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School of Education

Dr Neil Harrison

NeilH photoTitle: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   BA, DipEd (Latrobe); GradDip Applied Linguistics (NTU); PhD (NTU)
Phone: 02 9850 8716
Email: neil.harrison@mq.edu.au
Office: C3A 925

Introduction Dr Neil Harrison Book Cover

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 the field. 

His latest book (together with Juanita Sellwood, 2016), Learning and Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (Oxford) is used in 14 teacher education programs across Australia. In 2015, he received the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Methodological expertise focuses on negotiated approaches to research, including those methodologies which are generated collaboratively in the field.

His research focuses on Learning from Country.  In recent years, he has analysed ways in which Indigenous knowledge of Country can be used to increase Indigenous student engagement in urban locations such as Sydney. He has documented specific approaches to learning in the Sydney region that connect Indigenous children to Country, provide them with a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing, and produce increased student engagement at school, including significantly reduced suspensions (for example, Harrison & Greenfield, 2011).

See a video of Neil's philosophy on Learning from Country:  http://youtu.be/5iSfaFcJAOY

 

The innovative and creative aspects of his research have highlighted the need for schools and teachers to cater for learning methods which are sometimes overlooked in classrooms, including ways in which learners come to know and understand through sound, sensation, listening, art, emotion or silence, as well as through the standard and accepted methods of cognitive function such as speaking and explanation. The impact of his work in this field can be evaluated through recent publications and his blog for teachers: http://learndarug.com

 learndarug     

 

Areas of Interest for potential doctoral students:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, including the role of Aboriginal Education Workers and school-community partnerships
  • Methods of learning that focus on sound, sensation, listening, art, emotion or silence
  • Learning from Country
  • Educational philosophy
  • 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.

Neil Harrison has developed curricula in Indigenous education for a number of universities, and receives numerous invitations to speak to teachers on incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures at public forums. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

 

Selected Recent Publications

YEAR

LINK

CITATION

2016   Harrison, N. and Sellwood, J. (2016). Learning and Teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education (3e). Melbourne: Oxford University Press
2016   Trudgett, M., Page, S. & Harrison, N. (2016). Brilliant minds: A snapshot of successful Indigenous Australian doctoral students. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45.
2016   Wade-Leeuwen, B.,Harrison, N., Fleet, A. & Rice, A. (2016). Moku-chi: The role of intercultural studio-based workshops for primary pre-service art teachers. The International Journal of Arts Education, 11(1): pp. 13-27.
2015   Page, S., Trudgett, M., & Harrison, N. (2015). A Sociocultural Approach to Supporting Indigenous Australian Doctoral Student Success. In A. Macfarlane, S. Macfarlane & M. Webber (Eds.). Sociocultural realities: Exploring new horizons (pp. 155-168). Canterbury, NZ: Canterbury University Press. 978
2015   Harrison, N., Page, S. & Tobin, L. (2015). Art has a place: country becomes a teacher in the city. Education Philosophy and Theory. Issue 2. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00131857.2015.1111128
2015   Harrison, N., Trudgett, M., & Page, S. (2015). The dissertation examination: identifying critical factors in the success of Indigenous Australian doctoral students. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, pp. 1-13. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ncHbEYWykXABHU5mAbgv/full
2014   Harrison, N. (2014). Learning and Teaching on Darug country. Retrieved 28 February, 2015 from: http://learndarug.com/
2014   Wade-Leeuwen, B. & Harrison, N. (2014). Out of the shadows: Interacting and responding to the creative experience in pre-service teacher education. Refereed paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Brisbane, 1-4 December.
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