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Gregory Burnett
Gregory Burnett
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Department:
School of Education
Position Title:
Senior Lecturer
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Personal Info

Qualifications:

PhD [UNE], BEd [Hons] [UNE], Dip Teach [GCAE]

Designation: Senior Lecturer

Room: H420

Courses taught/teaching

  • ED359 - Educational Research
  • ED300 - Practicum

Teaching/Work experience

  • 2014-2016 Republic of Nauru In-country Lecturer in Pacific Education for University of New England Associate Degree in Teaching/Bachelor of Education – Pacific Focus. A teacher education aid project designed to increase numbers of Nauruan teachers in Nauruan schools. The Nauru Teacher Education Project is a multi-million dollar project funded by AusAID and administered by UNE, NSW Australia. 
  • 2006-2013 Senior Lecturer and Associate Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, College of Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Involved in course coordination and teaching in BTch, BA and MEd degree programmes. Also involved in postgraduate research supervision from PG Dip Arts through to EdD and PhD. Research and Study Leave in Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific Feb to June 2011. 
  • 2004-2006 Lecturer (Primary) in School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Law, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. Part of a three person team teaching and externalising BEd (Primary) programme into distance and flexible learning mode to enable student access across Pacific region. A AUD$1.3 million AusAID funded, USP initiative (20 individual units of study either sole-authored or co-authored which form USP’s current BEd (primary) degree programme) 
  • 2002-2004 Research Assistant with Rural Teacher Education Project (RTEP), a AUD $1 million Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project focusing on quality teaching and learning and teacher preparation in rural/remote NSW.
  • 1984-1997 School Teaching in rural/remote NSW, Australia (5 years); Republic of Nauru, Central Pacific (2 years); Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific (5 years).

Research Interests/Experience

Research and teaching emphases include a sociology of Pacific education; the influence of cultural and other difference on schooling; and exploring critical theory as a basis for teaching and learning in the Pacific region.

Research Supervision

  1. Toorua, U (ongoing). The challenges in using algebraic language in Kiribati Year 12 classrooms
  2. Tekaieti, A. (ongoing). Sustainability and Indigenous Knowledge: The role of Schooling in Kiribati

Completed:

  1. Trevathan, H. (2014). Associate teachers in New Zealand: Great expectations, submitted for the degree of Doctor of Education at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  2. Al Khalifa, A. (2013). Perceptions of online education at King Faisal University: A case study, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago
  3.  Towl, P. (2013). “I am bad apparently.” The efficacy of stand down as a means to manage challenging and recidivist behavior, submitted in fulfillment of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago
  4. Hughes, R. (2013). Exploring the use of commercially produced literacy packages in Dunedin primary schools, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago
  5. Te Maiharoa, K. (2012). Ka Puanani: A one day school of te reo excellence, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago
  6. Hosoda, M. (2010). Hālau Education: A review of hula, haka and siva education strategies in Hawai’i and New Zealand, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago.
  7. Penrice, G. (2010). Discourses of Experienced Rural Teachers and their Work: A Poststructural Critique, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago.
  8. Ake, J. (2008). A case study of a dual curriculum academic/vocational high school in Papua New Guinea, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago.
  9. Kale, A. (2008). Evaluation of elementary school curriculum reforms in Papua New Guinea, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago.
  10. Tsukigawa, A. (2007). The education systems of Norway and New Zealand: A comparative historical analysis, submitted in fulfillment of Master of Arts, University of Otago.

