Dr Daniella Forster

Dr Daniella Forster

Lecturer

School of Education (Philosophy, Religion and Theology)

Career Summary

Biography

Daniella is the Coordinator of Teach Outreach, the School of Education community engagement and volunteer program at the University of Newcastle. She is part of the Board of Executives of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) as a member representative. She is a member of the Editors Collective and an associate editor for the journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT). She was part of the NSW Volunteering Strategy Evaluation team for the NSW Office of Communities Report on the Timebanking Trial. Daniella completed first class Honours in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics in 2002 at Monash University and a Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne the following year. She was awarded her PhD in 2011.

Daniella’s research applies philosophy and theories of ethics to teacher education and draws from a wide range of empirical and scholarly sources to explore pre-service and serving teacher beliefs about and experiences of (1) moral complexity in teaching and (2) programs, policies and pedagogies to develop critically reflective, values-aware dialogue in the teaching profession. She leads the Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity pilot program. Her most popular paper Codes of Ethics in Australian Education: Towards a National Perspective can be found here.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Teacher Education), Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University

Keywords

  • Educational philosophy
  • Foundations
  • Philosophy of education
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional practice
  • Teacher education
  • Values education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 40
220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified 10
220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics) 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2008 Coordinator

Part time contract

Monash University
Centre for Public Philosophy
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2007 Teacher- Secondary Lauriston Girls' School, Armadale, VIC
Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge (I.B.) and English Teacher
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Clement N, Holbrook A, Forster DJ, Macneill J, Smith M, Lyons K, McDonald E, 'Timebanking, co-production and normative principles: putting normative principles into practice', International Journal of Community Currency Research, 21 36-52 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.15133/j.ijccr.2017.004
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Maxwell Smith, Kevin Lyons, Johanna Macneil
2017 Stewart G, Arndt S, Besely T, Devine N, Forster DJ, Gibbons A, et al., 'Antipodean theory for educational research', Open Review of Educational Research, 4 61-74 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/23265507.2017.1337555
2017 Jandric P, Devine N, Jackson E, Lazaroiu G, Locke K, Heraud R, et al., 'COLLECTIVE WRITING: AN INQUIRY INTO PRAXIS', Knowledge Cultures, 5 85-109 (2017)
DOI 10.22381/KC5120177
2017 Forster DJ, 'Publishing and Intergenerational Learning for the Future of Philosophy in Education: An interview with Paul Smeyers', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 127-140 (2017)
2017 Stewart G, Forster DJ, 'Conclusion to Special Issue: Academic Publishing, Philosophy of Education and the Future', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49 192-201 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/00131857.2015.1069034
2016 Peters MA, Jandric P, Irwin R, Locke K, Devine N, Heraud R, et al., 'Towards a philosophy of academic publishing', Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48 1401-1425 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article is concerned with developing a philosophical approach to a number of sign... [more]

© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article is concerned with developing a philosophical approach to a number of significant changes to academic publishing, and specifically the global journal knowledge system wrought by a range of new digital technologies that herald the third age of the journal as an electronic, interactive and mixed-media form of scientific communication. The paper emerges from an Editors' Collective, a small New Zealand-based organisation comprised of editors and reviewers of academic journals mostly in the fields of education and philosophy. The paper is the result of a collective writing process.

DOI 10.1080/00131857.2016.1240987
2015 Forster DJ, Archer J, Tajin RT, 'Volunteering within initial teacher education: Factors that boost and block participation', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40 168-184 (2015) [C1]

Voluntary professional experience can be a powerful way for initial teacher education (ITE) students to develop an understanding of schools and their communities. Do ITE students ... [more]

Voluntary professional experience can be a powerful way for initial teacher education (ITE) students to develop an understanding of schools and their communities. Do ITE students make use of these opportunities? There is little Australian research that explores genuine volunteering that does not "require" students to engage with the community. We conducted an on-line survey with 141 ITE students who were eligible to participate in a volunteer program. What factors reduced volunteering and what factors enhanced it? The results showed that, while students value volunteering and can point to benefits that come from it, most are unable or unwilling to participate. What factors differentiate those students who do volunteer despite the demands of complex, busy lives?.

DOI 10.14221/ajte.2015v40n11.10
Co-authors Jennifer Archer
2013 Chapman A, Forster D, Buchanan R, 'The Moral Imagination in Pre-service Teachers' Ethical Reasoning', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.14221/ajte.2013v38n5.8
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2012 Forster DJ, 'Codes of ethics in Australian education: Towards a national perspective', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37 Article 1 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7
2009 Butchart S, Forster DJ, Gold I, Bigelow J, Korb K, Oppy G, Serrenti A, 'Improving critical thinking using web based argument mapping exercises with automated feedback', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25 268-291 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 13
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Review (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Forster DJ, 'Book Review of Jennifer M Gidley, Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures. (Critical Studies in Education, Volume 3). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2016. 291 pages. ISBN 987- 3-319-29068-3 (hbk) (2017)
DOI 10.1177/1478210317715802
2016 Forster DJ, 'Social theory and education research: understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida', Journal of Educational Administration and History (2016)
DOI 10.1080/00220620.2015.1034578

