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Biography

Rachel Buchanan is a Lecturer in Educational Foundations at the University of Newcastle. Rachel has taught for several years in the School of Education across the foundational areas; the philosophy and sociology of education, professional ethics and practice, and educational policy. Rachel's research is interdisplinary, drawing upon educational philosophy, educational sociology, and feminist theory, with a focus on the impact of digital technologies upon the education system. She is particularly interested in exploring the equity and social justice implications of the increased use of educational technology.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Education), University of Newcastle, 13/12/2010
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 31/01/2001
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Newcastle, 03/12/1999

Research

Research keywords

  • Digital Identity
  • Digital Knowledge
  • Education Policy
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Educational Technology
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Politics of Education
  • Professional Ethics
  • Teacher Education

Research expertise

Rachel is an early career researcher who applies critical interdisciplinary social theory to research in education. She is particularly interested in the intersection of educational philosophy and educational policy around the use of technology and how this impacts upon the practice, education and identities of teachers and students. She is interested in the equity and social justice implications of the increased deployment of digital technologies within the education sector.

Her previous research projects include an examination of the digital identities of education students; and an investigation into the academic literacy skills of first year students; and an exploration of the impact of policy upon the deployment of educational technologies. She is currently involved in projects that critically examine the impact of digital knowledge and twenty first century learning upon teacher education and higher education.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200299Cultural Studies Not Elsewhere Classified50
160809Sociology Of Education50

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
  • Member - Australian Teacher education Association

Collaboration

Rachel welcomes research collaboration, particularly in the areas of teacher education, educational technology, and educational policy and has been involved in a number of collaborative projects.

She is currently working with Dr Amy Chapman from the Australian Catholic University to investigate digital youth cultures and their place in the education.

Rachel is a founding member of the NuLearn Group, a collaborative research group who are researching and promoting innovative approaches to learning in the 21st Century.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Rachel been course coordinator on a variety of courses, from first year through to Masters level. She is one of the course coordinators for one of largest foundational first year courses at the University of Newcastle and she co-coordinates a large teaching team on this course, as well as designing and managing the course's Learning Management System.

Rachel was previously the Chair of TERN, the Teacher Education Research Network.

She is the current Director, Student Experience for the School of Education.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Education politics and policy
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Foundations of Education
  • Globalisation of education
  • ICT and Education
  • Sociology of Education

Teaching expertise

Rachel teaches in the foundational areas of the sociology of education, philosophy of education, educational leadership, ethics, education policy, professional studies and education and ICT. Rachel's teaching experience covers a variety of levels and contexts from face-to-face teaching with large (800+ students) and small cohorts through to blended and online delivery. She is one of two course coordinators of one of the largest foundational first year courses on campus and has developed and delivered post-graduate masters level courses that examine the globalisation of education and Australian education policy.

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Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Chapman A, Buchanan RA, 'FYI ...Virtual space has a context: Toward an alternative frame for understanding cyberbullying', Rethinking School Violence: Theory, Gender, Context, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK 56-68 (2012) [B1]

Journal article (8 outputs)

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2014Southgate E, Buchanan R, 'Editorial: This century becomes you: qualitative inquiry, being/there and social becoming in the 21st century', Creative Approaches to Research, 7 4-6 (2014)

Co-authors: ERICA SOUTHGATE

2014Buchanan RA, Chapman KA, 'The Political Ontology of Cyborgs: Considering Implications of Posthumanism for Education', Creative Approaches to Research, 7 7-20 (2014)
2013Holmes K, Preston GD, Shaw K, Buchanan R, ''Follow' Me: Networked Professional Learning for Teachers', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 54-65 (2013) [C1]
2013Chapman A, Forster D, Buchanan R, 'The Moral Imagination in Pre-service Teachers┬┐ Ethical Reasoning', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (2013) [C1]
2013Buchanan RA, Chapman KA, 'Opinion', Professional Educator, 12 25-27 (2013) [C3]
2012Buchanan RA, Holmes KA, Preston GD, Shaw KM, 'Basic literacy or new literacies? Examining the contradictions of Australia's education revolution', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37 97-110 (2012) [C1]
2011Buchanan RA, 'Paradox, promise and public pedagogy: Implications of the federal government's digital education revolution', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36 67-78 (2011) [C1]
2001Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Towards an Epistemology of Ecofeminism', Education Research and Perspectives, 28 57-70 (2001) [C1]

