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School of Education

Dr Neil Harrison

Dr Neil Harrison Title: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   BA, DipEd (Latrobe); GradDip Applied Linguistics (NTU); PhD (NTU)
Phone: 02 9850 8716
Email: neil.harrison@mq.edu.au
Office: C3A 907

 

Introduction Educ - Neil Harrison - Aboriginal Education

Neil Harrison has worked in Indigenous education since 1978 as a primary, secondary and tertiary teacher. He has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in Aboriginal education, with his book Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education (Oxford) being used widely in teacher education programs across Australia. His recent research centres upon developing Aboriginal community - university partnerships. He has an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant (2012-2013) with Dr Michelle Trudgett and A/Prof Susan Page (Indigenous Studies), which aims to enhance the quality of academic supervision provided to Indigenous Australian doctoral students.

Methodological expertise focuses on ethnography, interviewing techniques and the development of generative research methods. In 2011 he received the Dean's Service Award at Macquarie University for his significant contributions to the students, staff and connected community for Education. In 2003 he received the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Researcher Award.

Research Interests

Neil's research interests include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, policy and practice
  • Place-based knowledge and community-university partnerships
  • Educational philosophy, including the writings of Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault
  • Generative, narrative and ethnographic research methodologies
  • Creative and practical uses of technology including the interactive whiteboard in primary classrooms

Areas of Interest for potential doctoral students:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • Indigenous policy
  • Sociology of education
  • Innovative and creative pedagogies
  • Primary education

Community Outreach

Neil works with Darug and other Aboriginal people across Sydney to devise appropriate ways to include Aboriginal knowledges in the curriculum at Macquarie University. He is currently working with a renowned Darug artist to create an Aboriginal mural on the grounds of the University. He also works extensively with teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in school classrooms, and has given numerous presentations to schools and educational organisations.

He is a national judge on the Oxford National Education Innovation Award, editorial Board Member of International Journal on School Disaffection, and a Guest editor (with Terri Seddon, Monash) in 2013 on a special issue of the Australian Educational Researcher (AER). He was a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) joint working party to create a strategic plan for strengthening national research capacity in the field of Education (2012-2013). He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Selected Recent Publications

YEAR

LINK

CITATION

2013   Harrison, N. & Seddon, T. (2013). Living in a 2.2 world: From mapping to strategic capacity building for Australian educational research. Australian Educational Researcher, 40:403-413.
2013   Seddon, T., Bennett, D., Bobis, J., Bennett, S., Chan, P., Harrison, N., & Shore, S., (2013). Australian Education Research: A changing ecology of knowledge and practice. Australian Educational Researcher, 40: 433-451.
2013   Bobis, J., Shore, S., Bennett, D., Bennett, S., Chan, P., Harrison, N., Seddon, T. (2013).  Education Research in Australia: Where is it Conducted? Australian Educational Researcher. 40: 453-471.
2013   Bennett, D., Smith, E., Bobis, J., Bennett, S., Chan, P., Harrison, N., Seddon, T. & Shore, S., (2013). Who is conducting educational research in Australia and how can their work be supported? Australian Educational Researcher, 40:473-492.
2013   Harrison, N., Bennett, S., Bennett, D., Bobis, J., Chan, P., Seddon, T. & Shore, S. (2013). Changing boundaries - Shifting identities: Strategic interventions to enhance the future of educational research in Australia. Australian Educational Researcher, 40:493-507.
2013   Harrison, N. (2013). Country teaches: The significance of the local in the Australian history curriculum. Australian Journal of Education, 57: 214-224.
2013   Harrison, N., Page, S. & Finneran, M. (2013). Generative methodology: An inquiry into how a university can acknowledge a commitment to its Aboriginal community. Australian Educational Researcher, 40(3), 339-351.  

2013

 

Harrison, N. (2013). Teaching reading to Indigenous students. In J. Johnston (Ed.), Contemporary Literacy Issues for Teachers , Brisbane: AACLM Press, pp. 171-184.

2013

 

Harrison, N. (2013). Using the interactive whiteboard to scaffold a metalanguage: Teaching higher order thinking skills in pre-service teacher education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(1): 54-65.

