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Berger N, Archer J, 'The relationship between social class and students' academic achievement goals: Three hypotheses', The Routledge International Handbook of Social Psychology of the Classroom, Routledge, New York 31-41 (2015)
Co-authors Jennifer Archer

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Berger NJ, Holmes K, Gore J, Archer J, 'Circumscription and compromise: An accelerated longitudinal analysis of school pupils' career aspirations', Belfast, United Kingdom (2015)
DOI 10.13140/RG.2.1.3391.0245
Co-authors Jennifer Archer, Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes
2014 Berger NJ, Holmes K, Archer J, Gore J, 'A social-cognitive perspective on the interaction of student social class with work and education aspirations', AARE-NZARE 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (2014) [E3]
DOI 10.13140/2.1.2927.2645
Co-authors Jennifer Archer, Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes
2014 Gore J, Southgate E, Holmes K, Smith M, Albright J, Ellis H, Berger N, 'On the relationship between socio-economic status and educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2014) [E3]
Co-authors James Albright, Maxwell Smith, Jenny Gore, Erica Southgate, Kathryn Holmes
2013 Archer J, Berger N, 'Exploring the motivations and future plans of senior students in a high and a low SES school', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Jennifer Archer
2013 Gore J, Smith M, Holmes K, Albright J, Southgate E, Berger N, Ellis H, '"I want to be a teacher because I like bossing people around." An initial cross-sectional analysis of student data from the Aspirations Longitudinal Study', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, James Albright, Erica Southgate, Kathryn Holmes, Maxwell Smith
2013 Berger N, Archer J, 'Exploring the motivational goals of senior high school students from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds', Social Psychology of the Classroom International Conference, Auckland (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.13140/2.1.4594.6883
Co-authors Jennifer Archer
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Berger NJ, Exploring the motivational goals of Preliminary HSC students from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds, The University of Newcastle (2013)
DOI 10.13140/2.1.2044.9288

Mr Nathan Berger


Casual Academic
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area


Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 5755
Links LinkedIn


Room HA100
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308