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Robert Parkes

  • PhD
  • Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies
  • The University of Newcastle
  • 2PublicationsNumber of items in Robert's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 8Followers

About

Robert is Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies (History, Social Science, & Media Education) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Robert has been a recipient of the Newcombe Hodge Essay Prize (1997), and a Dean's List Scholar, graduating from the University of Sydney as the equivalent of "dux litterarum" with Class I Honours and the University Medal (2000). He joined the University of Newcastle in January 2007, following a four-year tenure at Charles Sturt University, where he was a foundation member of the Subjectivities in Teacher Education (SITE) Community of Scholars led by Professor Bill Green; was a key member of the organising committee of the New Psychologies in Education symposium (2004); and gained a reputation for pedagogical innovation. Robert has significant recent university administration experience, serving two consecutive terms (between 2008-2011) as Deputy Head of School, Teaching & Learning, and Chair of the School of Education Teaching & Learning Committee, providing leadership in the most wide-ranging and substantial undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum renewal projects within the School of Education for over a decade. Robert has been described as "a refreshing new voice in Australian curriculum studies" (Professor Noel Gough, La Trobe University). His main research interests include: * History Education: particularly history curriculum, didactics, and teacher education; postmodern historical and political consciousness, narrative diversity, the culture wars, and the problem of the nation; and teaching and learning history as historiographic and hermeneutic activities; * Curriculum Inquiry: particularly the interplay and collision of contemporary and historical curriculum theories, philosophies, ideologies and discourses; curriculum cartographies (disciplinary, interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary and meta-disciplinary curricula) and their shaping of teacher agency; as well as curriculum politics and the problem of representation, legitimation, and authority; * Pedagogy as Social Practice: with a focus on social constructivist pedagogical practices such as Project Based Learning as a way of directly engaging and challenging theory-practice dualisms; rethinking critical pedagogy; and pedagogy as bildung (or the social and political practice of self-cultivation). Robert is the author of Interrupting history: Rethinking history curriculum after ‘the end of history’, a book that re-examines the nature of the alleged 'threat' to history posed by postmodernism, and explores the implications of postmodern theory for history as curriculum; and is co-editor of Re-Theorizing discipline in education: Problems, politics and possibilities in which he contributed a chapter that explored the complex relationship between discipline, desire, and self-formation in the martial arts dojo.

Recent publications

  • Interrupting History: Rethinking History Curriculum after 'the End of History'

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  • Re-theorizing discipline in education: Problems, politics and possibilities

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Professional experience

Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Studies

The University of Newcastle

January 2009 - Present

Deputy Head of School, Teaching and Learning

The University of Newcastle

February 2008 - December 2011(4 years)

Acting Assistant Dean, Teaching & Learning

The University of Newcastle

July 2010 - December 2010(5 months)

Lecturer in Education

The University of Newcastle

January 2007 - December 2008(2 years)

Lecturer in Learning and Teaching

Charles Sturt University

January 2004 - December 2006(3 years)

Associate Lecturer in Learning and Teaching

Charles Sturt University

January 2003 - December 2003(a year)

Education

Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching

The University of Newcastle

January 2007 - December 2007(a year)

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

The University of Newcastle

January 2000 - June 2006(6 years)

Bachelor of Education (Honours)

The University of Sydney

January 1995 - December 1999(5 years)

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