Staff Profile


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 early career researcher and doctoral candidate, I am beginning to establish a presence in these fields.


Research keywords

  • Education
  • Educational psychology
  • Social psychology

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.


  • English

Fields of Research

170103Educational Psychology80
160809Sociology Of Education20


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian College of Educators

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Editor - British Educational Research Association

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology



2013MEdStud with Distinction
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded for achieving GPA greater than 6.0.
2011MTeach with Distinction
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded for achieving GPA greater than 6.0.

Research Award.

2013Australian Postgraduate Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded to postgraduate students demonstrating outstanding research potential.


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.


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.


Teaching keywords

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

Teaching expertise

As a casual academic at the University since Semester 1 2013, I have taught and assessed undergraduate pre-service teachers enrolled in:

  • EDUC1008 Foundations of Primary and Secondary Education
  • EDUC2103 Schooling, Identity, and Society

I have also been a guest lecturer in:

  • EDUC4965 Education Honours II
  • EDUC6735 Learners, Learning, and Teaching

I hold provisional/graduate teacher accreditation with the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards in the secondary subjects of business studies, commerce, and legal studies (on approved leave of absence while pursuing doctoral degree).



For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Chapter (1 outputs)

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


Conference (5 outputs)

2014Berger 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) [O1]
2014Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Ellis H, Albright J, Southgate E, 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)
2013Archer 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]


2013Gore 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]
2013Berger 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]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

2013Berger NJ, Exploring the motivational goals of Preliminary HSC students from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds, The University of Newcastle (2013)

Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Mr Nathan Berger

Work Phone(02) 4921 5755
PositionsResearch Assistant
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
Hunter Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308