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Biography

Dr Nicole Mockler is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, with a background in secondary school teaching (History and English curriculum) and teacher professional learning. In the past she has held senior leadership roles in secondary schools, and after completing her PhD in Education at the University of Sydney in 2008, she joined the University of Newcastle in 2009, where she is based at the Central Coast Campus. Nicole's research interests are in education policy and politics, professional learning and curriculum and pedagogy, and she also continues to work with teachers and schools in these areas.

Nicole has held a number of administrative roles at the University of Newcastle, including Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) for the School of Education, Central Coast Campus Co-ordinator for the School of Education, Secondary Program Convenor and Assistant Director of the Professional Experience Unit. In 2010, Nicole was the inaugural Education Research Institute Newcastle Early Career Research Fellow.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 07/10/2008
  • Master of Arts, University of Sydney, 27/10/1995
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)(Honours), University of Sydney, 28/05/1993
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 12/12/2011

Research

Research keywords

  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Education policy
  • Professional identity
  • Teacher professional learning and development

Research expertise

Nicole's key research expertise lies in the areas of teacher professional learning and identity, as well as in the politics of education and the role of the media in shaping perceptions of teachers. She also has a strong interest in curriculum and pedagogy.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130313Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators70
130199Education Systems Not Elsewhere Classified30

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Association for Research in Education Executive

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Issues in Australian Education (Book Series)
  • Editor - Critical Studies in Education
  • Member - Educational Action Research

Appointments

Communications Co-ordinator
Australian Association for Research in Education (Australia)
01/01/2012
Deputy Head of School (Teaching & Learning)
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/01/2012 - 01/12/2012
Deputy Chair
St Scholastica's College Glebe Point (Australia)
01/01/2005 - 01/12/2011
Honorary Associate
Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney (Australia)
01/08/2008 - 01/08/2011

Awards

Distinction.

2009Apple Distinguished Educator
Apple Education (Australia)
This title recongises excellence in the use of information and communication technologies in learning and teaching.

Other

2010ERIN Early Career Research Fellowship
Educational Research Institute Newcastle (Australia)
ERIN ECR Fellowship

Collaboration

Nicole has collaborated on research and writing with a range of scholars both nationally and internationally.

Nicole has a well-established research collaboration with Susan Groundwater-Smith of the University of Sydney, with whom she has authored over 25 books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers over the past decade. She has also co-authored with Jane Mitchell (Charles Sturt University), Karin Ronnerman (University of Gothenborg), Petra Ponte (Hogeschool Utrecht) and Judyth Sachs (Macquarie University).

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Nicole has a professional background in school leadership and management and in the past has worked as a Head Teacher, Director of Learning and Director of Professional Learning in a School context. From 2005 to 2011 she was a member of the Board of a large non-Government school in Sydney and Book Reviews Editor of an international journal. She is currently an elected member of the Executive and Communications Co-ordinator of the Australian Association for Research in Education.

Nicole has worked in variety of administrative roles at the University of Newcastle and in the past has been the Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) for the School of Education.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Learning technologies
  • Pedagogy
  • Professional practice
  • Research Methods and Methodology

Teaching expertise

As an in-service teacher educator, Nicole has a history of teaching in the areas of curriculum design and pedagogy across primary and secondary school contexts.

Since her arrival at the University of Newcastle in January 2009, she has been responsible for teaching undergraduate, Honours and postgraduate courses in the areas of research design and methodology, History curriculum, curriculum theory, ICTs and pedagogy and professional practice and experience.

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Mockler N, 'Reporting the 'education revolution': MySchool.edu.au in the print media', Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 34 1-16 (2013) [C1]
2013Mockler N, 'The slippery slope to efficiency? An Australian perspective on school/university partnerships for teacher professional learning', Cambridge Journal of Education, 43 273-289 (2013) [C1]
2013Mockler N, 'Teacher professional learning in a neoliberal age: Audit, professionalism and identity', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 35-47 (2013) [C1]
2012Sachs J, Mockler N, 'Performance cultures of teaching: Threat or opportunity?', The Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development, Routledge, Abingdon 33-43 (2012) [B1]
2011Mockler N, 'Beyond 'what works': Understanding teacher identity as a practical and political tool', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 17 517-528 (2011) [C1]
2009Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, Teacher Professional Learning in an Age of Compliance: Mind the Gap, Springer, Berlin, 158 (2009) [A1]
2007Mockler N, 'Ethics in Practitioner Research: Dilemmas from the Field', An Ethical Approach to Practitioner Research, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 88-99 (2007) [B1]
2007Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Ethics in Practitioner Research: An Issue of Quality', Research Papers in Education, 22 199-211 (2007) [C1]