2012

 

Seddon, T., Bennett, D., Bobis, J., Bennett, S., Harrison, N., Shore, S., & Smith, E. (2012). Living in a 2.2 World: ERA, Capacity Building and the Topography of Australian Educational Research, AARE-ACDE joint report.

2012

 

Harrison, N. & Murray, B. (2012). Reflective teaching practice in a Darug classroom: How teachers can build relationships with an Aboriginal community outside the school. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 41(2): 139-145.

2012

 

Harrison, N. (2012). Recolonising an ethics of life: Repositioning Indigeneity in Australian 'gap talk'. International Journal on School Disaffection, 9(2): 25-36.

2012

 

Harrison, N. (2012). Putting history in its place: Grounding the Australian History Curriculum in local community. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Sydney, 2-6 December.

2012

 

Harrison, N. (2012). Commentary: Future directions for classroom research in Australian Indigenous education. In B. Kaur (Ed.), Understanding Teaching and Learning: Classroom Research Revisited. Sense publishers, pp. 251-256.

2012

 

Harrison, N. (2012). Contemporary literacy issues for teachers in Indigenous education. In J. Johnston (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Australian Literacy Teaching. Brisbane: AACLM Press, pp. 171-184

2012

 

Harrison, N. (2012). Aborigines of the imaginary: Applying Lacan to Aboriginal education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 40: 5-14.

2011

 

Harrison, N. (2011). Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education (2nd Ed.), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

2011

 

Harrison, N. & Greenfield, M. (2011). Relationship to place: Positioning Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives in classroom pedagogies. Critical Studies in Education, 52 (1): 65-76.

2010

 

Harrison, N. (2010). Teaching Indigenous perspectives in the 21st century classroom: An exploration of quality pedagogy in Australian schools. In G. Vanessa & S. Cherrington (Eds.), Delving into Diversity: An International Exploration of Issues of Diversity in Education. New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 99-107.

2009

 

Harrison, N. (2009). Review of G. Cowlishaw (2009), The City's Outback. Sydney: University of New South Wales. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 38: 114-116.

2009

 

Harrison, N. (2009). Making a difference: Lessons in Aboriginal education. In I. Soliman (Ed.), Interrogating Common Sense: Teaching for Social Justice. Frenchs Forest (NSW): Pearson Education Australia, pp. 133-152.

2008

 

Harrison, N. (2008). Engaging identities in a regional university classroom, Higher Education, 56(2): 241-258.

2008

 

Harrison, N. (2008). The promise of a better future: Four approaches to including Aboriginal English in Australian classrooms. In P. P. Trifonas (Ed.), Worlds of Difference: Rethinking the Ethics of Global Education for the 21st Century. Boulder (CO): Paradigm Publishers, pp. 85-102.

2008

 

Harrison, N. (2008). Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Education. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

 

(Full publications list available at Google Scholar)

Grants

YEAR

SOURCE

TITLE

AMOUNT

2012

 

Innovation and Scholarship Program (ISP): Teaching on Darug Country

$20,000

2012

ARC Discovery Indigenous

Enhancing the quality of academic supervision provided to Indigenous Australian doctoral students (Dr Michelle Trudgett, A/Prof Susan Page, Dr Neil Harrison)

$109,000

2011

MQSIS

Promoting excellence and innovation in teaching through the provision of high quality, multi-touch interactive whiteboards.

$83,995

2010

MQ Competitive Grants Scheme

Developing the capabilities of pre-service teachers to teach Australian history

$9,755.30

2010

MQ Competitive Grants Scheme

Learning in Darug Country: Embedding Aboriginal place and history within the Macquarie University teacher-education program.  Partnership with Assoc Prof Susan Page, Warawara

$9,755.30

2010

MQRDG

Darug knowledge traditions: An analysis of how local Aboriginal knowledge is grounded in place and history.

$48,428

2009

MQNSG

Teaching Indigenous perspectives in the 21st century: Establishing principles of best practice

$18,300

2005

University of New England

Secret Transmissions: The relationship between learning and teaching at university

$13,500

2005

University of New England Research Grant

Secret Transmissions: The Relationship between Learning and Teaching at University

$13,500

2004

NSW Department of Education and Training

The river, mobility and Indigenous schooling: The implications of mobility for the provision of quality schooling for Indigenous Australian students

$105,000