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

As a school based practitioner, Maria has taught from Kindergarten to Year 6 before diversifying as a Special Education educator supporting students with learning difficulties in local regional schools.  Concurrent work with TAFE provided rich opportunities to engage with VET and adult education course development and delivery. Since 2004, Maria has worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education. Maria’s interest in undergraduate teachers’ capacity to engage with Aboriginal students has resulted in a number of cultural activities involving on-campus and field experiences. She has continued to work with her various national projects as well as community and school projects to develop literacy capacity in Aboriginal students.

Awards

  • 2015 CSU Faculty of Business Team Award for Teaching Excellence: First Year Mathematics Teaching Team.
  • 2009 Australian College of Educators: Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

University Committees

  • SOTE RAP Committee
  • Dubbo Campus Environmental Committee

Memberships to Community Organisations

  • Member of Local Aboriginal and Educational Consultative Group (AECG)

Grants

  • Bennet, M., & Moriarty, B. (2017). Staff and Students Cultural immersion activities: Bathurst and Dubbo. $7000 grant through SOTE RAP committee.
  • Bennet, M., & Moriarty, B. (2016). Narran Lakes Cultural Immersion field trip: $2 000 grant awarded by CSU Student Representative Council, Dubbo.
  • Moriarty, B., & Bennet, M. (2015). NSW AECG modified Healthy Culture: Healthy Country program: $5 000 ($2 500 NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and $2 500 Charles Sturt University Community Initiated Grant).
  • Bennet, M. (2012). Tutoring the Tutor. $100 000 grant from DEEWR Parental and Community Engagement (PaCE) Project.
  • Bennet, M. (2011). Tutoring the Tutor. $88 000 grant from DEEWR Parental and Community Engagement (PaCE) Project
  • Bennet, M. (2010). Tutoring the Tutor. $5 000 grant from DEEWR Parental and Community Engagement (PaCE) Project.
  • Bennet, M. (2006). Apollo House Reading program. $6 000 from Dubbo RSL Community Grant to purchase readers for a community reading project.

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Maria’s research interest is in examining the capacity of undergraduate teacher education students to engage with and work with Aboriginal students, their families and communities. Her current work with an OLT project builds on previous AITSL and ALTC projects.

Book Chapters

  • Moriarty, B., Bennet, M., & Doolan, M. (2017). Developing understanding of Indigenous culture: Experiences of Australian pre-service teachers. In: P. Whitinui, C. Rodriguez de France & O. McIvor (Eds.), Promising Practices in Indigenous Teacher Education (pp. 57-69). Springer, Singapore.
  • Bennet, M., & Moriarty, B. (2016). Pre-service teachers, Aboriginal students and the cross-cultural ‘playing field’: Empowering futures. In T. Brabazon (Ed.), Play: A theory of learning and change (pp. 83-94). New York: Springer.

Journal Articles

  • Bennet, M., & Moriarty, B. (2016). Lifelong Learning theory and pre-service teachers’ development of knowledge and dispositions to work with Australian Aboriginal students. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 31, 1-9.
  • Moriarty, B., & Bennet, M. (2016). Practicing teachers’ reflections: Indigenous Australian student mobility and implications for teacher education. Social Inclusion, 4(1), 32-41.
  • Bennet, M., & Moriarty, B. (2015). Language, relationships and pedagogical practices: Pre-service teachers in an Indigenous context. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 10(1), 1-12.
  • Bennet, M., & Lancaster, J. (2013). Improving reading in culturally situated contexts. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(2), 208-217.
  • Owens, K., Paraides, P., Nutti, J., Johansson, G., Bennet, M., Doolan, P., Peckham, R., Hill, J., Doolan, F., O'Sullivan, D., Murray, L., Logan, P., McNair, M., Sunnari, V., Murray, B., Miller, A., Nolan, J., Simpson, A., Ohrin, C., Doolan, T., Doolan, M., & Taylor, P. (2012). Continuities in Education: Pedagogical perspectives and the role of Elders in education for Indigenous students. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15 (1), 20-39.
  • Owens, K., Paraides, P., Nutti, J., Johansson, G., Bennet, M., Doolan, P., Peckham, R., Hill, J., Doolan, F., O'Sullivan, D., Murray, L., Logan, P., McNair, M., Sunnari, V., Murray, B., Miller, A., Nolan, J., Simpson, A., Ohrin, C., Doolan T., Doolan, M., & Taylor, P. (2012). Cultural horizons for mathematics. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 23(2), 253-274.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Bennet, M., & Moriarty, B. (2013). Impacting practice: The undergraduate teacher and the Aboriginal student. Knowledge makers and notice teachers: Teacher education research impacting policy and practice, Australian Teacher Education Association.

Reports

  • Vozzo, L., Hatton, C., Reid, J., Pietsch, M., Bennet, M., Nanholy, P., Moran, W., & Labonne, E. (2014). Assessing professional teaching standards in practicum using digital technologies with Indigenous and non-Indigenous pre-service teachers.

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Maria lectures in undergraduate subjects in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) Course in literacy, professional experience and inclusive education subjects.

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Project Work

  • Monash University, Edith Cowan University and Charles Sturt University. (2016-2017). Engaging and partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and community to improve student outcomes. Current project funded by OLT.
  • Monash University, Edith Cowan University and Charles Sturt University. (2013). A unit outline and content for professional learning units to support teachers in meeting Standards 1.4 and 2.4. Project funded by AITSL.
  • University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University and Australian Catholic University. (2014). Assessing professional teaching standards in practicum using digital technologies with Aboriginal and other pre-service teachers. Project funded by ALTC.

Community Engagement

  • Community engagement involves working with different workplace providers to develop and run specific literacy programs to support Aboriginal students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to enhance and improve their reading and writing skills.
  • 2005-2009: Apollo House After- School Literacy Projects
  • 2005-2009: Smith Family Literacy Projects
  • 2010-2012: DEEWR Funded Community Literacy projects for Aboriginal students K-Y9.
  • 2013-2017: Indigenous Teacher Education in Community Project
  • 2017: TAFE NSW OCHRE Hub Literacy project

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