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Affiliated Schools Network 2021 Annual Conference

Friday the 22nd of October

Affiliated School Conference

The CSC is proud of its ongoing partnership with The ACT school’s directorate through the Affiliated Schools Network. The Affiliate schools network provides bridges between research, future teachers, and local schools to ensure the ongoing integrity of student learning outcomes in the ACT schooling system.

The Centre currently has two funded research projects through the network with a partnership in a third. Each of these research projects were showcased at this year’s Annual Conference.

The 2021 Annual Conference was held online as series of presentations. The CSC invites you to find out more about each of the projects below!

Embedding Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing in Higher Education

Presenters: Ben Wilson and David Spillman

Calm and Alert – Ready to Learn: A transition to preschool program created by families, Early Childhood services and schools

Presenter: Deborah Pino Pasternack

Building Cultural Integrity with ‘Country as Teacher’: Investigating teacher engagement with pedagogies of Indigenous knowledge and being

Presenters: David Spillman and Katharine McKinnon

CSC researcher appointed Chief Editor of Curriculum Perspectives journal

The CSC would like to congratulate Associate Professor Philip Roberts on his appointment as Chief Editor of the journal Curriculum Perspectives.Curriculum Perspectives journal

The journal publishes articles that promote innovative curriculum thinking, multiple ways of knowing and understanding, and critical and creative problem solving to develop solutions that can make a difference in the lives of students and their communities. This journal brings Australian curriculum scholarship to the world and encourages an international exchange of ideas that can enhance curriculum experiences for students across the globe.The journal is the official journal of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association.

Philip is an Associate Professor of curriculum inquiry and rural studies, and has been an executive member of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association for several years. He was Associate Editor for five years before becoming Chief Editor of the journal.

Cover of Gender and Learning in Rwanda_S Randell etal

Ebook publication announcement

CSC is delighted to advise that a publication co-edited by CSC Adjunct Professor Dr Shirley Randell AO on the creation of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development in Rwanda in 2009, is now available.

The publication, Gender and Learning in Rwanda, features chapters by the first academics and stories by the graduates of the Centre - all exceptional people.

UTS has published this ebook under a Creative Commons license so it is available for many from the developing world to read. It is also available to you, for free, by clicking on the following link -

CSC Research Seminar

Ways of Seeing Women’s Leadership in Education: Metaphors and Images in Stories of Rwandan and Bangladeshi Women Leaders

Professor Shirley Randell
President, Independent Scholars Association of Australia,

Associate, Centre for Sustainable Communities, Faculty of Education, University of Canberra

Monday, 16 August 2021

CSC - Professor Shirley Randell_Ways of Seeing Women’s Leadership in Education - 16 Aug 2021.mp4 from UC Faculty of Education on Vimeo.

Radio interview: Future of food in the Canberra region

Sunday 25th August, 11am-noon on Goulburn community radio 2XX

Dr Ann Hill participated in a radio interview with Rod Taylor and the ACT Environment Minister Rebecca Vassarotti  about the Future of Food in the Canberra region. This included a discussion of 'Ten Journeys on A Fragile Planet' by Rod Taylor.

Ann discussed how people can and do work together at a grassroots level to affect economic, social and environmental change. She drew on her work with international communities in the Asia-Pacific region who have extensive experience working through challenges together to emerge stronger.  Of particular importance in this work is the role of schools and universities in teaching about sustainability issues with cross-cultural and collective sensibilities.

CSC Monograph 4 cover

Ann has recently published a monograph highlighting some of this work.

International Symposium:  ‘Exploring Teacher Recruitment and Retention: contextual challenges from international perspectives’

Associate Professor Philip Roberts participated in an invited symposium at the British Education Research Association (BERA) conference discussing international challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers. This work relates to the publication 'The challenges of staffing schools in a cosmopolitan nation: Rethinking the recruitment and retention of teachers in Australia through a spatial lens'

A recording of the event can be found on the BERA website.

Book seminar flyer

An ongoing research theme of the Rural Education and Communities Research Group is the staffing of rural schools in Australia. Philip is currently editing an edition on this topic 'The rural school challenge: International comparisons in the staffing of rural schools' with Natalie Downes and Dr Melyssa Fuqua (University of Melbourne). The edited edition is due to be released in 2022.

New edited book: Ruraling Education Research

The Rural Education and Communities Research Group Leader, Dr Philip Roberts, and Dr Melyssa Fuqua (University of Melbourne) published a co-edited volume of work titled 'Ruraling education research: Connections between rurality and the disciplines of education'

Ruraling Education Research book

This edited volume brings together a collection of chapters from leading scholars in rural education with the purpose of linking knowledge from the rural education field to the wider discipline of education studies. Through addressing significant issues in the rural education field, the book gives insights from rural education that have general relevance for the wider disciplines of education, and provides up-to-date scholarship in research in rural contexts.

