Jennifer is a Lecturer in Science, HASS, the Masters of Education Practicum Units, and has a special interest in English. She works from the South West campus of ECU in the School of Education.
Jennifer graduated from the Bunbury campus of Edith Cowan University in 1994, receiving both the Australian College of Educators Regional Branch Prize for the South West, and the Traylen Award. She began her teaching career in the primary schools and in 1997 became a Level 3 Classroom teacher in the inaugural round. Since then, Jennifer has taken on leadership roles as a Foundation staff member of both Geographe Primary School, and Cape Naturaliste College where she was Head of Maths and Science and also taught English. From 2013 – 2018 Jennifer lead the Teacher Development School Professional Learning presentations of integrated English and STEM content to the school district. Her particular passions are Philosophy for Children, critical and creative thinking, the use of graphic organisers including Mind Maps, cooperative learning, and the integration of digital technologies into teaching and learning.
PhD Candidate. Jennifer is researching the history of teaching, learning and occupation as demonstrated through four of her ancestral lines dating from 1815, including the Koreng and Wilman language groups of the Noongar (indigenous peoples of the south west of Western Australia), Copper miners from Cornwall, agricultural workers from Suffolk, and a pork butcher from Wurttemberg, Germany, to investigate how her own life and career in Education is contingent on theirs. The research embraces Critical Analytic Practice Ethnography, and embraces a blend of creative non-fiction, fiction, narrative and storytelling in the data collection and analysis of findings.
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