Dr Debra Donnelly


BA(Hon), M.A. (Classics),  M,Ed. (Information Technology), Grad Cert Tert. Teach., PhD (History Education)

Program coordinator Secondary HSIE

School of Education


Tel: 61 2 4921 6231
Email: Debra.Donnelly@newcastle.edu.au
Room: HA91,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan, 2308

Dr Debra Donnelly is a history educator in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle in Australia, working with pre-service teachers in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has a secondary school background with extensive classroom, school administration and welfare experience across a range of educational settings in New South Wales and internationally. Debra has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the University of Newcastle’s Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011) and Teaching Excellence Award (2010) and a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (2011). Debra’s research interests centre on the role of the visual and media in the development of historical and global consciousness in an age of ever-increasing access through modern technology, and the importance of the affective in teaching and learning. She is involved in research projects exploring issues including historical consciousness, democratic classrooms, student voice empowerment and inclusivity as well as cultural sensitivity in the learning space. Her PhD (Monash) focused on feature films, historical understanding and the impact of pedagogy.  She was recently a visiting scholar at University of British Columbia, Canada.

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