Grants 

  • Co-researcher – Nauru Teacher Education Project  (research associated with $2.2 mill. AusAID teacher training project in Republic of Nauru)– with Dr Pep Serow, Dr Neil Taylor, Dr Terry Sullivan,  Dianne Smardon, Jodana Tarrant, Emily Angell, 2014 and 2015
  • Co-researcher - Mainstreaming difference: Tensions and debates in special education in New Zealand – with Dr Ruth Gasson 2013 (University of Otago Research Grant NZ$14000)
  • Lead Researcher - Postgraduate students with Pacific education research foci: Trends in thesis acknowledgement writing, 2012 (Humanities Division Research Grant NZ$5720)
  • Co-researcher - Pacific urbanisation and children’s changing lives, University of Otago Research Grant 2011 ($17,058) - with Associate Professor Dr Claire Freeman (Geography) and Dr Govinda I Lingam (University of the South Pacific).
  • Lead Researcher - Supporting Pacific Students at Otago: Tertiary Study Experiences, Preferences and Attitudes, University of Otago Research Grant (NZ$6279) 2010 (with Manager Pacific Islands Students Centre and Director of Summer School, University of Otago)
  • Co-researcher – The impact of work on the well-being of young New Zealanders, University of Otago Research Grant (NZ$11670) 2010 (led by Dr Ruth Gasson – College of Education)
  • Lead Researcher - How do you know?: Interrogating educational research done on the cultural margins in New Zealand 2010 UOCE Post-qualification Research grant (NZ$1560) 2010
  • Co-researcher – Children’s Lives a Pacific Study UOCE Post-qualification Research grant (NZ$1560) 2010/2011 (led by Assoc. Prof Dr Claire Freeman, Geography, University of Otago
  • Lead Researcher – From Training to Beginning Teacher: Anxieties and Desires in Transition, University of Otago, Division of Humanities research grant (NZ$2000) 2008. [see sylvia-teaching-reflections.blogspot.com]
  • Lead Researcher – From Region to Rim: The Transition of Pacific Children to Southern New Zealand Primary Schools, a research partnership with the Otago Pacific Peoples Health Trust exploring the unique experiences of transition from schooling in the Pacific region to schooling in Otago and Southland schools in the first 6 months, University of Otago research grant (NZ$5480) 2008. 
  • Co-researcher – Teaching and Trauma in the Solomon Islands: Solomon Island Primary Teachers’ Narratives of Teaching in Conflict, an on-going collation/analysis of interview transcripts with those who taught through the recent ethnic tensions on Guadalcanal.
  • Co-researcher – Teacher Education for the Future: A Case Study of Fiji, Pacific Circle Consortium, led by Southern Oregon University
  • Lead Researcher - An exploration of USP BEd (Primary) student’s study experience and graduate destinations, School of Humanities, University of the South Pacific internal research grant (FJ$10,000) 2004
  • CRAMS International Conference Scholarship 2001- Disrupting Preconceptions: Post Colonialism and Education, University of Queensland, 17th - 19th August
  • UNEPA/Faculty International Conference Scholarship 2000 - Global Resonance and Resistance: Affirmative Alternatives for Educational Policy, Practice, and Transformation, 45th Annual Meeting of Comparative and International Education Society, Washington D.C., 14th-17th March, 2001.
  • Keith and Dorothy Mackay Traveling Scholarship 1999 – research in archives of the Pacific Collection, University of the South Pacific library and National Library and Archive, Kiribati
  • Australian Postgraduate Award 1999 – 2002 (July) – doctoral research University of New England, NSW, Australia