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Douglas S, Forster DJ, 'What¿s in a dilemma? Generative thinking from teacher ethics', What¿s in a dilemma? Generative thinking from teacher ethics (2017)
2016 Forster DJ, 'Teaching under tension: (mis)recognitions of justice in contexts of moral uncertainty', Teaching under tension: (mis)recognitions of justice in contexts of moral uncertainty (2016)
2016 Ladwig J, Forster DJ, McPherson (nee Chapman) A, 'Progressive Education Futures: Five crises and a Deweyean response' (2016)
Co-authors James Ladwig
2015 Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, 'Digital Dilemmas and the Mediation of the Entrepreneurial Self' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2014 Perell D, Forster DJ, 'Making straight strange: (de)constructing sexuality discourse in the NSW syllabus for the English national curriculum' (2014)
2014 Forster DJ, Barron RJ, 'Becoming a teacher: navigating ethical phenomena' (2014)
2013 Forster DJ, 'Reading the im/possibility of ethics in pre-service teacher professional experiences', Edited Proceedings 43rd PESA Conference 2013: Measuring Up in Education (2013) [E1]
2012 Chapman A, Buchanan RA, Forster DJ, 'The moral imagination in pre-service teachers ethical reasoning', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan
2009 Forster DJ, 'Why teachers ought to be uncertain, if not ignorant', Philosophy of Education Society of Australia 2008 Conference (2009) [E1]
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Forster DJ, 'New Motherhood, Academic Maternity "Leave" and Early Career Research: Reflections on mother-academic experiences. A presentation at The Politics of Motherhood Workshop (CEEHE funded)', (2016) [O1]
2014 Forster DJ, Lyons K, 'Innovative policy for growing sustainable community engagement: A report on the Timebanking trial from the NSW', (2014) [O1]
Co-authors Kevin Lyons
2013 Forster DJ, 'Ascertaining challenges to tertiary student participation in educational volunteering', (2013) [O1]

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Smith M, Holbrook A, Lyons K, Macneil J, Forster D, Clement N, et al., 'Evaluation of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2012-13. Final Report: Timebanking Trial', The NSW Office of Communities (2014) [R1]
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Johanna Macneil, Kevin Lyons, Maxwell Smith
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $95,000

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20171 grants / $15,000

Educational Ethics: Southern Perspectives on Dilemmas of Diversity$15,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Dr Daniella Forster, Dr Rachel Buchanan, Dr Margot Ford, A/Prof Tom Griffiths

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20141 grants / $10,000

The Changing World of Volunteerism: Challenges and Opportunities$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Daniella Forster
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400125
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $65,000

Evaluation of the Flagship Projects for the NSW volunteering Strategy$65,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Communities
Project Team Professor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Doctor Daniella Forster
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1200610
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20091 grants / $5,000

Conceptualizing teacher beliefs as emergent properties$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Daniella Forster
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190365
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Who is the Good Teacher as a Person? PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

The Editors' Collective 2016 -

This editorial collective is based around the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory that sponsors the development of a journal ecosystem comprising several journals in order to:  develop an experimental and innovative approach to academic publishing; explore the philosophy, history, political and legal background to academic publishing; build a groundwork to educate scholars regarding important contemporary issues in academic publishing; and encourage more equitable collaborations across journals and editors.

see: http://editorscollective.org.nz/


Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity 2017 -

This interdisciplinary study is designed to develop ‘real-life’ case studies to help teachers learn how to make better ethical decisions at work. The research will explore teachers’ critical experiences about ethical choices and identify common difficulties and important characteristics. The project will create rich normative case studies (NCS) of modern ethical dilemmas that are recognisable to experiences in Australian schools. It will contribute to professional development in educational ethics for pre-service and serving teachers.

A three-year fully funded PhD scholarship is available in the area of educational ethics with the aim of developing pedagogy to support teacher moral imagination and judgement. Relocation costs are also included. The scholarship is attached to an existing program of research about ethical teaching in a pluralist democracy; Educational Ethics: Dilemmas of Diversity. The program focuses on the identification, analysis and interrogation of educational dilemmas which are intrinsic to the moral nature of teachers’ work, but specifically recognisable to Australian teachers’ experiences through the identification of localised social, political, economic, and cultural characteristics and tensions. Ideally, applicants will be familiar with the field of ethics in the teaching profession and have studied educational philosophy. 

For more information about the scholarship please see: 

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-education-and-arts/school-of-education/school-research/phd-scholarship-educational-ethics

 

 


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Dr Daniella Forster

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Philosophy, Religion and Theology

Contact Details

Email daniella.forster@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8653
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HA85
Building Hunter
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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