HERMES Research Group

The HERMES Research Group is made up of established, early career, and beginning researchers. Together they bring a range of interests and expertise to the study of historical experience, historical consciousness, historical culture, history education, public history, curriculum history, and the history of education.

NETWORK CONVENOR – NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

RobertDr Robert J. Parkes
Associate Professor
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

P: +612 498 54080
F: +612 492 17887
E: Robert.Parkes@newcastle.edu.au
U: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/robert-parkes
W: http://robertjohnparkes.com

Dr Robert Parkes is Associate Professor in Curriculum Studies, and Convenor of the HERMES History Education Research Group, at The University of Newcastle; Founding Editor of Historical Encounters: A Journal of Historical Consciousness, Historical Cultures, and History Education; Editor-in-Chief of Sungråpho [peer-reviewed section of HTAV ERA-listed journal Agora]; a Core Author for Public History Weekly; Founding Co-Convenor of the History and Education Special Interest Group within the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE); and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Society for History Didactics (ISHD). In 2013 he was Visiting Research Fellow with the Educational History and History Didactics group in the Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. His research interests include: historical representation, history teaching, and history teacher education; historical discourse, historical culture, and self-formation; and curriculum history, theory and politics.

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PRINCIPAL RESEARCHERS – NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

DebraDr Debra Donnelly
Senior Lecturer
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

P: +612 492 16231
F: +612 492 17887
E: Debra.Donnelly@newcastle.edu.au
U: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/debra-donnelly/

Dr Debra Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Newcastle; developer of the HERMES Collegiate initiative (to be launched in 2014); and an Associate Editor of Historical Encounters. Debra’s research interests centre on the role of visual media in the development of historical consciousness in an age of ever-increasing exposure to the visual through new technologies. Her work seeks to explore and clarify the relationship between teacher conceptual frameworks of historical understanding, problematic knowledge and historical representation, and collective memory and pedagogical practice. Debra has also undertaken research into global education and citizenship; and the role of image making in the exploration, communication and the disruption of knowledge.

Visit Debra’s university profile page to find her latest publications.

HeatherDr Heather Sharp
Lecturer
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

P: +612 492 18700
F: +612 492 17887
E: Heather.Sharp@newcastle.edu.au
U: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/heather-sharp/

Dr Heather Sharp is a Lecturer at The University of Newcastle; convenor of the History Network for Teachers and Researchers (HNTR); and an Associate Editor of Historical Encounters. Heather’s research has included analysis of the representations of Indigenous Australians and British heritages in History textbooks across selected time periods of the Twentieth Century; and more recently, the exploration of competing representations of Gallipoli in Australian and Turkish history textbooks. Heather’s scholarship has adopted a bricolage approach that encompasses Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), historical methodologies, and visual analysis techniques, framed within a Gramscian and Althusserian understanding of hegemony.

Visit Heather’s university profile page to find her latest publications.

 

Rachel.Burke@newcastle.edu.auDr Rachel Burke
Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: rachel.Burke@newcastle.edu.au
W: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/rachel-burke

Dr Rachel Burke: is a lecturer in TESOL and Languages education at the University of Newcastle. He work examines cultural and linguistic issues associated with international student enrolment at Australian tertiary institutions, exploring the metaphoric uses of the ‘family home’ image in the Australian print media’s discussion of immigration, and currently, an analysis of media representations of plagiarism within the Australian international student program. Much of this work is explored from both linguistic and historical perspectives.

