Rosalie is currently completing her PhD on “The history and impacts of the University of Newcastle’s Open Foundation Program on the Hunter and Central Coast regions”. She is Coordinator of Part time and Intensive Social Enquiry in the Open Foundation Program at the Ourimbah campus. She has been an Enabling educator since 1996 and is a five year trained primary school teacher including experience as a teacher librarian. Rosalie is currently the Secretary of the NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union) and is particularly concerned about issues relating to casual staff. She is also a member of TASA (The Australian Sociological Association) and teaches introductory sociology to enabling students.
- Master of Education, University of Newcastle, 12/10/2001
- Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, 01/05/1992
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 04/05/1991
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 19/05/1990
- Enabling Education
• History of the Open Foundation program: Rosalie has conducted oral history interviews with a former Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, senior administrators, long term lecturers and support workers on the history of the program from its pilot in 1974 including a collection of memories about Brian Smith, the first Director.
• Impacts of the Open Foundation program: as well as oral histories with staff who were familiar with Open Foundation, Rosalie has conducted a survey of over 340 former students of the program who have provided both quantitative and qualitative responses on how this program has impacted their lives.
• Enabling education: Transition of enabling students into undergraduate courses; Sociology as an effective learning tool for enabling students; Assessing non- traditional academic essays in enabling programs; Dealing with diverse cohorts of student learners and problems in enabling programs; Mentoring enabling students
• Power relations in education
• Vitamin use among fitness leaders and Body builders
• Alternative medicine use within a randomly selected population
Fields of Research
Double transition study 2012-3: Bennett, Anna; Southgate, Erica., Cooper, Sharon and Bunn, Rosalie, examining the experiences of enabling students as they transition into undergraduate programs. Focus groups of both enabling and School of Education staff from Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses as well as students from both campuses were undertaken to elicit information about transition needs. This data is still being processed.
1996-present Coordinator, Lecturer or Tutor of Social Enquiry
2009-present Secretary NTEU
2007 Acting Program Coordinator Foundation Studies Ourimbah Campus
2003-2007 Coordinator Mentor Scheme Open Foundation
1973-1978 Clerk Class 2/3 and Acting 4 Commonwealth Government Department of Immigration
- Enabling Education
1998- present Coordinator Social Enquiry (Open Foundation)
1996 – present Lecturer & Tutor Social Enquiry (Open Foundation)
2003 – Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor 2nd year Nursing Sociology (Sociology)
2003-2007 Tutor; Lecturer, Coordinator Australian Society and Culture (Newstep)
1992-6 Tutor Sociology and ATAS
1994-2003 Casual Primary School teacher (Department of School Education)
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
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Chapter (1 outputs)
|2007||Bunn RJ, 'If in doubt, get support', Stepping Stones: A Guide for Mature-Aged Students at University, ACER Press, Camberwell, Vic. 65-73 (2007) [B2]|
Journal article (1 outputs)
|2015||May J, Bunn RJ, '1974-1976: the seeds of longevity in a pathway to tertiary participation at University of Newcastle, NSW', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADULT LEARNING, 55 135-152 (2015)|
Conference (8 outputs)
|2014||Bunn RJ, '¿I wanted to prove I had a brain ... and give my life a purpose¿ - Preliminary analysis of survey responses of former Open Foundation students on their lives before, during and after completing the program', http://enablingeducators.org/conference/2013/Bunn%20NAEEA%202013.pdf, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Australia (2014)|
|2013||May JR, Bunn R, '1974-1976: The seeds of flexibility in pathways to tertiary participation at University of Newcastle, NSW', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2013) [E3]|
|2013||Bunn RJ, Bennett A, Southgate E, Cooper S, Kavanagh K, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, NZ (2013)|
|2012||Bunn RJ, Bennett AK, Southgate EL, Cooper SA, Kavanagh KO, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]|
|2010||Bunn RJ, ''Noticing the unnoticed': Empowering enabling students through sociological theory', New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators 9th National Conference. Programme, Wellington, NZ (2010) [E1]|
|2009||Bunn RJ, ''So what have we got this semester?' Dealing with diversity among enabling student cohorts', 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators, Toowoomba, QLD (2009) [E1]|
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Grants and Funding
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Ms Rosalie Bunn
|Work Phone||(02) 434 84122|
|Fax||(02) 434 84075|
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
The University of Newcastle, Australia
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258