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Prof Amanda Mooney

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Office of the Exec Dean A&E

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2013
Master of Physical & Health Education (Distinction), Deakin University, 2006

Contact

amanda.mooney@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73285

Biography

After nearly a decade as a teacher of Health and Physical Education, VET and Applied Learning (VCAL) in secondary schools, Amanda returned to the tertiary sector in 2007 and has been involved in the leadership, design and delivery of initial teacher education and professional studies in education for the past fifteen years.  Amanda has been the Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in Deakin’s School of Education since 2019 and has played a key role in leading curriculum innovation and design, teaching excellence, and assessment and feedback practices that support student experiences and graduate outcomes.  Further, in this role she has had oversight of all ITE accreditation activities as they relate to the external endorsement of programs across Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, as well as the professional recognition and endorsement of postgraduate qualifications for teachers.  Amanda’s teaching expertise focuses on pedagogy, curriculum and assessment practices as they relate to teachers’ work, particularly for the role they can play in the pursuit of (more) socially just practices in education.  During her time in the tertiary sector, Amanda has held various positions including Course Director for the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree, Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator for the School of Education and is the current co-convenor of the ‘Innovating Teacher Education’ faculty research group.

Amanda is a member of the Research for Educational Impact (REDI) strategic research and innovation centre at Deakin University, contributing primarily to the interdisciplinary theme of ‘Diversity and Social Justice in Education’.  She is a member of the Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) Hub at Deakin and previously led the Sport, Culture and Social Change Faculty Research Group (2014-2016).  Inherently, Amanda’s research collectively focuses on addressing issues that constrain socially just practices in health and physical education, sport, schooling and professional education settings and identifying factors that support more inclusive educative practices across a range of settings.  This has spanned the contexts of teacher education, elite women’s sport, areas of social disadvantage, rurality and regionality to support the health, wellbeing and learning of those experiencing vulnerability.

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Research interests

Amanda’s research interests are underpinned by a strong commitment to social justice and the role that education can play in furthering this pursuit.  Key here has been a significant investment in investigating approaches to, and practices in, teacher education and associated pathways that promote teacher’s critical dispositions and the development of practical expertise to effectively support diverse learners in inclusive ways.  With a strong disciplinary commitment to the practice of Health, Physical Education and Sport in schooling contexts, Amanda’s research has primarily drawn on qualitative methodologies to examine the ways in which cultural and societal factors shape identities, professional practice, and pedagogies.  This expertise has been applied to projects spanning various contexts including school-based Health and Physical Education, community sporting clubs, teacher education settings, outdoor adventure-based programs and women’s elite professional sporting contexts. At times, this focus has been extended to examine wellbeing and learning for young people experiencing vulnerability and trauma in rural and regional contexts.

More recently, Amanda’s research activities have focussed on approaches to teacher education that support workforce supply in areas of high-demand.  While a key component of this has addressed factors that enable and constrain the attraction, success and retention of teacher education students across the early childhood and schooling sectors, particularly as periods of workforce shortage intensify, a key element of this work has focussed on the capacity building of current and future teachers.  This has included an interest in pre-service teacher mentoring practices and professional learning practices to support mentors in this critical role. While much of this work has drawn on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Amanda’s research is largely underpinned by post-structural theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to make visible the ways in which inequitable practices become normalised in particular settings at certain times, but also to highlight the ways in which these can be challenges to promote more equitable, enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences for young people.

Affiliations

Fellow of Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

Health and Physical Education Tertiary Alliance of Victoria (HPETAV)

Conferences

Mooney, A., Blake, D., Robertson, N., & Tobin, K.  (2022).  Innovation in Teacher Education: Enabling pathways to respond to the challenges of workforce supply.  Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, University of South Australia, November 27 to December 1, 2022.

Schenker, K., & Mooney, A.,  (2022).  Theoretical framework: What stands for social justice in HPE and what are we trying to solve.  Paper presented as part of Gerdin et al.,  (2022), EDUHEALTH 2.0 (Re)examining and developing pedagogies for social justice in Health and Physical Education, Symposium, British Educaitonal Research Association (BERA) Conference, University of Liverpool, September 6-8 2022.

Hickey, C., & Mooney, A.  (2021).  Understanding the moment while negotating the time, Australian Associate for Reserach in Education (AARE) Health and Physical Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Keynote, Online Conference, November 28 - December 2, 2021.

Farrelly, C, Mooney, A, Emery, S & Swabey, K (2019), Supporting student wellbeing in schools located in areas of social disadvantage, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, December 1-5, 2019.