Publications

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

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Book (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Groundwater-Smith S, Mitchell J, Mockler N, Ponte P, Ronnerman K, Facilitating Practitioner Research: Developing Transformational Partnerships, Routledge, Abingdon, 164 (2013) [A1]
2013Mockler N, Talbot D, Australian Curriculum, Classroom Approaches : History, Palgrave Macmillan, Melbourne, 185 (2013) [A2]
2013Mockler N, Talbot D, Australian Curriculum, Classroom Approaches: English, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, VIC, 220 (2013) [A2]
2013Talbot D, Mockler N, Australian Curriculum, Classroom Approaches : Science, Palgrave Macmillan, Melbourne, 221 (2013) [A2]
2013Talbot D, Mockler N, Australian Curriculum, Classroom Approaches: Mathematics, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, VIC, 211 (2013) [A2]
2011Mockler N, Sachs J, Rethinking Educational Practice Through Reflexive Inquiry: Essays in Honour of Susan Groundwater-Smith, Springer, Dordrecht, 225 (2011) [A3]
2009Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, Teacher Professional Learning in an Age of Compliance: Mind the Gap, Springer, Berlin, 158 (2009) [A1]
2007Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, Learning in the Middle Years: More than a Transition, Thomson Learning, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 175 (2007) [A2]
2006Mockler N, Local Research, Global Community: Action Research for a New Century, CARN, Manchester, UK, 94 (2006) [A3]
2003Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, Learning to Listen: Listening to Learn, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 44 (2003) [A2]
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Chapter (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Sachs J, Mockler N, 'Performance cultures of teaching: Threat or opportunity?', The Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development, Routledge, Abingdon 33-43 (2012) [B1]
2012Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Sustaining professional learning networks: The Australasian challenge', The Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development, Routledge, Abingdon 506-515 (2012) [B1]
2012Mockler N, Groundwater-Smith S, 'Weaving the web of professional practice: Australia', Changing Schools: Alternative Ways to Make a World of Difference, Routledge, Abingdon, OX 153-166 (2012) [B1]
2011Mockler N, 'Becoming and 'being' a teacher: Understanding teacher professional identity', Rethinking Educational Practice Through Reflexive Inquiry, Springer, Dordrecht 123-138 (2011) [B1]
2011Mockler N, 'Being me: In search of authenticity', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam 159-168 (2011) [B1]
2011Mockler N, Sachs J, 'Rethinking educational practice through reflexive inquiry: An introduction', Rethinking Educational Practice Through Reflexive Inquiry, Springer, Dordrecht 1-8 (2011) [B2]
2010Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'From lesson study to learning study: Side-by-side professional learning in the classroom', Connecting Inquiry and Professional Learning in Education: International Perspectives and Practical Solutions, Routledge, London 166-178 (2010) [B1]
2008Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Ethics in Practitioner Research: An Issue of Quality', Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice-Based Research in Education, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 199-211 (2008) [B1]
2007Mockler N, 'Ethics in Practitioner Research: Dilemmas from the Field', An Ethical Approach to Practitioner Research, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 88-99 (2007) [B1]
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Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mockler N, 'When 'research ethics' become 'everyday ethics': the intersection of inquiry and practice in practitioner research', Educational Action Research, 22 146-158 (2014) [C1]
2013Mockler N, 'The slippery slope to efficiency? An Australian perspective on school/university partnerships for teacher professional learning', Cambridge Journal of Education, 43 273-289 (2013) [C1]
2013Mockler N, 'Reporting the 'education revolution': MySchool.edu.au in the print media', Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 34 1-16 (2013) [C1]
2013Mockler N, 'Teacher professional learning in a neoliberal age: Audit, professionalism and identity', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 35-47 (2013) [C1]
2011Mockler N, 'Beyond 'what works': Understanding teacher identity as a practical and political tool', Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 17 517-528 (2011) [C1]
2010Mitchell J, Hunter J, Mockler N, 'Connecting classrooms in rural communities through interactive whiteboards', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26 464-476 (2010) [C1]
2007Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Ethics in Practitioner Research: An Issue of Quality', Research Papers in Education, 22 199-211 (2007) [C1]
2006Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Research that Counts: Practitioner Research and the Academy', Review of Australian Research in Education (RARE), 6 105-118 (2006) [C1]
2005Mockler N, 'Transforming Teachers: New Professional Learning and Transformative Teacher Professionalism', Professional Development in Education, 31 733-746 (2005) [C1]
2002Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'The Knowledge Building School: From the Inside Out, From the Outside In', Change: Transformations in Education, 5 15-24 (2002) [C1]
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Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Mockler N, Groundwater-Smith S, 'What Counts in the Middle Years?', British Educational Research Association Conference, Brighton (2013) [E3]
2013Mockler N, Groundwater-Smith S, 'Participative Research with Children and Young People in Schools: Adumbration or Full Voice?', European Conference on Educational Research 2013, Istanbul (2013) [E3]
2013Mockler N, 'Panic Stations: The crisis of teacher quality in an era of standards and accountability. Australian Association for Research in Education' (2013) [E3]
2012Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'A long road to home: The impacts of the 'New School Leaving Age' on young people in NSW', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Increasing the school leaving age: A challenge for educational policy and practice in Australia', ECER 2012. Online Programme, Cadiz, Spain (2012) [E3]
2011Mockler N, 'Back to the future: Progressive education in challenging times', MYSA (Middle Years of Schooling Association) Conference 2011 Abstracts, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011Mockler N, 'When research ethics become 'everyday ethics': The intersection of inquiry and practice in practitioner research', American Educational Research Association 2011 Annual Meeting: Inciting the Social Imagination, New Orleans, LA (2011) [E3]
2011Mockler N, 'The slippery slope to efficiency? An Australian perspective on school/university partnerships for teacher professional learning', American Educational Research Association 2011 Annual Meeting: Inciting the Social Imagination, New Orleans, LA (2011) [E3]
2009Mockler N, Groundwater-Smith S, 'Seeking for the unwelcome truths: Action learning beyond celebration', Pedagogy in Practice 2009 Conference. Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2005Groundwater-Smith S, Mockler N, 'Practitioner Research: Beyond Celebration', AARE Focus Conference Paper Abstracts - Cairns 2005, James Cook University, Cairns (2005) [E3]
2002Mockler N, 'Making Teacher Learning Count', A Conference Tells Its Story, Innsbruck, Austria (2002) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$754,216

