Dr Sharon Cooper

Casual Research Assistant

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Sharon Cooper is a lecturer in Academic Development for the Centre for Teaching and Learning. She started work at The University of Newcastle as a research assistant in 1998, became a casual academic in 2003, and was appointed as a permanent academic staff member in 2005. Between 1996 and 2004, Sharon worked as a casual and temporary secondary mathematics teacher. Until 2011, she worked as a lecturer for the School of Education, where she developed expertise in coordination of large foundation courses, and the first year experience. Sharon became the Director of Student Experience for the School. Since 2011, for the Centre for Teaching and Learning, she has been working with academics in various ways to improve teaching and learning across the University. Sharon’s primary research interest is in sociology of education, particularly the politics of Australian education. Her primary method of research is discourse analysis.

Research Expertise
Teaching and Learning Project Grant ‘Establishing effective and sustainable links between enabling and undergraduate programs by examining the transition of ELFS students’ with Erica Southgate, Anna Bennett, Keryl Kavanagh, Rosalie Bunn & Cheryl Williams (2011) Member of the Educational Research Institute Newcastle’s (ERIN) Research Program Teacher Change: Problems and Possibilities (2010) Chief Investigator of ‘The Howard years and reform in Australian education: An analysis of political rhetoric and its relationships to change’ (Funded by a University of Newcastle Early Career Researcher Grant of $8533) (2009-2010) Teaching and Learning Project Grant ‘Planet university: An academic and emotional survival guide for first-year students’ with Jill Scevak, Robert Cantwell, Greg Preston, Dianne Kirby & Teresa Dluzewska (2009) Chief investigator along with Robert Parkes and Rachel Burke for ‘Media and Education Policy’ (MAPS) (Funded by the University Internal Grants Scheme) (2007 - 2008) Chief investigator for ‘An investigation into mathematics teachers' choice of teaching strategy and the factors that influence them’ (Working title; Funded by a University of Newcastle Early Career Researcher Grant of $10000) (2006 - 2007) Research assistant for ‘Systemic Implications of Pedagogy and Achievement in NSW Public Schools’ (SIPA) (2004 - 2006) with Jennifer Gore, James Ladwig, Thomas Griffiths and Wendy Amosa Research assistant for ‘The Impact of Productive Pedagogy on the Socialisation of Beginning Teachers’ (2004 - 2005) with Jennifer Gore and Cheryl Williams Research assistant for ‘Educational Governance and Social Inclusion and Exclusion’ (EGSIE) (1998 – 2000) with James Ladwig, Jennifer Gore (University of Newcastle) and Bob Lingard (University of Queensland)

Teaching Expertise
From 2003-2010 my teaching areas have been in sociology, politics and foundations of education, and pedagogy, curriculum and assessment design as they relate to teacher education both generally, and mathematics teacher development. During this time I taught across 16 university courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and was responsible for the design and coordination of many of these. I have been sole or co-coordinator of large first-year courses typically with over 700 enrolments, giving me particular expertise in the ‘first-year experience’ and in effectively leading a team of teaching staff of up to fourteen. Although continuing interest and research in sociology of education and educational politics, from 2011 my teaching focus is in higher education, particularly in course design, assessment, effective management of large courses, teaching strategies and reflective practice. I am responsible for the development of teaching and learning focused workshops and events for academic staff (full-time and sessional), as well as providing tailored support for the improvement of teaching and learning across all disciplines of the University.

Administrative Expertise
Small and large course coordination Director, Student Experience (includes the First Year Experience) (School of Education) (2010) First Year Experience Coordinator (School of Education) (2008 – 2010) Chair of the Student Experience Team (School of Education) (2008 – 2010) Consultant for the Girls’ Summer School (Equity and Diversity Unit) (2007, 2008) Conference organising committee, Pedagogy in Practice (2004 – 2006) Policy development working party memberships. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Education (Mathematics)(Hons), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Assessment practice
  • Curriculum design and development
  • First year in higher educaton
  • Foundations of education
  • Higher education
  • Politics of education
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Reflective practice
  • Sociology of education
  • Teaching and learning
  • Teaching in higher education

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 -  Membership - Australian Curriculum Studies Association Australian Curriculum Studies Association
Australia
1/06/2004 - 1/12/2005 Research Assistant University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/05/2005 Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/05/2000 Research Assistant University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/03/2006 - 1/01/2011 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/05/2005 - 1/03/2006 Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Awards

Honours

Year Award
1996 Honours Class I awarded with degree of Bachelor of Education
University of Newcastle