Visit Rachel’s university profile page to find her latest publications

RESEARCH HIGHER DEGREE STUDENTS – NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

Melanie Innes 
Doctoral Candidate
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: melanie.innes@uon.edu.au
U: https://newcastle-au.academia.edu/MelanieInnes

Project Focus: Curriculum Inquiry: Literacies in History education; Curriculum History; Societal Curriculum; Historical Literacy.
Supervisors: Dr Robert Parkes (Principal) & Dr Heather Sharp

VickiMrs Vicki Parkes
Associate Lecturer in Education & Doctoral Candidate
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: Vicki.Parkes@newcastle.edu.au
W: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/vicki-parkes

 

Project Focus: Curriculum History, Scientific Literacy, History and Philosophy of Science Education.
Supervisors: Professor Jim Albright (Principal) & Assoc. Professor David Palmer

Clint
Mr Clint Sheehan
Associate Lecturer in History & HSIE Curriculum
Faculty of Education
Australian Catholic University

E: Clint.Sheehan@acu.edu.au
W: http://apps.acu.edu.au/staffdirectory/index.php?clint-sheehan

Project Focus: Information Technology, Professional Learning & History Teaching
Supervisors: Dr Robert Parkes (Principal) & Dr Catherine Hart

Barry
Mr Barry Smith
History Teacher & Doctoral Candidate
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: Barry.Smith@uon.edu.au

 

Project Focus: The Transformation of Teachers’ Historical Consciousness and Extension History
Supervisors: Dr Robert Parkes (Principal) & Dr Debra Donnelly

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Ms Casey Taylor
Doctoral Candidate
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: Casey.Taylor@uon.edu.au

 

Project Focus: Archaeological Sites in History Teaching
Supervisors: Dr Robert Parkes (Principal) & Dr Debra Donnelly

AFFILIATE MEMBERS – SESSIONAL & CONJOINT STAFF, NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

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Ms Judy Adnum
Sessional Academic & Doctoral Candidate
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: Judith.Adnum@newcastle.edu.au
W: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/judith-adnum

 

Judy Adnum is a sessional academic in the School of Education, specialising in the areas of HSIE methodology. Judy taught History to students in high schools throughout rural and regional NSW, and subsequently became a consultant with the Department of Education, talking to teachers around the state about teaching Civics and History. She has written a number of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guides for Modern History, History resource kits for the National Archives and federal Government, chapters of Commerce textbooks and journal articles for the Teaching History Journal and has worked with many educational publishers editing resources to be used in schools. Judy won a NSW Premier’s Award to study Civics Education in the United States and won the NSW Teacher Professional Development Award for her course ‘Teaching History with a Non-History Teaching Background’. She currently runs the NSW history Teachers’ Association’s professional development program and serves on the advisory board for the implementation of the new History curriculum and impending Civics syllabus. Judy has also served on various History syllabus committees and examination committees, and taught HSIE methodology at Macquarie University for many years before joining the HERMES team at the University of Newcastle.

 

Emma
Dr Emma Shaw
Sessional Academic 
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia

E: Emma.Shaw@newcastle.edu.au
W: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/emma-shaw

Dr Emma Shaw is a Lecturer in the School of Education, and teaches into both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She is a member of the HERMES History Education Research Network and an Assistant Editor of Historical Encounters: A Journal of Historical Consciousness, Historical Cultures, and History Education. Emma completed her Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) degree at the University of Newcastle where she graduated with Class I Honours, the University Medal (2012), the Education and Arts Faculty Medal (2012), the HG Duncan Prize (2012), the University of Newcastle Certificate for Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts – Social Sciences (2011), and the Sir Edward Parry Memorial Prize (2009). Emma completed her doctoral studies in 2018.

Emma’s work explores how history manifests, is understood, and is produced by adults in public pedagogic spaces through the lens of a philosophical hermeneutic methodological framework. Examining metahistorical and disciplinary understandings of history more broadly, Emma’s research focuses on learner acquisitions of historical research methodologies and practices, and considers the access to, and re-framing of, historical narratives through the increasing democratisation of historical records and the personalisation of the past. Her current research projects explore the impacts of DNA testing on personal, national, and global identities; and examines how familial trauma narratives are displayed and treated in public spaces in an age of mass migration and displacement.

Vist Emma’s university profile page for her latest publications

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