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Dr Ruth Arber

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL and Languages)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2003
Master of Education (Research), La Trobe University, 1994
Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University, 1986
Diploma of Education, Monash University, 1977
Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, 1975

Contact

ruth.arber@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43933

Biography

Education and teaching have been central to my research and practice for over three decades. As a Senior Lecturer (TESOL) and Director of the Masters of TESOL (Education) program I provide practical, educational and pedagogically based programming for TESOL EAL and languages practicum and pedagogy units. Underlying my emphasis on an integrated and reflective approach to language teaching is my long experience working in schools and universities, a sound knowledge of recent theories and understandings in my field and interactions with students and colleagues. My background in socio-cultural and critical theory and to a social justice approach underpins my teaching in those units as well as for other units for which I designed and am responsible including nternationalising the curriculum and language across the curriculum.

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Biography summary

Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL)
Co-Director Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages (CTaLL)
Director Master of TESOL (Education), Graduate Certificate of TESOL (Education)
 

Research interests

My research experience and interests has three strands. The first extends my interest in identity and difference in education, its implications for understanding how discourses of race and ethnicity are played out in schools and its consequences for critical and inclusive education. The second applies to my more recent application of this work for the study of internationalization and cosmopolitanism in schools and education systems which are becoming increasingly globalised. The third brings together my long experience as a teacher of English as a second and foreign language and is concerned with the implementation of good teaching practice in diverse contexts worldwide.

Affiliations

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
American Education Research Association (AERA)
Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANCZIES)
Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Co-editor of TESOL in Context
Research for Educational Impact (REDI)

Teaching interests

My interest in socio-cultural and critical theory and to a social justice approach underpin my strong commitment to teaching practice.
 

Units taught

ETL 700 Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms
ETL 701 TESOL Method
ETL 706 Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms
ETL 715 Internationalising the Curriculum

Knowledge areas

Identity and difference

EAL, TESOL and languages pedagogy and practice

Social justice

Globalisation

International education

Race and multiculturalism

Multicultural and intercultural education

Multilingualism

Social cultural theory

Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

Professional activities

2012 - 15 Assoc. Editor TESOL in Context
2012 Co-Convener 2012 TASA Sociology of Education symposium "Disrupting inequality: What has and what can Sociology of Education do to make a difference?". 2009 Committee Member Victorian Association for Teachers of Multicultural Education (VATME)
2003/4 Secretary, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2004 Melbourne Conference Committee
2003 Reviews Editor, TESOL in Context, Journal of Australian Council of TESOL Associations
1995 2000 Committee Member, Victorian Association for Teachers of Multicultural Education (VATME)
1996/2001 Convener Critical literacy discussion group Faculty of Education, Monash University
1998/2000 Chair, Education Research Community of Staff and Students (ERCSS)

Awards

2003 Monash Education Alumni Award (Doctoral)
1996/2000 Australian Postgraduate Award

Projects

2013 DRG How Melbourne teachers practise Asia literacy: Religious dimensions Neilsen, R; Arber, R; Weinman, M; Kostogriz, A                                                                                                                                             
2013 CRG The Global educator: The implications of teacher mobility on teacher education,policy and practice. Arber, Vongales- macrow

 

2012 - 2015 ARC Linkage Grant
Halse, Prof Christine ; Mansouri, Prof Fethi ; Arrowsmith, A/Prof Colin A; Moss, A/Prof Julianne ; Arber, Dr Ruth E; Denson, Dr Nida ; Priest, Dr Naomi; Webster, Dr Robert S Webster
Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

2009- 2013 ARC Linkage Grant

Prof JA Blackmore; Dr RE Arber; Prof LE Farrell; Prof MT Devlin Investigating mismatches between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages

Investigating mismatches between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages
2012 DRG
Ruth arber, Athena Vongalies macrow
The global educator: The implications of teacher mobility on teacher education, professionalism and practice.
2012 small grant the manifestion of religious identity and relationships in Australian educational institutions
2009 ARC Linkage Grant

A Prof Alex Kostogriz, Dr R, Arber. Dr Z. Golebiowski
Supporting the English academic literacy of international students: A case study of TESOL program in an Australian University

A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Simone White & Dr Joanne OMara (Mentor: Professor Diane Mayer) The professional practice of beginning teachers: What counts as effective teaching in disadvantaged schools

Professor Jill Blackmore, Professor Di Mayer; Assoc Professor Alex Kostogriz; Dr Ruth Arber; Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow; Dr Richard Johnson; Dr Andrea Gallant; Dr Dawn Joseph; Dr Jennifer Angwin) Internationalisation, Inclusivity and Knowledge Work

2008 Research development fund
With Rod MacClean
Career change and intercultural English and ESL teachers

With Jill Blackmore Social-cultural impacts of fee-paying International students in Australian secondary schools and their implications for curriculum, policy and practice

2007 Deakin University Central Research Grant (CRG)

Received with Jill Blackmore Central Research Grant (CRG)
Impact of internationalization on secondary schooling and teachers


