Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Maria Bennet

 Maria Bennet

DipT, RCAE; GradCert (SpecEd), MSpecEd, CSU, MEd, CSU; Grad Cert University Teaching & Learning; TAFE Wiradjuri Language 1 & 11

Maria is a lecturer in Professional Studies, Child Development, Literacy and Inclusive Education in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) as well as the Academic Liaison for the Teacher in Community project which supports Indigenous pre-service teachers in rural and remote communities. Maria uses her role to engage with educational providers and community and has secured DEEWR funding to run reading programs for Indigenous students and parents. Her research interests are in literacy and Indigenous education and this has been reflected in presentations at ATEA and AARE. Prior to joining CSU in 2004, she worked as a classroom teacher in primary schools, specialising in the areas of Inclusive Education and Reading where she piloted a number of successful school-based literacy and numeracy programs to support Indigenous students across K-6. As an early career academic at CSU, Maria has led a QTLP project for numeracy and developed a range of community experiences to provide pre-service teachers with on-going fieldwork opportunities to engage with the local Indigenous community. Her latest work with TAFE has resulted in the on-campus delivery of Certificate 1 and 11 in Wiradjuri language. Maria is an active member of the SOTE Teaching for Diversity research cluster, CSU Wiradjuri Language and Cultural Heritage Project and is currently working on an ALTC project:  Assessing Professional Teaching Standards.

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Maria's research interests are in literacy and Indigenous education and this work is reflected in presentations at ATEA and AARE. Maria is currently working on an ALTC project that is examining  Indigenous and non-Indigenous use of digital pedogogies on professional experience and a DEEWR funded project that engages with developing reading capacity in Indigenous students and parents. As an early career academic at CSU, Maria has led a QTLP project for numeracy and developed a range of community experiences to provide pre-service teachers with on-going fieldwork opportunities to engage with the local Indigenous community. Maria is an active member of the SOTE Teaching for Diversity research cluster, CSU Wiradjuri Language and Cultural Heritage Project.

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  • Professional Experience: EPT316 (Professional Experience 2: Early primary) and EPT317 ( Professional Experience 3 Upper Primary)
  • Child Development:EED121 (Children as Learners) and EED205 (Journey of Childhood) 
  • Inclusive Education: ESS201 (Understanding Diverse Learners) 
  • Literacy: ESL201 (Literacy Studies in the Primary School) 
  • Other subjects: EEB423 (Leadership and Management)

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  • 2012 DEEWR Literacy project: Tutoring the Tutor. Reading program that engages undergraduate teacher education pre-service teachers with Indigenous students and parents to develop reading skills. 
  • ALTC: Assessing Professional Teaching Standards Programming, Relationships and Communication (PRAC) 

Current Membership of Professional Associations

  • Australian College of Educators (ACE)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

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