Recognition

Year Award
2009 Lecture of the Year Awards: Winner, the University of Newcastle and Top 10 National Nominee
Unknown
2008 Lecture of the Year Awards: Top 10 nominee from the University of Newcastle
Unknown
2007 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support (Early Career Academic)
University of Newcastle
2007 Faculty of Education and Arts Teaching & Learning Award
Unknown
1996 Colin C. Doyle Memorial Prize for Mathematics
University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Griffiths TG, Cooper SA, 'Social and emotional wellbeing in schools: A review of systems' policies', Education Connect: Occasional Papers about Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools, 5-11 (2005) [C3]
Co-authors Tom Griffiths

Conference (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Cooper SA, Lindsay KA, McComb VR, 'Supporting good first year course design: The FY PATI', The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Kate Lindsay
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 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Anna Bennett, Rosalie Bunn
2009 Cooper SA, 'Selling a national curriculum: Some revelations of rhetoric', ACSA's 2009 Biennial Conference Program (2009) [E3]
2008 Holmes KA, Cooper SA, Parkes VJ, 'So what does THAT mean? The difficulty of defining scientific and mathematical literacy in the Australian context', Teacher Educators at Work: What Works and Where is the Evidence? Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Vicki Parkes
2008 Grimes SB, Cooper SA, 'Beginning the cognitive apprenticeship: First year student teachers', Teacher Educators at Work: What Works and Where is the Evidence? Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference (2008) [E3]
2007 Miller WA, Cooper SA, 'Connections among school contexts, teaching contexts and the quality of teaching', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Annual Conference (2007) [E1]
2007 Amosa WA, Cooper SA, 'Connections among school contexts, teaching contexts and the quality of teaching', AARE 2006 - Abstracts (2007) [E3]
2006 Griffiths TG, Cooper SA, 'Teacher beliefs, pedagogy and student learning', AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference. Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Tom Griffiths
2006 Cooper SA, Miller WA, 'Schools matter, teachers matter: Exploring the link between school context and quality teaching', AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference. Abstracts (2006) [E3]
2006 Griffiths TG, Cooper SA, 'Studnet wellbeing: A review of system's policies', AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference. Abstracts (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Tom Griffiths
2005 Williams CA, Gore JM, Cooper SA, 'Imagine if ... The impact of quality teaching on the socialisation of early career teachers', AARE 2004 - Abstracts (2005) [E3]
2004 Williams CA, Gore JM, Cooper SA, 'The Brave and the Bold: Researching the professional lives of early career teachers. Imagine if ...The impact of quality teaching on the socialisation of early career teachers', AARE Conference Paper Abstracts - 2004 (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Cheryl Williams, Jenny Gore
2001 Ladwig JG, Gore JM, Lingard B, Griffiths TG, Morrison KA, Cooper SA, 'Educational governance, social inclusion and social exclusion in Australia', AARE - Conference Papers (2001) [E2]
Co-authors James Ladwig, Tom Griffiths, Jenny Gore
2001 Cooper SA, 'Youth, work and education: the persistence of meritocracy', AARE 2000 - Conference papers (2001) [E2]
2001 Cooper SA, 'Mutual Obligation: The construction of the desired citizen', AARE 2000 - Conference papers (2001) [E2]
2000 Cooper SA, 'Youth, work and education: the persistence of meritocracy', AARE-NZARE Sydney 2000 - Education Research: Towards an Optimistic Future- Abstracts (2000) [E3]
2000 Cooper SA, 'Mutual Obligation: The construction of the desired citizen', AARE-NZARE Sydney 2000 - Education Research: Towards an Optimistic Future- Abstracts (2000) [E3]
2000 Ladwig JG, Cooper SA, 'Mimicry, alchemy and fabricated optimism: on the production of the 'new' educational governance', AARE-NZARE Sydney 2000 - Education Research: Towards an Optimistic Future- Abstracts (2000) [E3]
Co-authors James Ladwig
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $20,029

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20091 grants / $1,000

2009 Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) Biennial Conference, Canberra, 2-4 October 2009$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Sharon Cooper
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190439
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $8,533

The Howard years and reform in Australian education: An analysis of political rhetoric and its relationships to change$8,533

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sharon Cooper
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189688
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $10,000

An investigation into secondary mathematics teachers' choices of teaching strategy and factors which influence them$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sharon Cooper
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186112
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $496

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference 2005, 27 November - 1 December 2005$496

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sharon Cooper
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185664
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Sharon Cooper

Position

Casual Research Assistant
Teachers and Teaching Project
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email sharon.cooper@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Building Hunter
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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