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Dr Claire Charles

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2009
Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2003

Contact

c.charles@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46631

Biography

Since her own adolescence, Claire has sought to understand constructions of gender and sexualities, and how the school system mediates these constructs. As a former English teacher, and now sociologist of education, Claire’s research program advances understanding of how schools and young people - often those in highly privileged contexts - engage with social justice. She leads the current research project ‘Understanding gender perspectives amongst elite private boys’ school alumni: 1970-present’ working with colleagues Lucinda McKnight and George Variyan.

Claire's work has illuminated the identity work of girls attending elite private schooling, and generates new questions about the intersections of class, gender and schooling, by taking theories commonly used outside the elite school context and putting them under scrutiny. The theoretical resources and methodologies that inform her work are drawn from feminist work with ‘the posts’ and new materialism. Rethinking these theories will help schools and their students to create new ways to live together well, beyond harmful gendered binaries.

Claire is a member of Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre in Education - Research for Educational Impact (REDI). Her book, Elite girls' schooling, social class and sexualised popular culture was published by Routlege in 2014.

She has published in the following world-leading international journals: The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Feminist Theory; Teaching and Teacher Education; Journal of Youth Studies; British Journal of Sociology of Education; Critical Studies in Education.

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Career highlights

2018- present: Leading the implementation of an IB Educator Certificate at Deakin

2016: Joining REDI (Research for Educational Impact) Deakin University

2014: Publication of my sole authored monograph arising from my doctoral work

2006-2011: Co-convenor of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture Special Interest Group within AARE

Affiliations

Australian Association for Research in Education
Gender and Education Association

Teaching interests

Social contexts of education

Curriculum and pedagogy

Units taught

ECL307 Introduction to the IB PYP

ETP303 Curriculum and Pedagogy

Professional activities

Claire leads the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (Primary Years Programme) within the Bachelor of Education at Deakin. 

She has completed Category 1 PYP training and is familiar with the IB philosophy and principles.

Claire conducts research into how pre-service teachers undertaking the certification program understand International Mindedness (IM), and she is interested in how a partnership with the IB may enhance pre-service teachers to develop a critical global sensibility.  

Publications

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2022

Graduate capitals and employability: Insights from an Australian university co-curricular scholarship program

Joanne Gleeson, Ros Black, Amanda Keddie, Claire Charles

(2022), pp. 1-9, Pedagogy Culture and Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Disrupting power through reflexivity: new possibilities for researchers and teachers working with Dalits in Nepal

Sudeep Khanal, Claire Charles

(2022), pp. 1-15, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

'Doing great things for the world': merit and the justice politics of young people receiving an elite educational scholarship

C Charles, R Black, A Keddie

(2021), Vol. 42, pp. 869-880, Discourse, C1

journal article
2020

Conceptions of performativity, responsibility and care within a University excellence program

Amanda Keddie, Ros Black, Claire Charles

(2020), Vol. 47, pp. 95-111, Australian educational researcher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Inciting youth mobilities: insights from an elite university scholarship program

Rosalyn Black, Claire Charles, Amanda Keddie

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 340-355, Journal of youth studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

More than a class act? dilemmas in researching elite school girls' feminist politics

C Charles, A Allan

(2020), pp. 1-19, Feminist Theory, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Young people on asylum seekers: the 'dirty work of boundary making' in the politics of belonging

Christine Halse, R Black, Claire Charles

(2018), pp. 117-139, Interrogating belonging for young people in schools, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter
2017

An entrepreneurial adventure? Young women pre-service teachers in remote Aboriginal Australia

C Charles

(2017), Vol. 61, pp. 179-188, Teaching and Teacher Education, C1

journal article
2016

School principals and racism: responding to Aveling

C Charles, C Mahoney, B Fox, C Halse

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 230-244, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Dangerous practices: The practicum experiences of non-indigenous pre-service teachers in remote communities

G Auld, J Dyer, C Charles

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 165-179, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, C1

journal article
2015

Doing diversity: intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

C Halse, F Mansouri, J Moss, Y Paradies, J O'Mara, R Arber, N Denson, C Arrowsmith, N Priest, C Charles, A Cloonan, B Fox, C Hartung, C Mahoney, S Ohi, G Ovenden, G Shaw, L Wright

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2014

Elite girls' schooling, social class and sexualised popular culture

C Charles

(2014), Oxon, Eng., A1

book
2013

Preparing for life in the global village: producing global citizen subjects in UK schools

A Allan, C Charles

(2013), Vol. Online, pp. 1-19, Research Papers in Education, Oxon, U.K., C1

journal article

Cosmo girls: configurations of class and femininity in elite educational settings

A Allan, C Charles

(2013), Vol. 35, pp. 333-352, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Oxon, Eng., C1

journal article

Knowledge making by pre-service teachers on a professional placement experience in a remote Australian indigenous community

G Auld, C Charles, J Dyer, G Levy, A Marshall

(2013), pp. 1-7, ATEA 2013 : Knowledge makers and notice takers: teacher education research impacting policy and practice : Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference 2013, Brisbane, Qld., E1

conference
2012

Gender and computer games : what can we learn from the research?

