School of Education

Linda Zibell

Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor
Study area: Education
Location: Mt Helen Campus, T Building, Room T303
Phone: 5327 9325



  • Masters of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Early Childhood


  • Humanities Education (EDBED4011)
  • Integrating Curriculum – Humanities and the Arts (EDMAS6056)
  • Wellbeing & Social and Emotional Learning (EDBED2113)


Linda has worked as a teacher educator in the School of Education since 2006. In her greater teaching history she worked in Victorian state primary schools, innovative community and Steiner schools, as a roving music, creative dance and arts teacher; and in the University of Ballarat’s Department of Further Education. Her teaching work has involved students from 2 to 62 and is inclusive of people with mental illness and cognitive impairment, adolescents at risk, and students with enduring social and economic disadvantage. She is an active citizen and passionate advocate for practical and positive change in her local community through voluntary work on-campus as staff representative (two years on the University’s Sustainability committee); and off campus as immediate past president of the Buninyong and District Community Association. She was a founding co-convenor of the nearby Woowookarung Regional Park and is actively invited to represent her community in strategy, planning and conservation.

Areas of expertise

(1) Dialogic Imagination as a living pedagogy

Under the principal supervision of Dr. Kate Brass and the co-supervision of Dr. Amana McGraw, Linda has conducted a PhD study entitled ‘Teacher Pedagogies of Dialogic Imagination - a Narrative Inquiry’. She investigated in depth six teachers’ expressions and understandings of how imagination is enacted as an effective pedagogy. After constructing a theoretical framework combining the scholarship of Mikhail Bakhtin’s dialogic imagination, Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of imagination, and Jens Brockmeier’s narrative imagination, she compared and contrasted the framework to the teachers' contextualised understandings. The thesis concludes with a substantive theoretical foundation for the practical use of imagination in teaching and learning across educational disciplines and sectors - beyond its existing contribution to the arts, literature and early childhood.

(2) Humanities teacher education

Linda has worked in teacher education for a decade. She seeks to inspire excellence in the teaching of Humanities, Civics and Citizenship, and Environment & Sustainability education while translating this goal into personal action within her local community. She endorses the aims of the Melbourne Declaration and the Social and Citizenship Education Association of Australia in her dedication to promoting dialogue, and successful, active, informed, creative and confident students who bring imagination to their daily lives. She has also worked in Health, the creative and performing Arts, as well as Literacy and general education courses at Federation University. She has initiated courses in sustainability education and geography for the School of Education.


  • PhD “Teacher Pedagogies of Dialogic Imagination – a Narrative Inquiry.”
  • Bachelor of Arts (Monash)
  • Diploma of Education (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (UB)
  • Global educator (Global Education Project)
  • Creative Dance and Yoga Teacher (Mangala Studios, Carlton)

Research interests

  • Pedagogies of imagination
  • Narrative research methodology
  • Social Education and Humanities in primary schools.
  • Environment & Sustainability education
  • Wellbeing and Social and Emotional Learning
  • Community education


Refereed academic journal articles

Zibell, L. (2012) For the child and the world – a language of connection in education for sustainability. Fertile minds seeking dirt. Journal of Sustainability education (JSE)


  • 2009-10: The Social Educator: Journal of the Social Educators' Association of Australia: Regular 'profile' column of prominent Australian social educators.
  • 2009: On behalf of the Australian Association for Environmental Education - to ACARA Australian curriculum writers – Proposed scope and sequence for curriculum in environmental sustainability


  • 2006 Challenge - National Primary School magazine Late for Lessons
  • 2004 Southern Cross Literary Comp. (fiction to 10,000 words) Highly Commended - Zero for Infinity
  • 2003 City of Ballarat, Biodiversity Short Story Comp. Winner - Heart Wood

Seminar presentations


  • Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria conference: Borneo – the case of the vanishing rainforest.


  • Social Educators Association of Australia biennial conference: Sustainability Education at the Crossroads.
  • National University Rural Health Conference: Using imagination to engage rural secondary school students in health education issues.


  • Presenter for the Global Education Project
  • Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria conference, seminar co-creator: Teaching in the time of climate change.
  • National Gallery of Victoria "Windows on the World": Literacy, the Arts & Social education seminar: Once the World was One.
  • Sovereign Hill: History and Asian Perspectives in the Australian Curriculum;
  • STAVCON Victorian Science Teachers Association conference; IEU/AEU 'Green Schools' conference'; Greening Australia - Toolbox for Environmental Change: Water - it's who we are.
  • National Global Education Project conference: Borneo, the case of the vanishing rainforest.


  • Social Educators Association of Australia biennial conference Sustainability, the right way round, (with Dr. Sandra Wooltorton, ECU); And - Borneo, a test case for global sustainability.
  • (For the Global Education project) - ACU Ballarat: Forests and Sustainability.


  • Australian College of Educators, Ballarat Chapter, Heinz Centre, Ballarat Grammar School with Mr. Nick Lanyon: Education for Sustainability.
  • Presenter for Global Education Project: RMIT campuses at St. Albans and Hamilton; LaTrobe University at Bundoora

Education Advocacy for the Australian Curriculum (2008-9)

  • Development of Professional Teacher Standards in Environmental Education. Australian Association for Environmental Education
  • Round-table discussion - Teaching Australia Network and ACARA: The alignment of curriculum, assessment and reporting with pedagogy and school leadership.
  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) National
  • Curriculum Development Workshop: Sustainable Education.


  • Social and Citizenship Educators Association of Australia (SCEAA) (national committee member in 2009)