2005 Deakin University Just missed out Central Research Grant (CRG)
Received Deakin University Central Research Grant (CRG) International students in local Victorian government schools

2003-4 Deakin University - Research Initiative Grant (RIG)
Changing school communities: International students in government

Publications

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2019

Interrogating the promise of a whole school approach to intercultural education: an Australian Investigation

S Ohi, Joanne O'Mara, Ruth Arber, Catherine Hartung, Gary Shaw, Christine Halse

(2019), Vol. 18, pp. 234-247, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Fostering a sense of belonging and identity through sound and spirituality

D Joseph

(2018), pp. 189-200, Re-enchanting education and spiritual wellbeing, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter
2017

Beyond "little miss international": exploring the imaginaries of mobile educators

R Arber, P Pitt

(2017), pp. 189-207, Global teaching : Southern perspectives on teachers working with diversity, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Re-imagining Asian religious identity: towards a critical pedagogy of religion and race in Australian schools

R Neilsen, R Arber, M Weinmann

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-15, Education sciences, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Orientating multilingualism: navigating languages teacher identities

M Weinmann, R Arber

(2017), Vol. 37, pp. 173-179, Curriculum perspectives, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Editorial: Australian TESOL contexts; a state of flux

R Neilsen, M Weinmann, R Arber

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 2-6, TESOL in context, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2016

Rethinking pedagogy and practice in TESOL and languages

R Arber

(2016), pp. 53-60, Multidisciplinary research perspectives in education shared experiences from Australia and China, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter
2015

Mobile teachers: becoming professional mobile educators in the marketization of education

A Vongalis-Macrow, A Vongalis-Macrow, R Arber, R Arber

(2015), pp. 629-644, Handbook of mobile teaching and learning, Berlin, Germany, B1-1

book chapter

International graduates' endeavours for work in Australia: the experience of international graduates of accounting transitioning into Australian labour market

R Arber, M Rahimi

(2015), pp. 59-76, International education and cultural-linguistic experiences of international students in Australia, Samford Valley, Qld., B1

book chapter

Deconstructing religious identity, difference, and belonging : implications for anti-racist pedagogy

R Arber

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 21-35, Diaspora, Indigenous, and minority education, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

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

The exhilaration of being not at home: tourist teachers and the negotiation of identity, difference and belonging

R Arber

(2014), pp. 63-78, Mobile teachers, teacher identity and international schooling, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

Mobile teachers, teacher identity and international schooling : Introduction

R Arber, J Blackmore, A Vongalis-Macrow

(2014), pp. 1-10, Mobile teachers, teacher identity and international schooling, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Australian international graduates and the transition to employment

J Blackmore, C Gribble, L Farrell, M Rahimi, R Arber, M Devlin

(2014), Burwood, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Mobile teachers, teacher identity and international schooling

R Arber, J Blackmore, A Vongalis-Macrow

(2014), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, A7

edited book
2012

Encountering an-other : the culture of curriculum and inclusive pedagogies

R Arber

(2012), pp. 461-477, International handbook of migration, minorities and education : understanding cultural and social differences in processes of learning, Dordrecht , Netherlands, B1

book chapter
2010

English education for international students in local schools : practices of inclusion and discourses of exclusion

R Arber

(2010), Vol. 34, pp. 1-43, English teaching & learning, Taiwan, C1

journal article
2009

Social disconnection, or popular racism

R Arber

(2009), pp. 65-85, Youth identity and migration : culture, values and social connectedness, Altona, Vic., B1

book chapter

Discourses of antagonism and desire : marketing for international students in neighbourhood schools

R Arber

(2009), Vol. 7, pp. 167-184, Globalisation, societies and education, London, England, C1

journal article
2008

Race, ethnicity and education in globalised times

R Arber

(2008), pp. 1-214, Race, Ethnicity and Education in Globalised Times, A1

book

Interrogating 'imagined' communities : exploring the impact of international students in local schools

R Arber

(2008), Vol. 11, pp. 387-404, Race, ethnicity and education, London, England, C1

journal article
2006

Whispering in our hearts: speaking of another in changing schools

R Arber

(2006), Vol. 27, pp. 85-101, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, London, England, C1

journal article

A tenuous belonging: international students, multiculturalism and the manifestation of cosmopolitanism in local schools

R Arber

(2006), pp. 1-24, AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia, Adelaide, South Australia, E1

conference

Transmitting music through culture: a way forward to harmonise a discordant world

D Joseph, R Arber

(2006), pp. 1-8, AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia, Adelaide, South Australia, E1

conference
2005

Speaking of race and ethnic identities : exploring multicultural curricula

R Arber

(2005), Vol. 37, pp. 633-652, Journal of curriculum studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Changing communities: international students in local government schools

