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School of Education

Dr David Saltmarsh

Dr David SaltmarshTitle: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: BA Hons (Monash); PhD (Deakin); Cert IV Workplace assessment and training; PG Cert (Higher Ed., L&T) (Macq)
Email: david.saltmarsh@mq.edu.au
Phone: 02 9850 8798
Office: C3A 928

Introduction

Prior to David's appointment at Macquarie in 1995 he had completed a BA (Honours) in Social Anthropology at Monash University, had worked for five years teaching in an Activity Therapy Centre and a Special Developmental School and thirteen years in public sector employment services. David's Honours thesis concerned the extent to which Southern Italians migrating to Australia maintained their Italian culture. His public sector work involved assisting socially disadvantaged people find work, program delivery and policy analysis. These experiences influenced his academic development and led to the following publications:

  • Saltmarsh, D. (1994) Democracy, Citizen Rights and Labour Market Programs, in Labour, unemployment and democratic rights: proceedings of a conference, Labour and Industry and Deakin University, pp.95-108
  • Saltmarsh, D. (1998) Disability and Young Workers: Vulnerability and the 'Flexible' Crisis, in J. Bessant and S. Cook (Eds.) Against the odds: young people and work, Australian Council for Youth Studies, Hobart.

Working in the public sector also informed David's teaching quite significantly. The main unit that he taught, EDUC264, concerned the policy context of education. This also led to publication and the development of innovative teaching materials.

  • Saltmarsh, D. (1996) Putting education back on the agenda, Education Links, 52, pp. 14-17.
  • Saltmarsh, D. (1997) talking about education policy [videorecording] Macquarie University, Sydney
  • Saltmarsh, D. (1999) Policy Contexts [CD-ROM] Bricolage Academic & Research Consultancies, Geelong

David completed his PhD in the Faculty of Education, Deakin University in 1998, with a research thesis examining an employment-training program (the Job Club) for adults wanting to return to work. Education, disadvantage and employment have been consistent themes in his academic and professional life. In mid-2000 David resigned his position at Macquarie, worked briefly in Victoria as a Youth and Training Officer, and gained a Certificate in Workplace Assessment and Training. Back in Sydney in 2001 he worked at the University of Sydney managing an ARC research project into the effects of introducing a renovated HSC in NSW schools. This research focused on students studying the vocational subjects that could count towards a university entrance score.

In 2003 David was appointed to convene EDUC106, a foundation level subject in the history and sociology of education. In addition to EDUC106, he continues to teach on EDUC264 Education: The policy context (which he convened in 2013), and convenes the postgraduate unit EDCN817 (formerly ACES817 & EPG870) Sociology and Education. This unit considers issues of policy, educational disadvantage, and markets in education.

In 2005 another postgraduate unit that David devised and convenes was first offered: EDCN818 Education and Culture (formally ACES818/EPG867). This unit addresses some of his research interests including representations of education in the news, depictions of education in film, TV and music, and the material artefacts of education, especially school buildings. These interests are reflected in his undergraduate teaching and are revitalising study for many students.

In 2009 David convened a new unit, EDUC107 that combined aspects of EDUC106 and EDUC105 Education: The Psychological Context. This new unit emphasises designing learning environments rather than teaching. In 2010 and 2011 David convened another new unit, EDUC399 the Education capstone unit.

Research Interests

The themes around which my research coheres are:

  • social justice, employment and education
  • education policy and teaching
  • culture, history and education

David's research activities strongly inform his teaching and his teaching informs his research. Currently he is investigating the idea of 'community' and education and particularly how this has an impact on low socio-economic schools.

Community Outreach

When the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) reviewed nurse education, David was invited to conduct research into the expectations of students undertaking courses in nurse education. To do this research a team comprising David, Sue North and Tony Koop arranged and facilitated focus group meetings with students from six universities in three states, including a mixture of metropolitan and regional campuses. The results of this activity have been published in the 2002 Commonwealth Review of Nurse Education.

In 2003 David was engaged to conduct research projects at two separate schools involved in the Department of Education and Training (DET) Priority Action Schools initiative. The schools were The Entrance Public School, on the NSW Central Coast, and Bidwill Public School, in the Mt Druitt District. The aim of the projects was to contribute to the schools' understanding of the effectiveness of their teaching activities and the learning outcomes achieved. In particular the research involved gathering information from teachers about the social context of the school community, and what they understood the school's philosophy, goals and directions to be.

In 2004 a group of Macquarie University academics from the School of Education (Colin Symes, Anne McMaugh and David) and the Institute of Early Childhood (Jennifer Sumsion) successfully proposed to become Editors of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. During this period of editing the journal it achieved and maintained an A* ranking under the ARC Excellence in Research for Australia, and gained an impact factor of 0.652 under ISI. David's six-year period of editing this journal ended in July 2010.

