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Dr Grant Kleeman

Dr Grant KleemanTitle: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:  BA (Hons.) DipEd (Ncle.); GradDipSocSc (UNE); PhD (Macq)
Phone: 02 9850 8676
Email: grant.kleeman@mq.edu.au
Office: C3A 910

 

Introduction

Dr Grant Kleeman is one of Australia's leading Geographical Educators. He is currently:

  • President [Chairperson] of the Australian Geography Teachers' Association Inc.
  • Vice President and Treasurer of the Geography Teachers' Association of NSW
  • Member, the Academy of Science's National Committee for the Geographical Sciences
  • a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK)
  • a Fellow of the Geography Teachers' Association of NSW
  • Editor of the Geography Bulletin (the journal of the Geography Teachers' Association of NSW)

In 2007, the Geographical Society of NSW and GTA NSW awarded Grant the McDonald Holmes Medal for his 'Distinguished contribution to Geographical Education in Australia'.

Grant Kleeman recently retired as Director, Teacher Education, at Sydney's Macquarie University. During his tenure (2009-2014) Grant led a major review and restructuring of the Teacher Education Program - changes that consolidated the School of Education's reputation as one of Australia's leading and most innovative teacher education providers.

Professional Background

After graduating with a BA (Hons), majoring in Geography, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Newcastle, Grant held a number of teaching positions in regional NSW. In 1994 he was appointed a Senior Education Officer with the NSW Department of Education. During his time in the State's North West, Grant completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences (Politics) at the University of New England.

In 1996 Grant accepted an appointment to Macquarie University's School of Education. He initially taught the University's Geography methodology units before accepting responsibility for the foundation secondary education units. Grant held the positions of Undergraduate Coordinator and Secondary Coordinator before his appointment as Director of Macquarie's Teacher Education Programs.

Grant's PhD examined the role of interest groups in shaping what and how students learn using the controversy surrounding the mandating of curriculum perspectives in the 1992 NSW Stage 4/5 Geography Syllabus as a case study. He now researches the role of interest groups more generally. Of particular interest is the way such groups seek to influence what and how students learn and the content of the artefacts of the curriculum development process including syllabuses, textbooks and supplementary resource materials.

Grant's involvement in curriculum development in NSW dates from 1990, when he was first appointed to the New South Wales Geography Syllabus Committee (1990-94). He subsequently served as a member of the NSW Syllabus Advisory Committee (1995-98) and the Board of Studies Curriculum Committee (Geography, Years 7-12). Grant was the Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee from 2000 to 2003. During this time he played a leading role in the development of a range of Geography syllabus documents. He was also closely involved in the development of GeogSpace, an Educational Services Australia-funded project to provide online support for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

Grant has published in excess of forty highly regarded Geography textbooks. Publishing awards include The Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing (1995). These texts, and the pedagogy that underpins them, have had a significant impact on the teaching of Geography in Australian secondary schools. They promote Geography's inquiry-based methodology, critical thinking skills, and the development of geographical skills in context. 

Grant has also published a number of academic articles in refereed journals. His most recent articles include: Kleeman, G. (2012). Towards a more inclusive curriculum: The perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Geography curriculum document, Geographical Education, 25, pp. 24-28; Kleeman, G. (2011). Evolution rather than extinction: The future of the Geography textbook. Geographical Education, Vol. 24, pp. 8-14; and Kleeman, G. (2009) Through the eyes of others: The role of curriculum perspectives in Australian school Geography. Geographical Education. Vol. 22, pp. 18-27.

Research Interests

Research interests include the process of curriculum construction with specific reference the ways in which interest groups seek to influence what and how students learn. This involves an examination of the relationship between cultural conflict and the struggle to influence what is included and excluded from curriculum-related artefacts (syllabus documents and textbooks).

Research interests related to Geographical Education include: the pedagogy of mapping-based learning; textbook design; the use of cartoons in the Geography classroom; and global tourism.

Community Outreach

Grant has been active in the promotion of Geographical Education and the development of the Australian Geography Curriculum. He played a leading roll in the development of the Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: Geography. Grant has served as a member of the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Geography from 2008 to 2012 and 2013 to present.

