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Vicki Parkes joined the University of Newcastle as an Associate Lecturer in Primary and Early Childhood Education in January 2007. After a long time working in the trustee industry, Vicki began her exploration of early childhood literacy through an introductory Child Care Course in 1994. Igniting a passion for teaching, Vicki then successfully completed a Certificate Level III (Literacy Enhancement Officer) course through Logan Institute of TAFE. As part of this innovative program Vicki was assigned to Regents Park State School (Qld) as a Literacy Enhancement Officer throughout 1995. After returning to her home state of New South Wales, she commenced study at Macquarie University, graduating in 2000 with a major in English and Cultural Studies, and a specialisation in Special Education. Vicki then worked in both contract and permanent capacities at a number of Primary schools in Western Sydney, on grades across the K-6 spectrum, but receiving specialised literacy training for the K-2 setting as part of a district initiative. In 2004, after moving with family to Bathurst, Vicki continued to work in schools, while embarking on an academic career as a sessional staff member at Charles Sturt University, that culminated in the award of a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning with her colleagues in Science Education, Associate Professor David McKinnon and Dr Lena Dania in late 2006. During her time at Charles Sturt University, Vicki also took on the academic role of Professional Experience Liaison for the Master of Teaching (Primary) program, and completed further studies necessary to qualify as a Secondary English Teacher. Vicki is currently enrolled in a PhD in the area of Primary Science curriculum studies, and teaches across the Primary and Early Childhood Bachelor of Teaching programs.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Education, Macquarie University, 04/10/2000

Research

Research keywords

  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Science Education
  • Scientific Literacy

Research expertise

I am currently completing a doctoral project investigating the changing conceptions of scientific literacy in the Primary Science curriculum in Australia, from 1950s to the present. I am also interested in the alternative conceptions of scientific phenomena that arise from the unrecognized overlap between everyday and scientific terminology.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130199Education Systems Not Elsewhere Classified50
109999Technology Not Elsewhere Classified50

Awards

Recognition.

2006Carrick Teaching Award
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (Australia)
CITATION FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT LEARNING, For building innovative primary science classroom practice through pre-service teacher immersion in a problem-based, collaborative learning experience, Awarded by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Presented to Associate Professor David McKinnon, Ms Lena Danaia, and Mrs Vicki Parkes, from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW.

Collaboration

I am interested in research collaborations focusing on literacy education, scientific literacy, and science curriculum studies.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have coordinated both small and large courses at the University of Newcastle, some of which have included supervision of a significant number of sessional staff. I have also coordinated a scheme to provide opportunities for teacher education students to work as tutors in disadvantaged schools, as the university liaison for a priority schools project program. Most recently, I was on the organising committee for the annual conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), held at Shoal Bay Resort, New South Wales.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Language Development
  • Literacy Education
  • Science Education
  • Science Literacy

Teaching expertise

I have expertise in the following areas: Literacy Education (0-5 and K-12); Primary and Early Childhood Science Education; Professional Experience Preparation and Supervision.

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Highlighted Publications

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2008Holmes 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, Sunshine Coast, QLD (2008) [E3]
2007McKinnon DH, Danaia L, Parkes VJ, 'Innovative primary science classroom practice through pre-service teacher immersion in a problem-based, collaborative learning experience: Approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn', Australian Teacher Education Association 35th Annual Conference. Quality in Teacher Education: Considering Different Perspectives and Agendas. Conference Proceedings Archive, Wollongong (2007) [E1]
2007McKinnon DH, Danaia L, Parkes VJ, 'Teaching primary teacher education students how to teach science', Proceedings of CONASTA 56 and ICASE 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education, Perth (2007) [E1]
2011Parkes VJ, 'Competing conceptions of scientific literacy in Australian science education', 3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Paris (2011) [E3]

Publications

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Journal article (1 outputs)

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2009Parkes VJ, 'Book review: Write ways: Modelling writing forms', Issues in Educational Research, 19 190-191 (2009) [C3]

Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Parkes VJ, 'Competing conceptions of scientific literacy in Australian science education', 3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Paris (2011) [E3]
2008Holmes 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, Sunshine Coast, QLD (2008) [E3]
2007McKinnon DH, Danaia L, Parkes VJ, 'Teaching primary teacher education students how to teach science', Proceedings of CONASTA 56 and ICASE 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education, Perth (2007) [E1]
2007McKinnon DH, Danaia L, Parkes VJ, 'Innovative primary science classroom practice through pre-service teacher immersion in a problem-based, collaborative learning experience: Approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn', Australian Teacher Education Association 35th Annual Conference. Quality in Teacher Education: Considering Different Perspectives and Agendas. Conference Proceedings Archive, Wollongong (2007) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$19,127

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2011 (1 grants)

3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Hotel Concorde La Fayette, Paris, France, 20 - 23 July 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Ms Vicki Parkes
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100551

2008 (1 grants)

Inter-professional Team Innovation and Effectiveness$17,627
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Ms Nadine White, Ms Vicki Parkes
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$17,62720082008
GNo:G0189087
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Ms Vicki Parkes

Work Phone(02) 4921 5461
Fax(02) 4921 7887
Email
PositionAssociate Lecturer in Education
Primary and Early Childhood Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HA109,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/vicki-parkes