R Arber

(2005), Vol. 4, pp. 727-736, International journal of diversity in organisations, communities and nations., Altona, Vic., C1

journal article
2004

PERSPECTIVES OF ANOTHER: CONCEIVING OF OURSELVES IN CRITICAL TIMES

Ruth Arber

(2004), Vol. 45, pp. 67-88, Critical Studies in Education, C1

journal article
2003

Defining diversity and its relation to the local and global: a question of methodology

R Arber

(2003), Vol. 3, pp. 132-148, International journal of diversity in organisations, communities and nations., Altona, Vic., C1

journal article

The Presence of An-Other: The Prescience of Racism in Post-Modern Times

Ruth Arber

(2003), Vol. 4, pp. 249-268, Journal of Educational Change, C1

journal article

The ambivalence of otherness: The manifestation of 'whiteness' in an australian school-1988-1998

R Arber

(2003), Vol. 24, pp. 289-305, Journal of Intercultural Studies, C1

journal article

Of great love and immense hate: the ambivalence of the other in a local/global school

R Arber

(2003), pp. 1-20, Teachers as leaders: teacher education for a global profession: ICET 2003 International yearbook on teacher education, 48th world assembly, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

The diversity challenge : the implementation of multiculturalism in globalised times

R Arber

(2003), pp. 65-83, Managing Diversity Conference 2003: conference proceedings, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Investigating mismatches between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages

Prof Jillian Blackmore, Dr Ruth Arber, Prof Lesley Farrell, Prof Marcia Devlin, Mr Mohammadali Rahimi

ARC_DUAPAI ARC_Deakin University Australian Postgraduate Award Industry, ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2 APAI

  • 2013: $14,358
  • 2012: $25,143
  • 2011: $69,236
  • 2010: $85,803
  • 2009: $40,204

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Prof Christine Halse, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Nida Denson, Dr Naomi Priest, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2015: $76,337
  • 2014: $149,988
  • 2013: $108,321
  • 2012: $70,097

Other Public Sector Funding

Investigating mismatches between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages

Prof Jillian Blackmore, Dr Ruth Arber, Prof Lesley Farrell, Prof Marcia Devlin, Mr Mohammadali Rahimi

  • 2012: $35,000
  • 2011: $35,000
  • 2010: $35,000

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Prof Christine Halse, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Nida Denson, Dr Naomi Priest, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2013: $10,000
  • 2012: $125,000

Adult literacy innovation program

Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Rod Neilsen

  • 2018: $12,426

Upskilling EAL Pedagogy in the Northern Territory

Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Michiko Weinmann

  • 2018: $272,526

Language Teaching Professional Development: Practice-Based Research

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Rod Neilsen

  • 2018: $99,519

Upskilling the Languages teaching profession in Queensland.

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Rod Neilsen

  • 2020: $93,249

Industry and Other Funding

Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

Prof Christine Halse, Prof Fethi Mansouri, A/Prof Colin Arrowsmith, Prof Julianne Moss, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Nida Denson, Dr Naomi Priest, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara

  • 2014: $30,000
  • 2013: $30,000
  • 2012: $30,000

Languages Teaching Methodology Course: Upskilling Community Language Teachers.

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber

  • 2019: $15,640

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Pedagogy in South Australia.

Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Ruth Arber

  • 2019: $20,400

EAL Action Research for primary teachers

Dr Rod Neilsen, Dr Michiko Weinmann, Dr Ruth Arber

  • 2020: $890
  • 2019: $9,602

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Thi Mai Nhung Nguyen

Thesis entitled: Complexity of English Language Learners' Autonomy, Motivation and Self

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Safiah Sidek

Thesis entitled: Varieties of Blended Learning Pedagogy in Australian and Malaysian Universities

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Executive Supervisor
2017

Penelope Pitt

Thesis entitled: Family Photographs, Migrant Mothers and Student Families: A Posthumanist Study

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2016

Margaret Perger

Thesis entitled: Settling Teachers in Multicultural Classrooms: A Critical Response to Inequality

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2015

Yeny Prastiwi

Thesis entitled: Folktales as a medium of teaching English: two primary schools in Solo, Indonesia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Co-supervisor
2020

Yingmei Luo

Thesis entitled: Experiences of Chinese Learners of English in Sino-Australian Programs at Tertiary Level in China

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2013

Nishta Devi Rosunee

Thesis entitled: Who's culture, where and why? - identity, culture and artistic expression

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Associate Supervisor
2016

Mohammadali Rahimi

Thesis entitled: Transnational employability and the university - work transition for Australian international graduates

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Jarjani .

Thesis entitled: Complexities of Active Learning Implementation in Higher Education in Aceh: Beliefs and Cultures

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2015

Zuraini Ramli

Thesis entitled: Teaching and learning mathematics and science in a second or third language

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2014

Bin Ai

Thesis entitled: Everyday Communication and Identity Work of Chinese Students in Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2010

Chi-Cheng Wu

Thesis entitled: The Outcomes, Proceses and Challenges of Inclusive Education in Victoria

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education