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Dr Rachel Burke

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

I am an Applied Linguist and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) educator and researcher in the School of Education, at the University of Newcastle. Taking a critical discourse analytic approach, my work focuses on linguistically and culturally diverse educational contexts, the critical examination of policyscape, structural mechanisms for inclusion/exclusion, and praxis-driven approaches to languages and literacies education.


Keywords

  • Academic Literacies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) Education
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified 100

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EDUC1004 Contexts of Teaching
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2013 - 31/12/2013
EDUC6243 Specialist Studies in Languages 1
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/12/2017
EDUC3195 Pedagogy and Inclusion
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 31/7/2014 - 31/12/2014
EDUC6252 Sociocultural Contexts of TESOL
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/1/2017 - 30/6/2018
EDUC6023 Cultural Variations in Language Learning
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/12/2017
EDUC2143 Specialist Studies in Languages 1
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 31/12/2017
EDUC6343 Specialist Studies in Languages 2
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/1/2017 - 30/6/2017
EDUC2101 Curriculum, Assessment, and Pedagogy
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/1/2014 - 31/12/2014
EDUC6024 Practicum in TESOL
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/12/2017
EDUC2151 Multiliteracies
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/12/2017
EDUC3196 Quality Teaching, Equity, and Diversity
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2015 - 31/12/2015
EDUC6024 Practicum in TESOL
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/1/2017 - 30/6/2018
EDUC2151 Multiliteracies
School of Education, The University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/7/2015 - 31/12/2015
EDUC4143 Specialist Studies in Languages 2
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Coordinator 1/1/2017 - 30/6/2017
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Publications

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


Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Tran T, Burke R, O'Toole JM, 'The Evolution of English as a Medium of Instruction in Vietnamese Tertiary EFL: Challenges, Strategies, and Possibilities.', Research on teaching and learning English in under-resourced areas., Routledge, New York (2021)
Co-authors Mitch Otoole
2019 Burke R, 'Educational mobility and EFL students and teachers in Saudi Arabia: Navigating diverse sociocultural and pedagogical spaces', English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia: New Insights into Teaching and Learning English, Routledge, Singapore 138-156 (2019) [B1]
2018 Sharp HL, Burke R, 'Drama in the primary classroom: Contextualising critical numeracy', Numeracy in Authentic Contexts: Making Meaning Across the Curriculum, Springer, Singapore 143-166 (2018) [B1]
Co-authors Heather Sharp
2018 Burke R, Sharp HL, Field C, 'Pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning English: Connections with critical numeracy', Numeracy in Authentic Contexts: Making Meaning Across the Curriculum, Springer, Singapore 167-196 (2018) [B1]
Co-authors Heather Sharp
2018 Burke R, 'Language and Culture in the Mathematics Classroom: Scaffolding Learner Engagement', Numeracy in Authentic Contexts: making Meaning across the curriculum, Springer, Singapore 91-116 (2018) [B1]
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Journal article (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Holbrook A, Burke R, Fairbairn H, 'Linguistic diversity and doctoral assessment: Exploring examiner treatment of candidate language', Higher Education Research & Development, (2021)
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook
2020 Burke R, 'Widening participation and linguistic engagement in Australian higher education: exploring academics perceptions and practices', International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 32 1-39 (2020)
2020 Burke R, Fleay C, Hartley L, Baker S, Field R, 'Facilitating Access to Higher Education for People Seeking Asylum in Australia: Institutional and Community Responses.', Refuge, 36 (2020)
2020 Baker S, Field R, Burke R, Hartley L, Fleay C, 'Discursive constructions of equity in Australian higher education: Imagined worlds and the case of people seeking asylum', BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, (2020)
DOI 10.1002/berj.3691
2019 Baker S, Bangeni B, Burke R, Hunma A, 'The invisibility of academic reading as social practice and its implications for equity in higher education: a scoping study', Higher Education Research & Development, 38 142-156 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2018.1540554
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2019 Hartley L, Baker S, Fleay C, Burke R, ''My study is the purpose of continuing my life' The experience of accessing university for people seeking asylum in Australia', AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES REVIEW, 61 4-13 (2019) [C1]
2019 Matthews J, Burke R, 'Listening to Teachers Voices: Evaluating Language Learning Apps with a Task- based Language Teaching Framework', Language Teaching Research Quarterly, 12 16-36 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.32038/ltrq.2019.12.02
2019 Burke R, Shaw E, Baker S, 'Literacy autobiographies in pre-service teacher education: opportunities for therapeutic writing in widening participation contexts', Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 21 151-161 (2019)
Co-authors Emma Shaw
2018 Burke R, Thapliyal N, Baker S, 'The weaponisation of language: English proficiency, citizenship and the politics of belonging in Australia', Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 7 84-102 (2018) [C1]
Co-authors Nisha Thapliyal
2017 Burke R, 'International Student Accommodation and Changing Foreign Policy Alignments in 1950s Australia', History Australia, 14 626-644 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14490854.2017.1389229
2015 Zangmo D, Sharp H, O'Toole M, Burke R, 'Bhutan: Experiences of education change in a compact context', Bhutan Journal of Research and Development, 4 17-28 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Heather Sharp, Mitch Otoole
2015 Zangmo D, Burke R, O'Toole JM, Sharp HL, 'Cross-Cultural Methodological Innovation in Bhutan: Teacher Experiences with the Process Writing Approach', Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching, 6 1-20 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Mitch Otoole, Heather Sharp
2014 Burke RJ, ''They May Come Here to Study But Not to Stay': Print Media Coverage of International Student Migration in the Era of the White Australia Policy', Limina: a Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 20.1 1-24 (2014) [C1]
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Other (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Hartley L, Fleay C, Burke R, Baker S, 'How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face', (2018) [O1]
2018 Burke R, 'Barriers Faced by People Seeking Asylum When Accessing Higher Education', (2018) [O1]
2018 Burke R, Baker S, 'First nation-wide research of how people seeking asylum in Australia are affected by our higher ed policies', (2018) [O1]
2017 Burke R, 'Why are Fluent Speakers Failing the English Test?', (2017) [O1]
2017 Burke R, Baker S, 'Changes to the Citizenship Test Could Disadvantage Refugees', (2017) [O1]
2017 Baker S, Burke R, 'Coalition's test likely to disadvantage those who need citizenship most', (2017) [O1]
2017 Baker S, Burke R, 'English Language Bar for Citizenship Likely to Further Disadvantage Refugees', (2017) [O1]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Hartley L, Fleay C, Baker S, Burke R, Field R, 'People seeking asylum in Australia: Access and support in higher education', National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, 41 (2018)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $310,917