  • President, Geography Teachers' Association of New South Wales
  • President [Chairperson] Australian Geography Teachers' Association Inc.
  • Member, Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Geography
  • Editor, Geography Bulletin

Recent Publications

YEAR

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CITATION

2014   DeNobile, J., Kleeman, G. & Zarkos, A. (2014). Investigating the impacts of global education on values and attitudes of secondary students. Geographical Education (Vol. 23).
2014   Kleeman, G., Hamper, D., Peters, A., & Rhodes, H. (2014). Pearson 10 Geography. Melbourne: Pearson Education Australia.
2014   Kleeman, G., Hamper, D., Lane, R. & Rhodes, H (2014). Pearson 9 Geography. Melbourne: Pearson Education Australia
2013   Kleeman, G. (2013). Skills in Geography: Australian Curriculum. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
2013   Kleeman, G., Adnum, J., Hamper, D., Lane, R., & Zarkos, A., (2013). Commerce.dot.com: Concepts and Skills (3rd Edit.). South Melbourne: Nelson, Cengage Learning.
2013   Kleeman, G., Hamper, D. & Rhodes, H. (2013). Pearson 7 Geography. Melbourne: Pearson Education Australia.
2013   Kleeman, G. (ed.), Hamper, D., Peters, A. & Rhodes, H.  (2013). Pearson 8 Geography. Melbourne: Pearson Education Australia.

2012

 

Kleeman, G. (2012). Towards a more inclusive curriculum: The perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Geography curriculum document, Geographical Education,25: 24-28.

2011

 

Kleeman, G. (2011). Evolution rather than extinction: The future of the Geography textbook. Geographical Education, 24: 8-14.

2010

 

Kleeman, G. (2010). The Impacts of the GFC (and other 'one-off' events) on Global Tourism.Geography Bulletin, 42(1): 8-12.

2009

 

Kleeman, G. (2009). Through the eyes of others: The role of curriculum perspectives in Australian school Geography. Geographical Education. 22: 18-27.

2009

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Lane, R. Pask, R., Butler, J. (2009). Global Explorations (2nd ed.). Port Melbourne: Person Education Australia.

2009

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Lane, R. Hamper, D., Rhodes, H. (2009). Australian Explorations (2nd ed.). Port Melbourne: Person Education Australia.

2008

 

Kleeman. G (Ed.) (2008). Keys to Fieldwork: Essential Tools and Skills. South Yarra: Macmillan Education Australia.

2008

 

Kleeman, G. (2008). Going for gold. Geography Bulletin. 40(3): 3-15.

2008

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Hamper, D., Lane, R., & Rugendyke, B (2008). Global Interaction 1 (2nd ed.). Port Melbourne: Pearson Education Australia.

2008

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed), Adnam, J., Farr, R., Hamper, D., Lane, R., O'Connor, T. (2008). Economics Civics and Citizenship. Brisbane: Farr Books.

2008

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Adnam, J., Rarr, R., Hamper, D., Hartley, S., Lane, R., O'Connor, T. (2008). Commerce.dot.com: Concepts and Skills. Brisbane: Farr Books.

2007

 

Hamper, D. & Kleeman, G. (2007). Teachers' perceptions: Why NSW students are not electing to study Geography in Years 11 & 12. Geography Bulletin. 39(3): 5-15.

2007

 

Lane, R., Kleeman, G., O'Sullivan, K-A. (2007) Mega Cities: Infrastructure deficits and the implications for public health. Asian Social Science,11(3)

2007

 

Kleeman, G. (2007).Skills in Global Geography. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2007

 

Kleeman, G. and Peters, A. (2007).Skills in Australian Geography (2nd Ed.). Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2007

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), (2007).Global Interactions 2 (2nd Ed.). Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

2006

 

Kleeman, G. (2006). The Australian wine industry: From boom to gloom? Geography Bulletin, 38(4): 32-37.

2006

 

Kleeman, G. (2006). Using cartoons to investigate social and environmental issues. Ethos,.14(3): 9-19.

2006

 

Kleeman, G. (2006) Not just for fun: Using cartoons to investigate geographical issues. New Zealand Geographer, 62(2): 144-152

2005

 

Kleeman, G. (2005). Using cartoons to investigate geographical issues. Geography Bulletin, 37(2): 3-15.

2005

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.) (2005). Economics, Civics and Citizenship. Brisbane: Farr Books.

2005

 

Kleeman, G. (2005).Topographic Mapping Skills for Secondary Students (2nd Ed.), Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2004

 

Kleeman, G., Lane, R., Adnum, J., Farr, R., Hamper, D., Hartley, S., O'Connor, T. (2004) Commerce.com - Concepts and Skills. Farr Books: Wilson QLD.

2004

 

Kleeman, G., Lane, R., Hamper, D., Rhodes, H., Elliot, P. (2004). Australian Explorations: Geography Stage 5. Heinemann: Melbourne.