C Charles

(2012), pp. 127-133, Digital games : literacy in action, Kent Town, S. A., B1

book chapter

Deleting the male gaze? Tech-savvy girls and new femininities in secondary school classrooms

C Charles

(2012), pp. 177-194, Constructing the self in a digital world, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

New girl heroes : the rise of popular feminist commentators in an era of sexualisation

C Charles

(2012), Vol. 24, pp. 317-323, Gender and education, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Constructions of education and resistance within popular feminist commentary on girls and sexualisation

C Charles

(2012), Geelong, Vic, A6

research report/technical paper
2010

Complicating hetero-femininities : young women, sexualities and girl power at school

C Charles

(2010), Vol. 23, pp. 33-47, International journal of qualitative studies in education, Abingdon, England, C1-1

journal article

Raunch culture goes to school? : young women, normative femininities and elite education

C Charles

(2010), pp. 61-70, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Supergirl scorned : lessons about young femininity in an Australian television satire

C Charles

(2010), Vol. 51, pp. 265-276, Critical studies in education, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Cosmo girls : new configurations of class and femininity in elite educational settings

C Charles, A Allan

(2010), pp. 1-1, AWGSA 2010 : Proceedings of the Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association Conference 2010 : emerging spaces : new possibilities in critical times, Adelaide, S.A., E1-1

conference
2008

'Go Grrrl!' : constructions of femininity in the textual practices of elite girls' schooling

C Charles

(2008), pp. 1-13, AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures. Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Association for Research in Education conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2007

Would the 'real' girl gamer please stand up? Gender, LAN cafes and the reformulation of the 'girl' gamer.

C Beavis, C Charles

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 691-705, Gender and education, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Digital media and girling at an elite girls' school

C Charles

(2007), Vol. 32, pp. 135-147, Learning, media and technology, Abingdon, U.K., C1-1

journal article

Exploring girl power : gender, literacy and the textual practices of young women attending an elite school

C Charles

(2007), Vol. 6, pp. 72-88, English teaching : practice and critique, Hamilton, N. Z., C1-1

journal article
2006

Developed and convened a symposium entitled exploring the gendered dimensions of young women's participation in digital culture

C Charles

(2006), pp. 1-1, AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia, Adelaide, S.A., E1-1

conference

Elite girls' schooling in contemporary Australia : 'UnAustralia as 'girl power'.

C Charles

(2006), pp. 1-1, CSAA 2006 : Proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference., Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1

conference
2005

Writing, English and digital culture

C Beavis, C Charles

(2005), pp. 229-246, Writing = learning, Kent Town, S. Aust., B1

book chapter

Challenging notions of gendered game play: teenagers playing `The Sims`

C Beavis, C Charles

(2005), Vol. 26, pp. 355-368, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, London, England, C1

journal article

Cultural politics in the English classroom : textually dangerous territory?

C Charles

(2005), Vol. 41, pp. 24-31, Idiom : journal of the Victorian association for the teaching of english, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

The literacy practices of young women discussing sexed and gendered subjectivities : pedagogical spaces at school.

C Charles

(2005), pp. 1-1, AARE 2005 : Creative dissent: constructive solutions : Proceedings of the 2005 Australian Association for Research in Education conference, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference
2004

Heteroglossia : a space for developing critical language awareness?

B Doecke, A Kostogriz, C Charles

(2004), Vol. 3, pp. 29-42, English teaching : practice and critique, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1-1

journal article

Heteroglossia : a space for developing critical language awareness?

J Brown, C Charles, B Doecke, A Kostogriz

(2004), pp. 1-13, AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference

Re-thinking discourses of heterosexuality in single-sex girls' education

C Charles

(2004), pp. 1-15, AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Access Quality Teaching

Dr Lynette Longaretti, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Claire Charles, Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Julie Arnold

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $93,175
  • 2021: $90,000

Industry and Other Funding

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: Alignment with the Australian Curriculum and Australian Qualifications Framework

A/Prof Mary Dixon, Dr Claire Charles, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Julianne Moss

International Baccalaureate Organization

  • 2014: $4,291
  • 2013: $38,621

Supervisions

Executive Supervisor
2020

Kay McCullough

Thesis entitled: Interculturality in an Elite Australian Girls¿ School

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Sudeep Khanal

Thesis entitled: Education, Power, and Reflexivity: An Analysis of Dalits Capability Development Opportunities

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2017

Caroline Mahoney

Thesis entitled: Young women and interculturality: A study of subjectivities

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2019

Kathryn Riley

Thesis entitled: (Re)Storying Human/Nonhuman Relationships: Posthumanist Possibilities in Researcher/Teacher/Environmental Education Worlds

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2014

Lucinda McKnight

Thesis entitled: The Glitterbomb: Designing Curriculum and Identity with Girls' Popular Culture

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education