Dr Anne Marie Ross

Dr Anne Marie Ross

Casual Academic

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

With a background in environmental analysis, education, and research Anne Marie (Annie) Ross has a demonstrated commitment and passion for the environment and sustainability, and environmental education| sustainability education. A PhD titled Working outside the square within: A history of Environmental Education Centres within the New South Wales Department of Education [1970-2017] is available at https://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/uon:36934. Annie dreams of, and often contributes to, a changing world paradigm. As a sessional academic in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle Annie developed a fourth-year elective, EDUC4807: Educating for Ecologically Sustainable Communities, lectures, assessments, and fieldwork days in collaboration with the course coordinator Ruth Reynolds, additionally, fulfilling the role of lecturer from 2012-2014. Annie has been participating in research work and tutoring in educational courses such as educational sociology and foundations in secondary education while completing her dissertation and is now looking for the next chapter in effecting change. This year, Annie coordinated a 20-unit course focusing on the history, nature and practice of science. As a researcher Annie has been involved with, and managed, a wide range of research projects over the last 15 years. Some projects include: A review of empirical research into the drivers and practices of school improvement (2015 – 2020), A review of evidence on school improvement for schools impacted by COVID (2020), (Re)claiming Social Capital: Improving Language and Cultural Pathways for Students from Refugee Backgrounds into Australian Higher Education (2015-2018), the University of Sydney STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy 2014/15 Program Evaluation; Peopling Educational Policy: Realising the New Australian English and Mathematics Curricula (2011–2013) and PEPPR - Potential Enabling Program Participant Research Register/Enabling Program Research Collaboration (2010-2012). Research projects of relevance to environmental education | education for sustainability include the NSW School Climate Change Initiative Evaluation (2009-2010); and the Quality Teaching Evaluation of the Earthkeepers Program (2008). In addition, Annie worked on the literature review/analysis of environmental education| education for sustainability [EfS] literature for Associate Professor James Ladwig’s paper titled Beyond Academic Outcomes. Present work includes research development and workshop presentations within the NSW Environmental & Zoo Education Centre Network [EZEC] and voluntary work with the Obelisk Hill | Arcadia Park Landcare and Hunter Community Environment Centre. Annie is also involved in a fledgling research group with a focus on environmental |sustainability education with Dr Sharon Cooper and Associate Professor James Ladwig.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Charles Sturt University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Environmental Education
  • Management
  • Research
  • Sustainability Education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy 50
390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy 20
390202 History and philosophy of education 30

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
13/8/2003 - 31/12/2021 Research Manager | Assistant | Administration | Conference secretariat

School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts| College of Human and Social Futures; English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC); School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, the University of Newcastle, NSW
 
Oct 2020—Dec 2020Writing| development of the evaluative, practice and professional learning modules of the Academic Career Preparation (ACP) PhD pathway - VC scholarship
Mar 2020—Sep 2020A review of empirical research into the drivers and practices of school improvement (2015 –2020); A review of evidence on school improvement for schools  impacted by COVID (2020)|
CI:   Associate Professor Jess Harris
Mar 2016—Jun 2018(Re)claiming social capital: Improving language and cultural pathways for students from refugee backgrounds into Australian higher education| CI: Associate Professor Seamus Fagan
Jul 2015—2016    Expanding Occupational Therapy (OT) clinical placements to schools: Feasibility, efficacy and sustainability | CI: Dr Alison Lane
Mar 2014—Jan 2016Wadalba Community School Action Research project evaluation | CIs: Dr Kathryn Holmes & Dr Elena Prietto
Sep 2014—May 2015  University of Sydney STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy 2014/15 Program Evaluation | CI: Dr Kathryn Holmes
Sep 2014—Feb 2015   A pilot inquiry into Australian secondary school grouping practices| CIs: Associate Professor James Ladwig & Professor Jim Albright
Jul 2014—Sep 2014 The Ripple effect: How enabling education impacts on the individual, the family and the community|  CIs: Associate Professor Seamus Fagan and Professor Jim Albright
2012—2013             Peopling educational policy: Realising the New Australian English and Mathematics Curricula (2011–2013) | CIs: Professor Peter Sullivan, Monash University; Professor Peter Freebody, Sydney University; Professor James Albright, Newcastle University; Professor Douglas Clarke, The University of Melbourne; Professor Lesley Farrell, University of Technology Sydney; & Professor David Clarke, Australian Catholic University
2012 Establishing national priorities for educational research: The AARE-ACDE research capacity building project, Task Group Two| CI: Professor Jim Albright
2011—2012                  PEPPR - Potential Enabling Program Participant Research Register Enabling Program research collaboration|
CIs: Associate Professor Seamus Fagan and Professor Jim Albright
2010—2011           Hunter Wetland Centre Australia: ‘A local schools working together project’ evaluation| CI: Dr Nicole Mockler
2009—2010           Schools Climate Change Initiative evaluation|
CI: Associate Professor James Ladwig & Dr Nicole Mockler
2008—2010           Beyond academic outcomes - Literature review—analysis of environmental/sustainability education| Associate Professor James Ladwig
2008Quality Teaching Evaluation of the Earthkeepers Program| Associate Professor James Ladwig, Hywel Ellis
2008   Pedagogy & Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge| CIs: Associate Professor James Ladwig, Dr Wendy Miller, Mr Michael Donovan, & Dr Wendy Hanlen
2003-2007             Conference secretariat | Pedagogy in Practice | Associate Professor James Ladwig, Professor Jenny Gore
2003-2008             Administration of Associate Editor role for the Journal Teaching and Teacher Education | Professor Jenny Gore
2003-2007                  Administration | research associated with the Quality Teaching development and dissemination within NSW| Professor Jenny Gore, Associate Professor James Ladwig

The University of Newcastle
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EDUC4807 Educating of ecologically sustainable communities
School of Education, The University of Newcastle

This elective course examined current environmental issues facing Australia and the wider world and considered the impact that primary schools can have by implementing ecological sustainable communities. 

