Humanities Teaching and Research Group

The Humanities Teaching and Research Group has deep teaching and research expertise in the core aspects of the humanities curriculum. They also specialise in related areas such as global education, environmental and sustainability education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and teaching about world views and major religions.

Our focus

We believe in the centrality of the humanities in developing young learners’ knowledge, understanding and values in relation to issues such as social justice, human rights and democratic processes.

The team promotes student-centred and inquiry-based learning, which enables learners to develop critical, creative and reflective thinking about contemporary issues, people and places.


Study opportunities

Prospective higher by degree research (HDR) students may have a variety of opportunities with the team. Expert supervision in specified fields is available, and also possible teaching and research assistant work.

Group members

Our group members have expertise in a variety of research areas.

Please see their individual profiles for research interests and supervision experience.

Staff

Name
Senior Lecturer in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)
Dr Ros Black 
Lecturer in Education
Dr Rose Buchanek
Lecturer in Education (Humanities)
Dr Rebecca Cairns
Lecturer in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)
Dr Kerri Garrard
Lecturer in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)
Kate Harvie
Teaching Scholar in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)
Dr Heather Wallace

Students

HDR students work on a range of research projects across humanities education research areas.

Student projects

TitleStudent
Non-residential alternative Year 9 programs in Victorian schools Josh Ambrosy
Engagement with contemporary local and global news events in the classroom: humanities teachers’ perspectives Habiba Fadel
Student voice in the Australian primary school Rachel Finneran
Approaches and practices of citizenship education at secondary schools in Bangladesh Md Tariq Islam
How do primary school teachers assess critical thinking skills within a humanities inquiry-based pedagogy? Joanne McIntosh
Creating sustainable practitioners: the case of the New Zealand training for vocational education and trades sector Rashika Sharma
Applied and affinitive practice of care in Australian schooling Catherine Smith

Research projects

The IB pathway: Inquiry into and in practice; curating the practicum portfolio and becoming a reflective practitioner

2019–2023

Research team: The chief investigator is Heather Wallace

Using the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile to facilitate pre-service teacher reflective practice and meta cognition

2018–2022

Research team: The chief investigators are Heather Wallace and Karen Chaur

Secondary school gardens as an applied learning space for transdisciplinary curriculum

2017–2021

Research team: The chief investigators are Gayle Jenkins and Heather Wallace

Funding: This project was funded by the Deakin University Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation

2018–2019

Research Team: Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Christine Ure, Andrea Gallant, Matthew Thomas, Emma Rowe, Ray Messer, Sarah Ohi, Amanda Mooney, Julie Arnold, Gaelene Hope-Rowe, Peter O'Keefe, Kate Harvie, Jacqui Peters, Katrina Broadhead, Karen Chaur, Kate Moncrieff, Kellie Sanders and Kerri Garrard

Funding: This project was funded by the Department of Education and Training Victoria

Citizenship, Hope and the Future of Youth: Young People Navigating a Post-Truth World

2017–2018

Research team: The chief investigator was Rosalyn Black

Funding: This project was funded by the Deakin University Research for Educational Impact Small Grants Program

Teach the Teacher: Ignite and Primary School Engagement Evaluations

2017–2020

Research team: The chief investigators are Eve Mayes and Rosalyn Black

Funding: This project is funded by the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC)

Educating the Global Citizen or Fostering Assured Optimism? Elite Higher Education Programs in Australia

2017–2018

Research team: The chief investigators are Claire Charles, Rosalyn Black and Amanda Keddie.

Funding: This project is funded by the Deakin University Research for Educational Impact Small Grants Program.

Inquiry-based Learning in Primary Humanities Teacher Education

2015–2016

Research team: The chief investigators were Lou Preston, Kate Harvie and Heather Wallace.

Funding: This project was funded by the Deakin University Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation.

Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility

2012–2016

Research team: The chief investigators were Amanda Third and Philippa Collin (Western Sydney University), Lucas Walsh (Monash University) and Rosalyn Black.

Funding: This project was an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.

Contact us

For more information about humanities education research, please contact Dr Rosalyn Black.

Dr. Rosalyn Black
Senior Lecturer in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)
Email Rosalyn Black
+61 3 9251 7006