Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Amanda McGraw

Position: Senior Lecturer, Program Coordinator - Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Location: Mt Helen Campus, T Building, Room T312

Phone: 5327 9720

Email: a.mcgraw@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate (Education), University of Ballarat
  • Master of Arts, Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Deakin University

Teaching

  • EDGDS6132 Learning and Teaching in the Post-Primary Setting (A)
  • EDGDS6232 Learning and Teaching in the Post-Primary Setting (B)
  • EDGDS6007 English Curriculum 1
  • EDGDS6139 English Curriculum 2

Biography

Amanda McGraw currently coordinates the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) program at FedUni. The course is known for its innovative practices in relation to preparing pre-service teachers and is involved in a number of unique partnership initiatives with regional and rural schools. While Amanda loves teaching more than most things, pedagogy continues to perplex her. She is increasingly regarding her classroom as a 'research laboratory' where, through reflection, dialogue and experimentation, she learns more about complex learning and thinking processes. The professional doctorate she completed in 2010 examined the nature of deep professional learning for teachers. In that year Amanda was also awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Ballarat. Amanda taught for nearly 20 years in both state and independent schools. She held a number of leadership positions in schools including Deputy Principal. She worked as a pedagogical coach and developed curriculum and professional development initiatives for government departments and the English Subject Association in Victoria. She continues to work closely with practising teachers in schools in ongoing professional learning experiences and collaborative research projects. In 2012 she received a Teaching and Learning Fellowship to research effective teaching practices in higher education. This will involve talking to students across discipline areas about their learning experiences at university.

Areas of expertise

  • Teacher Education
  • Learning and Teaching Processes
  • Narrative Research
  • Professional Learning for Teachers
  • The Teaching of English

Research interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Professional Learning for Teachers
  • Literacy Learning and the Teaching of English
  • The Teaching of Thinking in Schools
  • Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • Narrative Research Methodologies
  • Supervision

Publications

Book chapters

McGraw, A. (2011). Shoving our way into young peoples' lives. Teacher Development. 15 (1), p.105-116.

McGraw, A. (2007). Young people as powerful learners. In Loader, D. Jousting for the new generation. Camberwell: ACER Press

McGraw, A. (2007).New teachers, new teaching. In Loader, D. Jousting for the new generation. Camberwell: ACER Press

McGraw, A. (2007).On the brink. In Loader, D. Jousting for the new generation. Camberwell: ACER Press

McGraw, A. (2006). Struggling to make a difference in an imperfect world. In Doecke, B., Homer, D. & Nixon, H. Only connect: English teaching, schooling and community. South Australia: AATE.

Refereed journal articles

McGraw, A. (2011). Shoving our way into young peoples' lives. Teacher Development. 15 (1), p.105-116.

Seminar presentations

  • ISATT International Conference, Bragga (2011)
  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) National Conference (2011)
  • Second East Asian International Conference on Teacher Education, Hong Kong (2010)
  • Victorian Association for the Teaching of English State Conference, Melbourne (2010)
  • International Thinking Conference, Malaysia (2009)
  • Australian Teacher Educators Association (ATEA) National Conferences (2008, 2006, 2004)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) National conferences (2007, 2004, 2001)
  • Keynote speaker, Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore (2006)
  • International Thinking Conference, Melbourne (2005)
  • Keynote speaker, VATE State Conference (2005)

Associations

  • ISATT (International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching)
  • VATE (Victorian Association for the Teaching of English)
  • HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia)
  • ATEA (Australian Teacher Education Association)