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


20203 grants / $86,311

Engaging with Traumatic Pasts: Investigating Effective and Affective Pedagogies for Social Inclusion and Reconciliation$70,000

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

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

A/Prof R Parkes (Lead); A/Prof H Sharp; Dr D Donnelly; Dr R Burke; Prof C Mathis; Prof N Ammert; Prof S Edling; A/Prof J Lofstrom et al

Scheme Research Programs Pilot Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

The role of muesums as educative resources in preservice teachers' understanding of displacement.$13,311

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

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

Dr Debra Donnelly (Lead), Dr Rachel Burke and Dr Emma Shaw

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Educational Research in ‘Fragile Contexts’: Documenting Ethics-in-Practice Support for Higher Degree Research Students and Supervisors$3,000

Funding body: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Funding body Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Project Team

Dr Rachel Burke, Dr Sally Baker, Ms Bonita Marie Cabiles, Dr Tebeje Molla, Assoc. Prof. Margaret Kettle, Dr Alison Fox

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON N

20191 grants / $14,943

Signature Assessment Tasks in History Teacher Education$14,943

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

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

Dr Heather Sharp (Lead), Dr Rachel Burke, Dr Kay Carroll (WSU), Dr Deborah Henderson (QUT), Dr Samantha Owen (Curtin), Dr Philip Roberts (UC), Dr Louise Zarmati (UT), A/Prof Robert Parkes (UON)

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20182 grants / $58,988

Primary Places of Belonging: Whole-school Approaches to Inclusion for Students with Refugee Backgrounds Attending a Public Primary School in Regional Australia$54,648

Funding body: Perpetual Limited

Funding body Perpetual Limited
Project Team Doctor Rachel Burke, Doctor Maura Sellars
Scheme Impact Philanthropy Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701385
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

People seeking asylum: Access and support in higher education$4,340

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team Doctor Rachel Burke, Dr Lisa Hartley, Associate Professor Caroline Fleay, Dr Sally Baker
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800724
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON Y

20175 grants / $93,675

People seeking asylum: Access and support in higher education$39,899

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team

Dr Lisa Hartley, Dr Caroline Fleay, Dr Sally Baker

Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON N

Language and Literacies Education for Learners with Refugee Backgrounds$29,776

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Rachel Burke
Scheme Women in Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701394
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Toward Greater Linguistic Equity in Higher Education$15,000

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Scheme Excellence in Teaching for Equity in Higher Education (ETEHE) Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Secondary Language Teachers' Experiences of Mobile Assisted Language Learning$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

Small Research Consultancy$4,000

Funding body: Islington Public School

Funding body Islington Public School
Project Team Doctor Maura Sellars, Doctor Rachel Burke
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701024
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON Y

20151 grants / $57,000

Indigenous Advancement Strategy $57,000

Funding body: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Funding body Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Project Team

Stephen Schmidt, Michele Kowalski, John Purcell

Scheme Indigenous Advancement Strategy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD A Study of Equity in the Transition of Refugee Learners from Early Childhood to Formal Schooling PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Analysing University Students' Competence, Difficulties, and Strategies in Writing Assignments PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Linguistic Experiences of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Doctoral Candidates in Australia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Vietnamese Quality Assurance in Higher Education: A Systemic Review PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Investigating Students' Perceptions of Vietnamese Tertiary English Education PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Professional Development: Vietnamese English-as-a-Foreign-Language Teacher Educators' Experiences and Perceptions PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Pre-service Teacher Education in Vietnam PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2020 PhD Policy and Practices in English as a Medium of Instruction in Vietnamese Tertiary EFL Contexts PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 PhD Alignment of Curricula, Pedagogies, Assessments, Outcomes, and Standards in Vietnamese English Language Teacher Education PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Saudi Technical College Students and an English for Specific Purposes Textbook: A Cloze Test Based Linguistic Analysis PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Women In Research Fellowships awarded

October 27, 2017

Thirteen UON researchers have been awarded a Women in Research (WIR) Fellowship thanks to Research Advantage.

Dr Rachel Burke

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email rachel.burke@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6707
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HPE 3.7
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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