MacPhail, A & Mooney, A (2019), Assessment resistance and reformation: A tale of two Irish teacher unions and the implications for teacher’s practice, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, December 1-5, 2019.

Mooney, A (2019), Education for Social Justice – Social Justice Pedagogies in School Health and Physical Education, Symposium Discussant, European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), 3-6 September 2019, Universität Hamburg, Germany.

Mooney, A (2018), Doing Gender: Relationships, Emotions and Spaces of Learning, Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Symposium, Deakin Downtown, August 13 2018.

Mooney, A & Whittle R (2018), International overview: Contextualising PE assessment policy and enactment in Australia: A case study of physical education in Victoria, AIESEP Specialist Seminar, Future Directions in PE Assessment, 18-20 October, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Mooney, A, Hickey, C & Brown, T 2017, 'Discipline contestations in Physical Education: Ruminations in Teacher Education', Paper presented at the British Educaitonal Research Association (BERA) Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, September 5-7, 2017.

Professional activities

Network of Associate Deans of Learning and Teaching in Education (NADLATE), Australian Council of Deans of Education, Victorian Steering Group Committee representative 

Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria - previous Vice President and Director

Accredited Stage 1 and Stage 2 ITE Panellist for the accreditation of Initial Teacher Education programs in Australia, AITSL

Awards

Fellow of Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), 2019

Deakin University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthy Deakin - Deakin Women in Sport and Exercise Hub (WISE), 2017

Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria, Postgraduate (Doctoral) Award of Distinction for the Most Outstanding Research, 2013

Australian Learning and Teaching Council - Citation award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2011

University of Ballarat - Vice-Chancellor's Citations awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2009

Projects

Mooney, A., Morrisey, A., Roberston, N., & Wishart, L.  (2022).  Review of Early Childhood Supervising Pre-Service Teachers Modules.  Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Paatsch, L., Mooney, A., Nolan, A., Moss, J., Molla, T., & Healy, S (2021).  Cottage by the Sea - Where Young Pople Matter: Mentor Program.

Bearman, M., Boud, D., Partridge, H., O'Donnell, M., Mooney, A., Scarparo, S., Dunn, M., Costin, G., Taylor, D., McKay, F., Contessotto, C., Dullaghan, D., Fox, B., Walker, H., & Chandir, H.  (2021).  Sustaining Teaching and Learning Innovation in Higher Education Institutions.

Gerdin, G., Linner, S., Schenker, L, Kitching, A., Mooney, A., & Hickey, C (2020), Social justice practices in school health, physical education and life orientation: an international comparative study, The Swedish Foundation for International Coooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).

Moroni L, Wimpenny, K, Mooney A, Adefila, A, & Hickey C (2019), Reviewing the reforms associated with decolonization: the curricula, institutional structures and processes, Cross-Centre International and Interdisciplinary Pilot Projects, Coventry University

Hickey, C., Ollis, D & Mooney, A (2018), Exploring respectful relationships in AFLW, Australian Football League.

Prain, V, Tytler, R, Deed, C, Myers, N, Blake, D, Muir, T, Farrelly, C, Mooney, A, Thomas, D & Swabey, K (2015-2019).  Improving regional low SES students’ learning and wellbeing, ARC Linkage Project.

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Tracey Muir, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mr Damon Thomas, A/Prof Karen Swabey

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2019: $199
  • 2018: $1,342
  • 2017: $71,820
  • 2016: $39,408

Other Public Sector Funding

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Tracey Muir, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mr Damon Thomas, A/Prof Karen Swabey

Weeroona College Bendigo, Department of Education and Training Victoria, Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College, Eaglehawk Secondary College, Northern Bay P-12 College, Bendigo South East Secondary School

  • 2020: $20,690
  • 2018: $45,827
  • 2017: $9,500

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

Prof Julianne Moss, Mrs Kate Harvie, Dr Jacqui Peters, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Cassandra Iannucci, Dr Claire Stonehouse, A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, A/Prof Matthew Thomas, Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Emma Rowe, Dr Brandi Fox

Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $238,011
  • 2021: $582,596
  • 2020: $344,395
  • 2019: $244,037
  • 2018: $182,564

Deakin University - Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) - 2021 and 2022 Cohorts.