 

EDUC4807 was one of a number of courses students chose from in order to meet the requirement for examination of sustainable communities in the BTeach (Primary) / BA program. It was designed to be run as an online/intensive course which worked well with preservice teacher internship. The online content, after setting the scene for environmental education/education for sustainability, was based on EE/EfS issues and active pedagogies with a focus on each KLA while also attending to the cross-curricula, systems thinking, whole school EE/EfS process. Assessments were interactive as were the field-days which included our preservice teachers experiencing the many resources available to them both in the environment and within a school setting.

Developer | lecturer | field day organiser/coordinator | assessor 1/6/2012 - 1/12/2014
EDUC1038 Foundations of Secondary Education
School of Education, The University of Newcastle

This first year course nurtures preservice teachers through the subjects of academic culture, literacy and networking; education as a field of study; the historical, psychological and sociological disciplines that inform education; and, teaching as a profession and craft.

Tutor 17/2/2015 - 1/7/2021
EDUC3157 History, nature and practice of science
School of Education, The University of Newcastle

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining contemporary understandings and practices in the sciences by exploring the histories, philosophical underpinnings and social processes that have shaped them. It investigates the different ways in which the sciences have been described and practiced during key periods in human history with reference to the prevailing social, cultural, and technological contexts of the time. It explores the interplay between these contexts, the conceptions of knowledge and the nature of reality, and the dominant scientific practices of these key historical moments.

Coordinator | lecturer | tutor | assessor 1/2/2021 - 1/7/2021
EDUC1103 Schooling, Identity and Society
School of Education, The University of Newcastle

This course examines the interconnections between identity, schooling and society in primary and secondary schooling and early childhood education. The course prepares students to explore and understand historical and contemporary education systems and care, including elements of education curriculum, policy and practice both in Australia and globally. There is a focus on the needs of students from economically, socially and culturally disadvantaged backgrounds, and the ways in which educators might contribute to a just society. Students experience a field study component, as a way of further understanding sociological issues covered in the course as they play out in educational and community settings. Students experience a field study component, as a way of experiencing the school context from a teacher perspective.

Tutor at a Masters; second and first year level. 16/2/2015 - 2/11/2020
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Reynolds RM, Bradbery D, Brown J, Donnelly D, Ferguson-Patrick K, Macqueen S, Ross A, 'A Values-based Pedagogical Stance: Teaching Teachers for Global Education in Australia', The State of Global Education: Learning with the World and its People, Routledge, New York 174-188 (2015) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Suzanne Macqueen, Kate Fergusonpatrick, Debra Donnelly, Ruth Reynolds, Debbie Bradbery, Joanna Brown

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Dixon N, Reynolds R, Ross AM, 'Sustaining sustainability at Bungwahl Public School', Conversations: The Journal of the NSW Association for Environmental Education, 2 16-17 (2014)
2014 Reynolds RM, Dixon N, Ross A, 'Sustaining Sustainability at Bungwahl Public School', Conversations-Journal of NSW Association for Environmental Education, 2 16-17 (2014) [O1]
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ross A, 'Working Outside the Square Within: Activism within the NSW Department of Education Environmental Education Centres A Historical Account', Sutherland Shire Environment Centre (2019)
2013 Ross AM, Ladwig J, 'Working outside the square within: A history of Environmental Education in NSW', World Environmental Education Congress, Marrakesh, Morocco (2013)
2011 Albright JJ, Fagan SJ, Ross AM, 'Establishing research into enabling program outcomes at the University of Newcastle', Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Seamus Fagan, James Albright

Report (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Harris J, Smithers K, Knipe S, Ross AM, Ross A, 'School Improvement: A review of empirical research into the drivers and practices of school improvement (2015 2020).', Department of Education and Training Victoria, 70 (2020)
Co-authors Jess Harris
2020 Harris J, Knipe S, Smithers K, Ross AM, 'Transitions from remote delivery to reopening: A review of evidence on school improvement for schools impacted by COVID', Victorian Department of Education and Training, 50 (2020)
Co-authors Kate Smithers, Jess Harris
2010 Ladwig J, Mockler N, Ross AM, 'School Climate Change Initiative [2007 2009] Evaluation', The NSW Department of Education & Training, 54 (2010)
2008 Ladwig J, Ross AM, Ellis H, 'Quality Teaching Evaluation of the Earthkeepers Program for Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre', Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre, 46 (2008)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Ross AM, Ross A, Working outside the square within: A history of Environmental Education Centres within the NSW Department of Education (1970-2017), The University of Newcastle (2020)
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News

Increased support for refugee students to transition to higher education

May 23, 2018

Educators and providers will have access to a new set of tools and resources to better support students from refugee backgrounds pursue higher education, following a national research project that examined students’ transition experiences.

Dr Anne Marie Ross

Position

Casual Academic
School of Education
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email annemarie.ross@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 0421201870

Office

Building CT104
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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