Dr Heather Sharp

Dr Heather Sharp

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Heather Sharp was awarded a competitive residency Fellowship to the prestige Georg Eckert Institute in Germany, 2016. During this Fellowship, Heather researched ways educational media is used in History classrooms, innovative ways to teach history using ICT, and engaged in an analyse of national identity representations in History textbooks.

Heather Sharp is a Senior Lecturer and First Year Support Convenor at the School of Education, convenor of the History Network for Teachers and Researchers (HNTR); and a Special Issues Editor of Historical Encounters. Her current research investigates the teaching of difficult and controversial pasts, the influence of public history in teaching, historical representations in school curriculum, particularly textbooks and also examines the written and visual texts in picture books that deal with conflict.

Heather’s research has also included analysis of the representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in History textbooks across selected time periods of the Twentieth Century; and more recently, the exploration of competing representations of Gallipoli in Australian and Turkish history textbooks. Heather’s scholarship has adopted a bricolage approach that encompasses Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), historical methodologies, and visual analysis techniques, framed within a Gramscian and Althusserian understanding of hegemony.

After working as a secondary school teacher (English and History) for a number of years, Heather began herUniversity career in January 2006. She has taught and coordinated Education courses in the areas of: transformative pedagogies, philosophies of education, History curriculum and pedagogies, literacies, education as a professional career, assessment, and professional experience.

Research Expertise
Dr Sharp's PhD is titled: Constructing history: Selective representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in Queensland History curriculum. The research was conducted through a bricolage approach, encompassing Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), historical methodologies, visual analysis techniques and framed within an understanding of hegemony as espoused by Gramsci and Althusser. The thesis analysed representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in History textbooks across selected time periods of the twentieth century.

I also conduct research on academic and undergraduate student research partnerships. This explores the power relationships, cognitive benefits and socialising impacts that occur when academics and students work together, outside of official university courses. Beginning teacher induction is an area I have researched, specifically investigating the connection between expectations of professional support and the realities beginning teachers experience in a school setting. 


Teaching Expertise
Heather has the following university teaching expertise: supervisor of PhD, Honours and Masters students; course coordination of undergraduate and post-graduate courses; lecturing and tutoring of courses across secondary, primary and middle school degree programs. I have also coordinated programs for Research Higher Degree students who wish to embark on an academic career. I am currently the First Year Experiences Convenor for the School of Education.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Education, Deakin University
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • English curriculum
  • Historical and Moral Consciousness
  • History curriculum
  • History didactics
  • Memorial Education
  • Public History
  • Student-Academic Research

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/2010 - 31/12/2016 Lecturer The University of Newcastle, Australia
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Australian College of Educators Australian College of Educators
Australia
1/11/2007 - 1/03/2010 Lecturer, Curriculum Design and Development University of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/11/2007 Lecturer University of Southern Queensland
Faculty of Education

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2006 Secondary Teacher Department of Education, Queensland
Secondary Schools
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $50,336

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20171 grants / $5,000

Teaching difficult pasts in history classrooms: considerations of curriculum and pedagogy$5,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Scheme Pilot Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20152 grants / $24,236

Comparing Our Pasts (COP) International Pilot Study$15,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Heather Sharp, Associate Professor Josephine May, Doctor Jill Barnes, Ms Vicki Parkes
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500901
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

iANZAC: Young People's Visions of ANZAC$9,236

Funding body: Department of Veterans` Affairs

Funding body Department of Veterans` Affairs
Project Team Doctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Kathryn Grushka, Doctor Heather Sharp, Ms Vicki Parkes
Scheme Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400633
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20142 grants / $16,100

Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, Society$15,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Robert Parkes, Doctor Debra Donnelly, Doctor Catherine Hart, Associate Professor Josephine May, Doctor Heather Sharp
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400959
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Media, War and Memory, Auckland, New Zealand, 18 - 19 September 2014$1,100

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Heather Sharp
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400969
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $5,000

Representations of Gallipoli in World War 1: Australia-Turkey textbook research and analysis.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Heather Sharp
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100371
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed3
Current16

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.5
PhD6.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Use of Alternative Assessment in English as Second Language Subject PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Digital Learning in a Traditionally Lecture Driven Subject: How Might Teachers of History Use Digital Technology With the Aim of Improving Student Outcomes in Assessments of Historical Knowledge, Understanding and Skill? PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Memorials That Teach: Using the Anzac Legend to Create Historically Literate Learners PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD The Symbiotic Relationship Between Art, Science and Education: Fostering a Sense of Wonder and Curiosity About the Natural World Through Scientific Inquiry and Illustration. PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Emergence, representation and reception of education policy in Nepal PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD New Media Histories: Evaluating Historical Representation in the Digital Age - Implications for the History Classroom PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters History Teaching in Ghanaian Senior High Schools: Towards a Learner Centered History Curriculum M Philosophy (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD And What About Jane? A Rationale For The Teaching of Jane Austen in Secondary English Classrooms. PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD ICT AND PRE-SERVICE EFL TEACHER EDUCATION IN VIETNAM PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD History education in Vietnamese schools from 1986 to present PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD A Vertical Case Study to Compare the Dominant Policy and ground level Understanding of Education and Development PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Impact of Interactive CALL Software on EFL Learners' Autonomy and Language Proficiency through out-of-Class Practice PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Factors Affecting Early Career Teachers' Formation of E-Learning Pedagogy in the History Classroom PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Promoting ICT Integration in Indonesian EFL Classroom Through In-service Teacher Professional Development PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD The Application of Communicative Language Teaching Approach within English as Foreign Language Context: Saudi Arabia Private Education Case Study PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2008 Honours Equity versus excellence: An exploration into high achieving students' perspectives of their academic experiences in an inclusive classroom Education, University of Southern Queensland Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD The Impact of Disaggregating Concept and Specialist Language on Content Learning and Academic Identity Formation: An Instructional Approach for English Language Learners in Content-Rich Subjects PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2009 Honours Equity versus excellence: An exploration into high achieving students' perspectives of their academic experiences in an inclusive classroom Education, University of Southern Queensland Sole Supervisor
2007 Masters Embedding ICTs in the SOSE curriculum Education, University of Southern Queensland Sole Supervisor
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News

iANZAC Project

Capturing young people’s visions of ANZAC

November 6, 2014

The University of Newcastle's (UON) Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education and Society Research Network (HERMES) has been awarded an ANZAC Centenary Grant to capture and disseminate what ANZAC means to young Australians and their communities.

Dr Robert Parkes

UON Research Group Launches World-class Journal

July 1, 2014

The University of Newcastle's Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, and Society (HERMES) Research Group has launched its inaugural issue of Historical Encounters.

Dr Heather Sharp

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email heather.sharp@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 4921 8700

Office

Room HA121
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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