The Grad Dip Strike Team (GDST) is made up of

Charlotte Liu

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Teacher Education
Faculty of Education

t: 02 6201 2858
e: charlotte.liu@canberra.edu.au
o: 5B67
A former secondary teacher, school counsellor, and Head Teacher, Charlotte currently lectures in the areas of educational psychology, mathematics, and educational research methods in the Faculty of Education. In her diverse areas of research and practice, Charlotte is deeply fascinated by the power of language in linking up individuals' academic pursuits and personality development. Some of her reflections were published in her 2011 book 'Vygotsky's Psycho-Semiotics: Theories, Instrument and Interpretive Analyses'. Charlotte holds a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in education from the University of Adelaide.
In her other life, Charlotte is a mother of a one-year-old, who is a keen explorer of his social and physical environment with emphatic assertions of his independence and proud ownership of his discoveries.

Megan Poore

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Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
Faculty of Education

t: 040 191 3638
e: meg@meganpoore.com
o: 5B66

Meg's background as a social anthropologist allows her to act as a ‘cultural translator’ in the social contexts of new educational technologies. She draws on her extensive anthropological fieldwork training and expertise, cultural insights, and ethnographic sensibilities to explore how web tools are being used by online communities and how those tools can be most effectively used in educational contexts. Meg has also worked as an academic skills adviser and an educational designer, giving her a unique understanding of the issues that confront students and staff in the integration of digital technologies into their every day study and work practices. Meg has won several awards -- both nationally and -- for her SkillSoup podcasting project and was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, in 2008. This bio has been all about Meg.

Meg holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Australian National University.

Visit Meg's website for more info.

Steve Shann

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Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
Faculty of Education

t: 02 6201 5697
e: steve.shann@canberra.edu.au
o: 5B76


Steve is a former teacher (mainly secondary English), psychotherapist and writer. Published books include 'School Portrait' (the story of four students at a Canberra alternative school in the 80s) and Their Other Lives (case studies of about a dozen ACT college students talking about the often-hidden lives they led and that teachers didn't know about). In his last teaching post he was Director of Teaching and Learning. This is his third year teaching in the Education Faculty. He's been teaching since 1970 and isn't sick of it yet!

Phil Roberts

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Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
Faculty of Education

t: 02 6201 2400
e: philip.roberts@canberra.edu.au
o: 5C10

Before joining the University of Canberra in July 2009 Philip taught in NSW Public schools for 13 years in rural and remote central schools and a few in a regional high school. He was a Head Teacher of HSIE for 9 of these years. In addition to his teaching roles Philip has worked as an organiser for the NSW Teachers Federation, was a representative on the NSW Board of Studies HSIE Curriculum Committee and a board member of the NSW Institute of Teachers. He is nationally recognised for his work in equity, rural education and history education. Philip has completed major national research projects in the staffing of rural and remote schools and managed large scale school based research projects. His major ongoing research interest is how teachers situate their pedagogy practice and how spatial theories are incorporated into educational thinking. Philip has an ongoing concern about quality and equity in education and works to disrupt the meta-narratives that have dominated, and hijacked, these import fields through the application of critical theory. His research demonstrates how pedagogy models, teaching standards and centralised curriculum magnify disadvantage and deny situated knowledges when examined from a 'place based' critical perspective. Philip is finishing his PhD 'Place, Rural Education and Social Justice: A study of rural teaching and professional identity' under the supervision of Professor Bill Green and Professor Jo-Anne Reid at Charles Sturt University. He spends his spare time working a productive garden and devising ways to stop snail infestations without the loss of life: ‘If we are so evolved why do they constantly outsmart me?
........some stuff...

Raegina Taylor

Tutor
Teacher Education
Faculty of Education
t: 02 6201 2244
e: raegina.taylor@canberra.edu.au
o: 5B63

Grahame Ginn
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Tutor
Teacher Education
Faculty of Education
t: 02 6201 2244
e: grahame.ginn@canberra.edu.au
o: 5B63

Grahame was trained as a research chemist and subsequently became a science teacher in NSW during the late ‘60’s. Gradually progressed through the ranks to Department Head, Director of Studies, Principal and President of a System of Schools in Queensland. Grahame had the challenge and delight in the building and establishment of a new school in Hervey Bay, Queensland. Over his career he has been responsible for the selection, appointment and development of well over 1000 teachers in both secondary and primary education. He also represented secondary teachers on the Queensland Curriculum Studies Board. In 2005, Grahame was fortunate to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for Services to Education in Queensland.