The Australian Association of Researchers in Education (AARE) is the premier educational research organisation in Australia and has a number of Special Interest Groups (SIG). In 2012 I became a Co-Convenor of the Politics and Policy SIG.

Recent Publications

YEAR

LINK

CITATION

2010

 

Saltmarsh, D. (2010). Constructive collaboration: Using learner biographies in pre-service teacher education, [Roundtable presentation] Australian Teacher Education Association 2010 Conference Proceedings, Townsville, QLD, 4-7 July

2010

 

Saltmarsh, D. (2010). Ptolemy, Copernicus and teacher education, 2010 Sydney Symposium, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, 26-29 July

2010

 

Saltmarsh, D. & McMaugh, A. (2010). Moving forward & giving back: Making the change to teaching, Australian Teacher Education Association 2010 Conference Proceedings, Townsville, QLD, 4-7 July

2010

 

Santoro, N., Reid, J., Saltmarsh, D., & McMaugh, A. (2009). Editorial. Teacher education and the Bradley Review, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(2): 137-140.

2010

 

Saltmarsh, D., McMaugh, A., Santoro, N., & Reid, J. (2009) Editorial. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(3): 229-230

2010

 

McMaugh, A., Saltmarsh, D., Reid, J., & Santoro, N. (2009). Editorial. Editing a journal in the era of ERA, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(4): 347-350.

2010

 

Reid, J., Santoro, N., McMaugh, A., & Saltmarsh, D. (2010). Editorial. Building and sustaining a research culture in teacher education, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38(1): 1-3.

2010

 

Saltmarsh, D., McMaugh, A., Reid, J., & Santoro, N. (2010). Editorial. Schools, teachers and public debates about education, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38(2): 83-85.

2009

 

McMaugh, A., Saltmarsh, D., White, S., Reid, J., Santoro, N., & Bahr, N. (2009). Editorial. Reflecting on the work of preparing teachers, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(1): 1-4.

2008

 

McMaugh, A. & Saltmarsh, D (2008). Understanding teachers of the future: A longitudinal investigation of the background, experience, and career progression of teacher education students at Macquarie University, Australian Teacher Education Association 2008 Conference Proceedings, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 4-8 July

2008

 

Sumsion, J., McMaugh, A., & Saltmarsh, D. (2008). Editorial. Ranking teacher education journals, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 36(1): 1-3.

2008

 

Saltmarsh, D., Sumsion, J., & McMaugh, A (2008). Editorial. Theorising teacher education, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 36(2): 73-77.

2008

 

McMaugh, A., Saltmarsh, D., & Sumsion, J. (2008). Editorial. Researching teacher education: looking forwards in changing times, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 36(4): 257-259.

2008

 

Cowen, L., Saltmarsh, D. & Hayek, R. (2008). Hypnotherapy: An Adjunct to Complementary Therapies, Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, 14(2): 87-9.

2008

 

Saltmarsh, D. & Saltmarsh, S. (2008) 'Has anyone read the reading?' Using Assessment to Promote Academic Literacies and Learning Cultures Teaching in Higher Education, 13:6, pp. 621-632

2007

 

McMaugh, A., Symes, C., Sumsion, J., Ardzejewska, K., & Saltmarsh, D. (2007). Editorial. Diverse Contexts but Common Issues: Shared dialogues in teacher education research, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(2): 107-109.

2007

 

McMaugh, A., Saltmarsh, D., Sumsion, J., Ardzejewska, K., & Symes, C. (2007). Editorial. Researching Teacher Education in New Times, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(4): 329-331.

2007

 

Saltmarsh, D., McMaugh A., Symes, C. & Sumsion, J. (2007) Editorial, Diverse contexts but common issues: Shared dialogues in teacher education research, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(2): 107-110.

2007

 

Saltmarsh, D., McMaugh A., Symes, C. & Sumsion, J. (2007) Editorial, Two years in, two years out: Imagining the future of APJTE, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(1): 1-4.

 

Grants

YEAR

SOURCE

TITLE

AMOUNT

2007

Teachers of the future

Understanding teachers of the future: A longitudinal investigation of the background, experience, and career progression of teacher education students at Macquarie University

$10,000

2005

Macquarie University New Staff Grant

Facades of education: investigating the cultural significance of school buildings

$17,657

2004

ACES Research Seeding Grant

Understands of ICT use in a disadvantaged school community

$3,300

2001

HEIP, Department of Education, Science & Training and Department of Health & Aging

Student expectations of nursing education

$35,000