Co-authors: RON LAURA

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Conference (14 outputs)

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2014Buchanan RA, Southgate EL, 'It's more than computer hubs: Equity, learning, and digital technologies in Higher Education', European Access Network, Edinburgh (2014)

Co-authors: ERICA SOUTHGATE

2014Buchanan RA, Southgate, 'What lurks beneath?: An exploration of the Neoliberal University and the Ethics of Engagement.', PESA Conference 2014 Programmes and Abstracts, Hamilton, New Zealand (2014)

Co-authors: ERICA SOUTHGATE

2012Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Set free by the word of God', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: RON LAURA

2012Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'God, Freedom and Nature: Transdisciplinary reflections on the discourse of religion and theology', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: RON LAURA

2012Buchanan RA, Laura RS, 'Theo-critical feminism, Mother Nature and epistemological patriarchy', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: RON LAURA

2012Chapman A, Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, 'The moral imagination in pre-service teachers ethical reasoning', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: DANIELLA FORSTER

2012Buchanan RA, Holmes KA, Preston GD, Shaw KM, 'Shifting horizons: A critical examination of projects, policy and progress towards digital education in Australia', Learning with New Media Inaugural Conference. Critical Perspectives on Learning with New Media Conference, Glen Waverley, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012Buchanan RA, 'Digital dilemmas and professional practice: implications for pre-service teacher ethics education', 2012 International Teacher Education Dialogue Conference. Conference Abstracts, Coffs Harbour, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Laura RS, Buchanan RA, Chapman AK, 'Conference Editors', God, Freedom and Nature, Strathfield, NSW (2012) [E4]

Co-authors: RON LAURA

2011Buchanan RA, Chapman AK, 'Utopia or dystopia? A critical examination of the Melbourne Declaration', PESA Conference 2011 Programme and Abstracts, Auckland, NZ (2011) [E1]
2011Chapman AK, Buchanan RA, 'Accountability frameworks in Australian education: Utopia or dystopia?', PESA Conference 2011 Programme and Abstracts, Auckland, NZ (2011) [E3]
2010Buchanan RA, Chapman AK, 'Globalisation and social justice: The exploitation of the digital native', Learning for Life: Sustainability, Global Citizenship and Social Justice. SEAA Biennial Conference with SASOSE Annual Conference, Adelaide, SA (2010) [E1]
2009Laura RS, Buchanan RA, 'Setting free the word of God', Religious Communication Conference: Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: RON LAURA

2009Buchanan RA, Chapman AK, 'Dialogue and difference: The sorry story of the digital native', Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Annual Conference 2009: Program, Honolulu, HI (2009) [E3]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Southgate E, Buchanan R, 'Editors: Special Issue: This century becomes you: qualitative inquiry, being/there and social becoming in the 21st century', Creative Approaches to Research: Association for Qualitative Research (2014)

Co-authors: ERICA SOUTHGATE

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$27,175

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2012 (2 grants)

Establishing effective and sustainable links between enabling and undergraduate programs by examining the transition of ELFS students$9,950
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching and Learning Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,95020122012
GNo:176623557

People, Places, Pedagogy, Paradigm and Purpose: Evaluating Innovation and Building Research Capacity within a K-12 School $7,350
Funding Body: Association of Independent Schools

Project Team
Doctor Kylie Shaw, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Rachel Buchanan, Mr Greg Preston
SchemeRole
Independent Schools Centre for ExcellenceInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,35020122012
GNo:G1200696

2011 (1 grants)

Academic Literacy of First Years$9,875
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching and Learning GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,87520112011
GNo:176623532
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.3

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
20092014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorA Study of School and Aboriginal Community Collaboration and its effect on Teacher Professional Knowledge
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Dr Rachel Buchanan

Work Phone(02) 4921 6411
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HA93,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/rachel-buchanan