Global Education

Why a PhD or Research Masters in Global Education at Newcastle?

The University of Newcastle's School of Education is home to the Global Education Research and Teaching (GERT) group.

PhD or Masters by Research students who undertake projects with GERT will benefit from a supportive network of primary and secondary teacher educators who are interested in how to better teach in a global educational context.

GERT coordinates a number of research foci following particular interests of our members:

  • History: The Australian curriculum focus on Australia history in a global context and the tenets of global education in primary and secondary history.
  • Professional Experience: A longitudinal study of students undertaking professional experience courses and how they incorporate global perspectives both in the planning for school practice and when they actually teach in schools.
  • Literacy: Global education as a fundamental aspect of literacy from a tutor and pre-service teacher perspectives.
  • Academic Self-Study: A study of the development of global educators.
  • ICT: iPads and mobile devices as a global education instrument.
  • Cross-cultural and intercultural narratives:  Pre-service teachers' development of Intercultural capacity including working with local and international students

You will be joining a motivated team of world-class researchers who have developed a number of publications for international markets, and who benefit from the support of the NSW Professional Teachers Council.

What you can research

Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Teaching history with a global perspective
  • Strategies for teaching for global perspectives in primary school
  • ICT and global perspectives

Research methodologies

GERT members employ a range of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches including narrative analyses.

Find a supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • A/Prof Ruth Reynolds: civics and citizenship education; history education; primary pedagogy and curriculum; primary social science education; values education
  • Dr Debra Donnelly: global education; historical feature films; historical understanding; history education; visual media pedagogies
  • Dr Kate Ferguson-Patrick: action research; citizenship; cooperative learning; early career teachers; global education; quality teaching
  • Ms Suzanne Macqueen: grouping of students; primary education; teacher education

How to apply


Current graduate studies in Global Education

There are a number of research projects being undertaken by graduate students in the area of Global Education at Newcastle. Take a look some of the current topics:

  • Sustainable Futures: Avenues to Global Citizenship
  • Working Outside the Square Within - A History of Environmental Education in NSW
  • Examining the link - an exploration into the factors that contribute to successful links between student teachers and primary schools.
  • Do Year 10 Visual Arts Students Engaged in the Production of a Body of Work Over Time Develop Self-Determination
  • Keep the Flame Burning: Exploring the Barriers that inhibit the effective teaching of the Arts in Primary Schools
  • Co-operative Learning and Quality Teaching.