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
Rose Buchanek
Lecturer in Education (Humanities, Societies and Environments)
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

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