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I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. I'm currently based in the Race and Ethnicity in the Global South Research Collaboration.

My research interests include histories of youth, gender, welfare, education and disability. I have a keen interest in digital history and all things web.

My dissertation is titled "Help Us/Help Them: How Australian parents understood the problem of mental retardation, and what they did about it, 1945-1970."

Public Talk: The Sad (?) Story of John Carey Guest

April 17, 2013

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Public talk delivered to the Royal Australian Historical Society, Sydney, 17th April 2013.

The RAHS has put a podcast of the talk up on Vimeo.

Fourteen Impressive High Definition Historical Photographs of “Special” Education from Tasmania

April 2, 2013

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Wingfield Home, classroom, 1961.

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The Coming of White Australia

March 21, 2013

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Conference Abstract: Transformative technology and disabled bodies in Post-WWII Australia

March 20, 2013


The AHA Conference is coming again, this year in Woolongong, followed by a THATCamp on Saturday! Conference website : #OzHA2013. As usual, I’ll be presenting a paper. This year’s conveners gave us the added challenge of  producing a title with less than 10 words, and an abstract summary of less than 30.

Summarized Abstract:

Focusing on non-government organisations, I examine how the practice of civilian rehabilitation transformed Australians’ understanding of citizenship, work, and economic participation in the post-War period. Read more…

History SOTL – An Annotated Bibliography

August 30, 2012

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History SOTL Introduction

Pace, D. (2004). The Amateur in the Operating Room: History and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The American Historical Review, 109(4), 1171-1192.

Is there a gulf between our disciplinary knowledge and our knowledge of teaching and learning? David Pace think so, and argues for the scholarship of teaching and learning history to be taken more seriously.

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I’d rather talk to my Goldfish: A (failed?) Twitter experiment

June 21, 2012

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We often here how today’s students love technology. So do I. I also like to play a bit and try and see how we can best use it to enhance our higher education teaching.

This past semester I’ve been teaching Australian Social History (HSTY2614), a survey course which spans from 1918 through to today. As lead tutor for the course, I tried to engage the students through a range of online initiatives. This included a set of online resources available through the custom address; email updates providing responses to in-tutorial activities such as setting class rules and a stop/start/continue peer -review exercise; a webCT site offering lecture recordings; and (something new) a twitter hashtag for the course.

Twitter is what I discuss here. Read more…

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