Prof Damian Blake, Dr Kellie Tobin, Dr Cheryl Ryan, Dr Adam Usher, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mrs Juliet Erekson

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $45,747
  • 2022: $254,238
  • 2021: $100,000
  • 2020: $100,000

VCAL Teachers Scholarships Program - Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Kellie Tobin, Mrs Juliet Erekson, Dr Cheryl Ryan, Dr Adam Usher

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $894,870
  • 2021: $545,183

Accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education for diploma qualified educators ("Accelerated BECE") student cohorts

Prof Damian Blake, Dr Natalie Robertson, Prof Amanda Mooney, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Ms Naomi David, Dr Rosemarie Scott

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $102,000
  • 2022: $698,000
  • 2021: $1,120,000

VET Employment-based pathways into Teaching Program for qualified educators student cohorts

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Amanda Mooney, A/Prof Trace Ollis, Dr Adam Usher, Dr Cheryl Ryan, Dr Kellie Tobin, Mrs Juliet Erekson

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $558,334
  • 2021: $447,000

Study and Pilot testing of a Multi-Provider Teaching Academy of Professional Practice Model for workforce creating in Victorian Rural and Regional.

Prof Damian Blake, A/Prof Matthew Thomas, Prof Amanda Mooney, Prof Dianne Toe, Mrs Edwina El Hachem

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2021: $150,000

Improving Mentoring in Teacher Education.

A/Prof Matthew Thomas, Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Kate Johnstone, Prof Damian Blake, Dr Trent Brown, Dr Kellie Tobin

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $75,000
  • 2022: $75,000

Deakin University Early Childhood Innovative Initial Teacher Education Program: Accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Dr Natalie Robertson, Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Mandy Cooke

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $1,124,000
  • 2022: $522,000

Innovative ITE intervention to address teacher workforce supply.

Prof Amanda Mooney, Prof Damian Blake, Dr Kellie Tobin, Dr Adam Usher, Dr Cheryl Ryan, Mrs Juliet Erekson, A/Prof Matthew Thomas

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $160,000
  • 2022: $50,000

Industry and Other Funding

Improving Regional Low SES Students Learning and Wellbeing

Prof Damian Blake, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Tracey Muir, Prof Amanda Mooney, Mr Damon Thomas, A/Prof Karen Swabey

Anglicare Tasmania Inc., La Trobe University

  • 2017: $20,763
  • 2016: $1,000

The Professionalisation of Women's Cricket: New times and New opportunities

Prof Chris Hickey, Hon Prof Lyn Harrison, Hon Prof Debbie Ollis, Prof Amanda Mooney

Australian Cricketers Association

  • 2017: $25,000

Exploring Respectful Relationships in AFLW

Prof Chris Hickey, Prof Amanda Mooney, Hon Prof Debbie Ollis

AFL Grant - Research - Australian Football League

  • 2019: $4,545
  • 2018: $13,636

Developing Supportive Environment for AFLW.

Prof Chris Hickey, Prof Amanda Mooney, Hon Prof Debbie Ollis

AFL Grant - Research - Australian Football League

  • 2019: $48,420

Cottage by the Sea-Where Young People Matter: Mentor Program

Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Amanda Mooney, Prof Andrea Nolan, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen, Dr Sarah Healy

Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff Inc

  • 2023: $14,998
  • 2021: $14,998

The Ripple Effect of Cottage by the Sea.

Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Amanda Mooney, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Tebeje Molla Mekonnen, Prof Andrea Nolan, Dr Trevor Mccandless

Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff Inc

  • 2023: $24,999

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2023

Claire Stonehouse

Thesis entitled: Parental practices of sexuality education: Examining experience to inform futures

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2021

John Andrew Hill

Thesis entitled: Personalising Learning in Practical Physical Education in Middle-Years¿ Schooling

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Executive Supervisor
2021

Rhona Leonard

Thesis entitled: Lesson study and teacher professional learning in socially disadvantaged regions.

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Co-supervisor
2022

Tina Daniel-Zitzlaff

Thesis entitled: Teaching Early Reading: Teacher Perspectives of Practice

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2018

Niloofar Margarite Rouhani

Thesis entitled: Women's Sport Participation in the United Arab Emirates: A Case Study

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2021

Cristina Mouratides-Mediouni

Thesis entitled: Reading manhood: A case study of young Tunisian males

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Jacqueline Lee Peters

Thesis entitled: Understanding early-career physical educators' theories of practice amidst curriculum change

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2017

Christine Roma Schulz

Thesis entitled: Learning to be Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Educators

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2016

Patricia Rose Lucas

Thesis entitled: Exploring Critical Reflection in Cooperative Education: A Case Study

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education