 Academic/Community activities

Researchgate

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Greg_Burnett

Google Scholar – Citations

https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=RsugKcMAAAAJ

Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

Publications

  • Gasson, R., Burnett, G., Sanderson, L. and van der Meer, J. (pending). (Re)conceptualising inclusive education in New Zealand: Listening to the hidden voices, Disability & Society
  • Sullivan, T., Serow, P., Taylor, N., Tarrant, J., Angell, E., Burnett, G., & Smardon, D. (2015). Supporting families: A nurturing teacher education strategy in Nauru. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. Doi: 10.1080/1359866X.2015.1115821
  • Sullivan, T., Serow, P., Taylor, N., Burnett, G., Tarrant, J., Smardon, D. and Angell, E. (2015). A Flexible Delivery Teacher Education Strategy in Micronesia, Micronesian Educator, 21, 33-43.
  • Freeman, C., Lingam, G. & Burnett, G. (2015). Children's Changing Urban Lives: A Comparative New Zealand–Pacific Perspective, Journal of Urban Design, 20(4), 507-525
  • Gasson, R., Sanderson, L. Burnett, G., & van de Meer, J. (2015) “It’s all he’s going to say”: Using poetic transcription to explore students’ mainstream and residential school experiences. Disability and Society, 30(5), 731-742.
  • Serow, P., Taylor, N., Sullivan, T., Burnett, G., Tarrant, J., Angell, E. & Smardon, D. (2014). A Locally Focused and Sustainable International Teacher Education Project within Oceania, in R. Toumu‘a (Ed) Proceedings of the Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference, 24 & 25 September 2014 (pp.311-318), Nuku‘alofa, Kingdom of Tonga [http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=18304]
  • Serow, P., Taylor, N., Burnett, G., Sullivan, T., Smardon, D., Tarrant, J. & Angell, E. (2014). One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Teacher Education In Developing Pacific Island Countries. Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education,18(2), 18-28.
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G.I. (2014). Pacific postgraduate research in education done at the University of the South Pacific: Another site for rethinking Pacific education, in M. ‘Otunuku et al (Eds), Of Wind, Waves and Wonderful Things: A Decade of Rethinking Pacific Education (107-118). Suva: USP Press.
  • Lingam, G., Burnett, G., Lilo, J. & Lingam, N. (2014). Curriculum reform in Solomon Islands: A shift from Eurocentrism to Solcentrism in curriculum making. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 23(3), 345-353.
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G. (2013). Discourses of gratitude: Understanding the Pacific postgraduate study experience through acknowledgement writing, Micronesian Educator: A Journal of Research & Practice on Education in Guam and Micronesia 18 (Fall), 43-63.
  • Matthewson, C., Taumoepeau, M., Burnett, G., and Iati, I. (eds), (2013). Pacific Voices X: Abstracts for the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium, Pacific Islands Centre: University of Otago.
  • Burnett, G. (2013). Approaches to English literacy teaching in the Central Pacific Republic of Kiribati: Quality teaching, educational aid and curriculum reform. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 33(3), 350-363. 
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G.I. (2013). The social construction of urban Fijian childhoods: Literacy teaching, Waka readers and children’s lives, Asia Pacific Education Review, 14(2), 255-265
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G.I. (2012). Postgraduate research in Pacific education: Interpretivism and other trends, Prospects: A Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, 42(2), 221-233.
  • Burnett, G. (2012). Pacific Tertiary students in New Zealand's South: Towards a more nuanced framework for understanding, New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work, 9(1), 50-64
  • Burnett, G. (2012). Research paradigm choices made by postgraduate students with Pacific education research interests in New Zealand, Higher Education Research & Development,31(4), 479-492.
  • Matthewson, C., Taumoepeau, M., Burnett, G., and Iati, I. (eds), (2012). Pacific Voices IX: Abstracts for the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium, Pacific Islands Centre: University of Otago.
  • Taumoepeau, M., Matthewson, C., Burnett, G., and Iati, I. (eds), (2011). Pacific Voices VIII: Abstracts for the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium, Pacific Islands Centre: University of Otago.
  • Burnett, G. (2010). Anxieties, Desires and Sylvia: From Preparation to Beginning Teacher, New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work, 7(2), 143-155.
  • Taumoepeau, M., Matthewson, C., Burnett, G., and Vakaoti, P. (eds), (2010). Pacific Voices VII: Abstracts for the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium, Pacific Islands Centre: University of Otago.
  • Burnett, G. (2009). The Pacific Past That Is Not One: Problematising Re-Indigenised Pacific Futures, in Stroud, B. & Corbin, S. (eds), Handbook on Social Change, Nova Publishers, New York. pp. 205-219