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2014 (3 grants)

Improving teaching quality through peer observation and feedback: an investigation of the impact of Quality Teaching Rounds $600,000
Funding Body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Ms Julie Bowe, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Nicole Mockler, Associate Professor David Lubans
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$600,00020142015
GNo:G1400499

Teachers and Teaching$30,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Research Programme 2014Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142014
GNo:G1400926

AARE-NZARE Joint Conference 2014, QUT, Brisbane, 30/11/2014- 4/12/2014$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020142014
GNo:G1400964

2013 (2 grants)

Teacher professional identity and the enactment of the Australian Curriculum$10,012
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,01220132013
GNo:G1201118

AARE 2013 (Australian Association for Research in Education), Hilton Adelaide, 1-5 December 2013$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020132013
GNo:G1301025

2012 (3 grants)

Investigating Quality Teaching Rounds to support teacher professional learning$11,000
Funding Body: ACT Department of Education and Training

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Ms Julie Bowe, Doctor Nicole Mockler, Professor Max Smith
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$11,00020122012
GNo:G1200010

Supporting Smarter Schools Project – Site 6, Holy Family Primary School Emerton$10,704
Funding Body: Holy Family Primary Emerton

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Nicole Mockler, Mr Hywel Ellis
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,70420122013
GNo:G1200800

Investigating 'rounds' to support teacher professional learning$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Jennifer Gore, Ms Julie Bowe, Professor Max Smith, Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:G1101164

2011 (1 grants)

AARE Annual Conference, Grnd Chancellor Hotel, Hobart, 26/11/11 - 1/12/11$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020112011
GNo:G1101159

2010 (1 grants)

HWCA Environmental Learning Centre: A Local Schools Working Together Project funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia Project Evaluation$10,000
Funding Body: Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia

Project Team
Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020102012
GNo:G1000869

2009 (2 grants)

Schools Climate Change Initiative Research Project$70,000
Funding Body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Project Team
Associate Professor James Ladwig, Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
Schools climate change initiativeInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$70,00020092010
GNo:G0190435

New Staff Grant 2009$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Nicole Mockler
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0190366
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions8
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.25
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.4

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
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorCritical Literacy in New South Wales Schools and the Neoliberalisation of Pedagogy
20142019PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorWorking Outside the Square Within: A History of Environmental Education in NSW
20132017M Philosophy (Education)Principal SupervisorOn This 'Full Sea', Created by Significant National and State School Education Reforms, What is the Impact of the Implementation of the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum English Stage 4 & 5 on the Quality of Teaching, Teacher Identity and Perceptions as Agents of Change, and Student Perceptions of Themselves a
20122017PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorWhat Factors Contribute to the Development of Learned Helplessness in Newly Qualified Teachers?
20112016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorA Longitudinal Examination of Elements Associated with Educational Outcomes: Testing an Integrated Whole-Child Whole-School Model of Learning in Disadvantaged High School Communities
20102014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorYoung Children's Use of ICT: Preschool Teachers' Perceptions and Pedagogical Practices in Shanghai
20102014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorLuhmann-ANT: Shedding Light on Student Device Deployment Programs
20012009PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorTelling Tales: Reconceptualising Teacher Induction and Mentoring
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Dr Nicole Mockler

Work Phone(02) 4349 4753
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
EN2.08,
Education and Nursing Building,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/nicole-mockler