Dr Kate Ferguson Patrick


B. Ed.(Hon)., M. Arts, PhD

Senior Lecturer
School of Education

Community Outreach Coordinator for GERT


Tel: 61 2 4921 7764
Email: Kate.Fergusonpatrick@newcastle.edu.au
Room: HA75,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan, 2308

Kate taught in primary settings in the UK and Australia for 15 years before joining the University of Newcastle, initially as a school/university liaison teacher and currently as a permanent primary curriculum and pedagogy specialist. Kate wrote her PhD thesis on Cooperative Leaning and democracy classrooms. She has developed professional development programs for early career teachers to assist them in implementing cooperative strategies and democratic processes in busy and ever increasingly accountable primary classrooms. Her research in this area of globally valuable strategies to build cohesive classrooms has resulted in a number of international publications and presentations at Australian research conferences as well as in Hong Kong, the UK, Spain and Sweden. Kate led a school teaching professional development initiative as an academic mentor in the Australian Government Quality Teaching Project. Kate has been a visiting scholar at the University of Umea (Sweden).  Kate was a winner of the Faculty of Education and Arts Postgraduate Research Publication Prize in 2012. Kate has recently been awarded ‘The IASCE Elizabeth Cohen award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation’ from the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education at the International conference held in Taiwan in March 2019.

Kate is currently researching schools in Sweden and England as a part of her SNAPP (Strategic Network and Pilot Projects) Grant she was awarded from the Faculty of Education and Arts UoN in 2019. The project is exploring innovative and culturally responsive pedagogies, such as cooperative learning, used in schools who have ‘refugee’ or newly arrived students. She hopes to make contact with schools in NSW who may be interested in joining this research project and is seeking teachers who use cooperative learning in diverse primary classrooms.

Kate is also the community outreach coordinator for GERT. Please contact her if you have any questions about professional learning opportunities for schools in the area of Global Education.

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