  • Burnett, G. (2009). Critically theorising the teaching of literacy and language in Pacific schooling: Just another Western metanarrative?, Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, Vol. 3, No. 2 [Open source: http://www.criticalliteracyjournal.org/
  • Burnett, G. (2008). Pacific elementary school teachers and language policy critique : Context, Text and Consequences, Asia Pacific Education Review, 9(2), 148-156.
  • Lingam, G. & Burnett, G. (2008). Reaching the un-reached primary teachers: Distance teacher education at the University of the South Pacific, The Journal of Distance Learning,12(1), 16-26.
  • Burnett, G. (2008). Language Policy Work and Teaching: Complicating Pacific Language Communities, in Dorovolomo, J., Koya, C.F., Phan, H., Veramu, J. and Nabobo-Baba, U. (eds), Pacific Education: Issues and Perspectives, University of the South Pacific, Lautoka. pp. 180-195.
  • Burnett, G. & Dorovolomo, J. (2007). Teaching in Difficult Times: Solomon Island Teachers Narratives of Perseverance, Journal of Pacific Studies, 30, 37-62
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G. (2007). Reflective teachers and teacher educators in the Pacific region: Conversations with us not about us, International Review of Education, 53(3), 303-321.
  • Burnett, G. (2007). “Culture Isn’t What It Used To Be”: Problematising Pedagogies of Cultural Difference in Pacific Education, Social and Economic Studies, 56(1&2), 261-276.
  • Tuinamuana, K., Burnett, G., Dorovolomo, J. & Koya-Vaka'uta, F. (2006). Teacher Education for the future: A case study of Fiji at the University of the South Pacific, Journal of Teacher Education and Training, 1, 324 - 337.
  • Burnett, G. (2006). Book Review: Sanga, K. & Taufe’ulungaki, A. 2005 International Aid Impacts on Pacific Education, He Parekereke, Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University, Wellington. and Sanga, K., Chu, C., Hall, C. & Crowl, L. 2005 Re-thinking Aid Relationships in Pacific Education, He Parekereke, Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University, Wellington & Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva., in Journal of Pacific Studies, 29(2.), 259-261.
  • Burnett, G. (2005). Language Games and Schooling: Discourses of Colonialism in Kiribati Education, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 25(1), 93-106.
  • McConaghy, C. & Burnett, G. (2004). Education in the Country: What’s the Difference? Prime Focus. The Professional Journal for Australian Primary School Leaders. January, 28-29
  • Ninnes, P. & Burnett, G. (2004). Postcolonial Theory in and for Comparative Education, in Re-Imagining Comparative Education: Postfoundational Ideas and Applications for Critical Times, Ninnes, P., & Mehta, S. (eds), Routledge, New York. pp. 181-200.
  • Lingam, G. & Burnett, G. (2004). Teachers’ Work: The Case for Quality in Primary Education, Fiji Teachers Union Journal. pp. 58-60.
  • Burnett, G. (2004). Book Review: Ninnes, P. & Hellstén, M. 2005 Internationalising Higher Education: Critical Explorations of Pedagogy and Policy, Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong, Canadian and International Education, 33(2), 103-6.
  • Burnett, G. (2004). Schools, Teaching and Values, Pacific Curriculum Network,13(1&2),1-5.
  • Burnett, G. (2004). I-Matang, I-Matang Ko na aera? Colonial Discourse in Kiribati Education, in Re-Imagining Comparative Education: Postfoundational Ideas and Applications for Critical Times, Ninnes, P., & Mehta, S. (eds), Routledge, New York. pp. 63-84.
  • Ninnes, P. & Burnett, G. (2003). Comparative Education Research: Poststructuralist Possibilities, Comparative Education, 39(3), 279-297.
  • Maxwell, T., Burnett, G., Novak, M. & McConaghy, C. (2003). Disaggregating Rural Education in NSW: Methodological and Ethical Issues in Making Public Data Public Knowledge, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), University of Auckland, New Zealand, November, [http://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php/3892/Disaggregating-Rural-Education-in-NSW:-Methodological-and-Ethical-Issues-in-Making-Public-Data-Public-Knowledge].
  • Burnett, G. (2003). Re-Thinking a Basis for Language Teaching: Opening Up the Wardrobe, Pacific Curriculum Network, 1, 1-5
  • Burnett, G. (2003). Interrogating Colonial Discourse in Kiribati Secondary Education, Journal of Postcolonial Education, 2(2), 69-88.
  • Burnett, G. (2002). Technologies and Discourses of Colonialism in Education in the Republic of Kiribati, Directions: Journal of Educational Studies ,2, 10-23.
  • McConaghy, C. & Burnett, G. (2002). Place Matters: Productive Partnerships for Quality Teaching, NSW Education Magazine, Term 4.
  • Ninnes, P. & Burnett, G. (2001). Postcolonial Theory and Science Education: Textbooks, Curriculum and Cultural Diversity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 36(1).
  • Burnett, G. (2001). Invited response to draft report, Quality in Education & Training Education & Training Sector Plan 2001 – 2004, for Kiribati Education Sector Programme (KESP) [for Uniquest, University of Queensland]
  • Burnett, G. (1999). Knowledge, Schooling and Post-school Opportunities: An Exploration of I-Kiribati Parents' Perceptions of Secondary Education, Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 22(1), 83-99