2004

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.). Commerce.com CD. Brisbane: Farr Books.

2004

 

Kleeman, G., Rhodes, H., Elliott, P. (2004) Global Explorations CD. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

2004

 

Kleeman, G., Rhodes, H., Elliott, P. (2004). Australian Explorations CD. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

2004

 

Kleeman, G., Lane, R., Pask, R., Butler, J., Rhodes, H., Elliot, P. (2004) Global Explorations: Stage 4 Geography. Heinemann: Melbourne.

2004

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.) (2004). Commerce.com. Brisbane: Farr Books

2004

 

Kleeman, G., Hamper, D., & Lane, R. (2004). Australian Explorations. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

2002

 

Kleeman, G. (2002). It's Disney's World. Geography Bulletin, 34(1), Summer

2002

 

Kleeman, G. (2002). Growth in international tourism stalls in the months following September 11. Geography Bulletin, 34(3).Winter.

2001

 

Kleeman, G. (2001). Contemporary Issues in Stages 4-5 Geography. Proceedings of the NSW Geography Teachers Association Annual Conference.

2001

 

Kleeman, G. (2001). Impacts of tourism. Geography Bulletin, 33(3): 66-9.

2001

 

Kleeman, G. (2001). Global tourism: Millennium boom. Geography Bulletin, 33(3): 158-164.

2001

 

Kleeman, G. (2001). Skills in Australian Geography. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2000

 

Kleeman, G. (2000). Through other people's eyes: Curriculum perspectives in Geography. Proceedings of Geography 2000 - Biennial Conference of the Australian Geography Teachers Association, Sydney. January.

2000

 

Heinemann, Heinemann Atlas (3rd Ed.) (2000). Port Melbourne: Heinemann

2000

 

Kleeman, G. (2000).The impact of the 'new economy' on the morphology of Sydney. Proceedings of the NSW Geography Teachers Association Annual Conference. August.

2000

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Epps, R., Hamper, D., Lloyd, C., Rugendyke, B., & Sherval, M. (2000). A Geography of Global Interactions 1. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

2000

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Forrest, J., Hamper, D., Reid, S., & Rhodes, H. (2000).
A Geography of Global Interactions 2. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1999

 

Kleeman, G., Lane, R., Butler, J. (1999). A Geography of Australian Environments and Communities. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1999

 

Kleeman G. (1999). A Geography Of Australian Environments and Communities: Secondary Text. Melbourne: Heinemann, pp.1-288

1998

 

Kleeman, G., Lane, R., & Butler, J. (Eds.)(1998). A Geography of Global Environments and Communities. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1998

 

Kleeman, G. (1998). Topographic Mapping Skills for Secondary Students (Blackline Masters).Sydney: Hodder.

1997

 

Kleeman, G. (1997). Enhancing student performance: Writing effective stimulus-based responses. Geography Bulletin.

1997

 

Kleeman, G. (1997). Topographic Mapping: Skills for Secondary Students. Sydney: Hodder Education.

1997

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Epps, R., Lloyd, C., & Rugendyke, B. (1997). Global Interactions 3. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1996

 

Kleeman, G. (1996). Civics and Citizenship Education sparks a curriculum debate. Should geographers participate? Geography Bulletin, 28(1): 11-2.

1996

 

Kleeman, G., Pask, R., Wiber, M., & Williams, H. (1996). Heinemann Atlas Skills Book. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1996

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Harris, B., Redmayne, C., & Rhodes, H. (1996). Global Interactions 1. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1996

 

Kleeman, G. (Ed.), Epps, R., Forrest, J., Murray, J., & Rhodes, H. (1996). Global Interactions 2. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1994

 

Butler, J., & Kleeman, G. (1994). Beyond Australia: A New Geography. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

1993

 

NSW Board of Studies, Australian Geography Years 7-10 Teaching Kit, North Sydney. (1993):
Investigating Tamworth (author/illustrator)
Investigating Murray-Riverina (illustrator)
Investigating Balmain (illustrator)
Investigating the Gold Coast (illustrator)

1993

 

Fogarty, M. & Kleeman, G., et al. (1993). Australian Environments and Communities. Sydney: McGraw-Hill.

1992

 

Butler, J., & Kleeman, G. (1992). Australia: A Core Geography. Port Melbourne: Heinemann.

 

 

Current Research

Grant is currently researching the extent to which a focus on Global Education in secondary schools impacts on student understanding, skills, values and attitudes regarding global inequality. The research is jointly funded by AusAid and WorldVision.

Grants

AusAid and WorldVision research grant