This book aims to be a definitive and comprehensive edition of contemporary rural education scholarship that works as a guide for those new to researching in and for rural contexts, as well as actively expand the other sub-fields of education from a rural perspective. It examines the connection between rurality and the other domains of educational research, exploring what a rural perspective might bring to the broader fields of educational research, and how it might evolve them. In its unique approach, this book brings the concept of ‘rural’ to the disciplines of education; chapters regarding the ethics of research in the rural context speaks to a gap in rural education, and provide tools for engaging marginalised communities more generally in educational research.

For more information please email

CSC Webinar

Inclusivity, Livelihoods and Learning

Friday 21 May 2021, 11am-1pm - Canberra; 8am-10am - Perth; 8pm-10pm (Thursday) - Santiago

The Centre for Sustainable Communities conducts research to build sustainable livelihoods, foster lifelong learning, and create inclusive institutions that value diversity. Using co-design and place-based community engagement we focus on building partnerships through action research as a way to support the emergence of genuinely inclusive and sustainable communities. Pressing global challenges and events of the past year have prompted fresh consideration of the unsustainable nature of contemporary economic, social and ecological conditions – in this moment what can a place-based approach achieve? What does effective, respectful community engagement look like? What role can research play?

The Centre for Sustainable Communities brought together leading scholars and practitioners to explore these through three conversations focused on:

  1. Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing with Jill Milroy, UWesternAus
  2. Indigenous-led Codesign for sustainable livelihoods with Alison Guzman, MAPLE Microdevelopment Chile
  3. Diverse ways to survive well together with Katherine Gibson, University of Western Sydney

For more information please email

CSC webinar_Inclusivity Livelihoods and Learning_21 May 21.mp4 from UC Faculty of Education on Vimeo.

New edited book:Curriculum Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World

The Rural Education and Communities Research Group Leader, Dr Philip Roberts, published an edited book with Emeritus Professor Bill Green (CSU) and Professor Marie Bennan (UniSA) titled 'Curriculum Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World Transnational Perspectives in Curriculum Inquiry'. The edited edition is part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW).

Curriculum Challenges and  Opportunities in a Changing  World

This book brings together voices and perspectives from across the world and draws in a new generation of curriculum scholars to provide fresh insight into the contemporary field. By opening up Curriculum Studies with contributions from twelve countries - including every continent - the book outlines and exemplifies the challenges and opportunities for transnational curriculum inquiry. While curriculum remains largely shaped and enabled nationally, global policy borrowing and scholarly exchange continue to influence local practice. Contributors explore major shared debates and future implications through four key sections: Decolonising the Curriculum; Knowledge Questions and Curriculum Dilemmas; Nation, History, Curriculum; and Curriculum Challenges for the Future.

CSC Workshop

Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing and the Academy
Hosted by Uncle Paul Gordon

Friday, 30 April 2021

The CSC has the opportunity to learn from Uncle Paul Gordon about Aboriginal approaches to teaching and learning, encapsulated in the 6Ls: Lore, Love, Look, Listen, Learn, Lead, an example of cultural continuity, opening a discussion about the value of this age-old teaching and learning system to social and ecological healing, and how we might incorporate this approach in our work.

The 6Ls underpin the approach in the Building Cultural Integrity with 'Country as Teacher' research project in ACT schools which aims to embed in classroom practice deep respect for place-focused, ecocentric pedagogies that have been part of teaching and learning in Australia for centuries.

CSC Community of Practice

Methods for Participatory Research in COVID

The CSC is hosting an online community of practice to provide a space for discussion, exchange, and experimenting with new approaches to meet the challenges (and opportunities) of conducting participatory research during a pandemic.

There is opportunity for open discussion, and for folks to present ideas on key topics they would like to bring to the group during the coming months.

In the initial session (recording below) we hear from Dr Deb Hill about how she has been meeting the challenge of conducting action research in Melanesia, from a distance.

Recording of the inaugural meeting of the PAR in COVID - Community of Practice

31 March 2021

Watch on VIMEO: PAR in COVID - 31 March 2021

EduResearch Matters publication: The sociocultural experience of rural students at university

Natalie Downes and Philip Roberts, along with Samantha McMahon (USyd) and Kristy O'Neill (UNE) published a short article titled 'People call me “bogan”: how to mend the country-city divide in higher education' for the Australian Association for Research in Education blog 'EduResearch Matters'.

This piece provides insight into issues of different social and cultural capitals of rural and metropolitan peoples, especially how students navigate what it means to be rural in universities that don't appear to value their knowledges and experiences. It highlights implications for university coursework, rural careers, and the sustainability of rural communities.

Rural students at university

The publication draws from the results of the project 'The sociocultural experiences of rural students at university'. This is a project that aims to help make university transitions simpler for rural, regional and remote students and enhance their achievement once they begin their studies, by minimising the obstacles they may face.

CSC Book launch

Towards Collaborative Research in International Development - The Central Role of Social Science.

Authors John Sprigg, Barbara Chambers discuss their book with CSC's Barbara Pamphilon. Carol Kayrooz was unavailable for the discussion.