Rebecca is an early-career researcher in the field of curriculum inquiry and a lecturer in Education. She is interested in the ways curriculum is developed, represented and experienced by teachers, students and other stakeholders. This includes looking at the ways in which global and national education policy discourses intersect with local curriculum practices in the past and the present, particularly in regards to history education, studies of Asia and inter/transcultural education. She also taught in secondary schools for 13 years.
Her thesis, Representations of Asia in Senior Secondary History Curriculum, used discourse anlysis and critical policy analysis to investigate the representation of Asia-related history curriculum in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). It analysed the political and socio-historical contexts in which curriculum was developed over three decades and explored how Asia-related history curriculum is enacted by teachers. Her current research investigates student experience of Asia-related curriculum in senior schooling.
Rebecca currently teaches in the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (MALT) in middle and later years curriculum and peadgogy units, as well as units that relate to diversity, inclusion and the sociology of education. Prior to this she taught secondary Humanities and English for 13 years in Victoria and Queensland.Read more on Rebecca's profile
history education and curriculum; critical curriculum inquiry; studies of Asia; intercultural education; critical policy analysis
Deakin Contemporary Histories Research Group
History Teachers' Association of Victoria (HTAV)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
ECN720 Youth Cultures and Learning Pathways
ECN730 Introduction to Teaching: Later Years
ECN724 Later Years Teaching Strategies
ECN723 Middle Years Teaching Strategies
ECN728 Indigenous Students and Cultural Diversity
critical curriculum inquiry; critical policy analysis; discourse analysis; history education; studies of Asia; Asia as method; intercultural understanding
Cairns, R. (2018). Deimperialising Constructions of Asia in Senior Secondary History Curriculum. World Curriculum Studies Conference, Melbourne University, December 9-12.
Cairns, R. & Weinmann, M. (2018). ‘Successful participation’? Exploring the gap between intended and experienced Asia curriculum in senior secondary schooling, Where’s your Asia? Symposium, University of Western Australia, November.
Cairns, R. (2018). Beyond borders: methodological nationalism, mobilities and history curriculum. Re-positioning Asia literacy: Beyond Binaries and Boundaries, Deakin, Melbourne, May.
Cairns, R. (2016). The Shrinking VCE History Curriculum and a History of the Curricular Present. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, November.
Cairns, R. (2016). Analysing the discursive construction of Asia in senior secondary History curriculum in Australia. Asia Pacific Education Research Association (APERA) Conference, Kaohsuing Taiwan, November.
Cairns, R. (2016). Asia as Method: a tool for curriculum analysis. Paper presented at Education Hong Kong University and Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, November.
Cairns, R. (2016). Differentiating the Chinese Revolution. The History Teachers' Association of Victoria (HTAV) Annual Conference, Melbourne, August.
Cairns, R. (2018). ‘Western civilisation’? History teaching has moved on, and so should those who champion it. The Conversation. Retrived from https://theconversation.com/western-civilisation-history-teaching-has-moved-on-and-so-should-those-who-champion-it-97697
Cairns, R. (June 7, 2018). The Politics of History Education. Breakfast. ABC Radio Perth.
Cairns, R. (July 15, 2018). Whose Civilisation? Morning Juice. Radio Adelaide.
Philip Brown History Award 2016
Arts and Education Teaching Excellence Award (Middle Years Teaching Strategies Team) 2018
R Cairns, Christine Halse
(2018), Vol. 45, pp. 9-23, Asia literacy in a global world an Australian perspective, Singapore, B1
(2018), Vol. 53, pp. 4-13, Agora, Collingwood, Vic., C1
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