Conferences

  • Burnett, G., Serow, P. & Sullivan, T. (2016). The Nauru Teacher Education Project: Toward a theoretical framework for ethical educational aid within the Pacific region, Vaka Pasifiki 2016: Education for What? Revisited, 5-6 July, Kukum Campus, Solomon Islands National University, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • Serow, P., Sullivan, T. & Burnett, G. (2016). Continuing Professional Development in the Nauru Teacher Education Project, Vaka Pasifiki 2016: Education for What? Revisited, 5-6 July, Kukum Campus, Solomon Islands National University, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
  • Serow, P., Taylor, N., Sullivan, T., Tarrant, J., Burnett, G., Smardon, D & Angell, E. (2014). Pre-service teacher education in Nauru: Where, who, and why, 3 Decades on: Reflections upon rural education - achievements, challenges and future directions, 30th National SPERA Conference, University of New England, 1st – 3rd October.
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G. I. (2014). Discourses of gratitude in thesis acknowledgements: Understanding Pacific postgraduate education as in-service teacher professional development, paper presented at Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference, 24th-25th September, Fa’onelua Convention Centre, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
  • Serow, P., Sullivan, T., Tarrant, J., Burnett, G. & Angell, E. (2014). A Locally Focused and Sustainable International Teacher Education Project Within Oceania, paper presented at Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference, 24th-25th September, Fa’onelua Convention Centre, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
  • Gasson, R., Burnett, G, van der Meer, J. & Sanderson, L. (2013). (Re)Imagining inclusive education for children with complex behavioral, social and educational needs: Insights from former McKenzie Residential School students, families and receiving schools, paper presented at NZARE Creativity in Research: Generative inquiries for educational futures conference, University of Otago College of Education, Dunedin, 26th – 28th November.
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G. I. (2013). Constructing Urban Fijian Childhood through Approaches to Language and Literacy Teaching, paper presented at 37th annual Pacific Circle Consortium Conference, University of Hawai’i, June 3rd-7th, Honolulu, Hawai’i
  • Burnett, G. (2012). Issues in English literacy teaching in the Central Pacific Republic of Kiribati: Quality teaching, educational aid and curriculum reform, paper presented at Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA 2012), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 8-11th July.
  • Burnett, G. (2012). Postgraduate students with Pacific education research foci: Trends in thesis acknowledgement writing, paper presented at Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA 2012), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 8-11th July.
  • Freeman, C. Lingam, G. Burnett, G. Whippy, K. Prasad, R. (2012). Neighbourhoods in a changing Pacific, 3rd International Conference of Geographies of Children, Young People and Families 11-13 July, National University of Singapore.
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam G.I. (2011). Pacific Postgraduate Research in Education: An alternative site for rethinking education in the Pacific region, paper presented at Rethinking Pacific Education Symposium: A Decade of Rethinking Pacific Education 2001-2011, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 5-9th December.
  • Burnett, G. (2008). From Training to Beginning Teacher: Anxieties, Desires and Sylvia, paper presented at Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association conference, National Institute of Education, Singapore Nov. 26th-Nov. 28th.
  • Burnett, G. (2008). From Pacific Region to Pacific Rim: Newly Arrived Pacific Children’s Transition to Southern New Zealand Schools, paper presented at Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association conference, National Institute of Education, Singapore Nov. 26th-Nov. 28th.
  • Burnett, G. & Dorovolomo, J. (2007). Teaching in Difficult Times: Solomon Island Teachers Narratives of Perseverance, paper presented at 5th Annual Hawaiian Education Conference, Marriott Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu, Jan 6th-9th.
  • Burnett, G. & Lingam, G. (2005). An Exploration of University of the South Pacific BEd (primary) students’ study experiences and graduate destinations, paper presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education, University of Otago, Dec 6th-9th. 
  • Burnett, G. (2005). “Culture Isn’t What It Used To Be”: Problematising Pedagogies of Cultural Difference in Pacific Schooling, paper presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education, University of Otago, Dec 6th-9th.
  • Burnett, G., Costa, V. & Koroi, M. (2004). The BEd Primary Upgrade Project: A Partnership Between USP and the Region’s Teachers’ Colleges, paper presented at Rethinking Teacher Education in the Pacific, 2nd Conference of the Pacific Association of Teacher Educators (PATE), National University of Samoa, 31st May-4th June.
  • Burnett, G. (2003). “I-Matang, I-Matang, Ko na Aera?" Interrogating Discourses of Colonialism in Kiribati Secondary Education, paper presented at Internationalising Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Critical Reflections, Critical Times, paper presented at the 30th Annual Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society Conference, School of Education, University of New England, December 6-8th.
  • Burnett, G. (2001). Disrupting Colonial Discourse in Kiribati Secondary Education, paper presented at Disrupting Preconceptions: Post Colonialism and Education, University of Queensland, 17th - 19th August.
  • Burnett, G. (2001). Technologies and Discourses of Colonialism in Education in the Republic of Kiribati, paper presented at Global Resonance and Resistance: Affirmative Alternatives for Educational Policy, Practice, and Transformation, 45th Annual Meeting of Comparative and International Education Society, Washington D.C., 14th - 17th March, 2001.
  • Burnett, G. (2000). Technologies and Discourses of Colonialism in Education in the Republic of Kiribati, paper presented at Comparative Education in Question: Perspectives for the New Millennium, 28th Annual Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Faculty of Education, University of Sydney, 29 Nov.- 2 Dec.
 
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