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Associate Professor Jennifer Howell

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Position
Associate Professor
Faculty
Faculty of Humanities
School
School of Education
Campus
Bentley Campus
Location
209.232
Phone
08 9266 9072

Brief Summary

Associate Professor Jennifer Howell received her PhD in 2007 from Queensland University of Technology. She has been teaching and working in higher education since 2005, and has been an educator for more than 20 years. She is Dean, Learning & Teaching in the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University.

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Overview

My current position is Dean, Learning & Teaching in the Faculty of Humanities.I began my teaching career as a Secondary teacher, teaching English, History and SOSE. After spending some time working in both Australia and the UK, I changed tracks and completed a M.Education (TESOL) and taught ESL. This was largely in university-entry programs in Australia and the UK, but I also went over to Hong Kong where I taught in a local secondary school for 6 years. It was in Hong Kong that I was given the opportunity to move into ICT and this is where I have remained working and researching. Upon completion of my PhD I made the move to teaching in pre-service teacher programs. Teaching teachers has been a constant focus of much of my research and teaching. I am particularly interested in the use of ICT and other learning technologies to transform classrooms. This led to my recent book Digital Pedagogies for Communication and Creativity. Much of my research has focused on different ICTs and how they can be used to enhance learning. This began with a keen interest in online communities, which led to the development of two online communities (eMerge and The Teachers Capacity Network) and is currently focused on blended learning in higher education and the use of LEGO robotics with Early years learners. In recent years I have started returning to my initial discipline areas of History and English and I am currently involved in a project exploring the use of historical narratives in the history classroom. I published a second book for OUP Teaching and Learning: Building an effective pedagogical repertoire in February 2014. Recently I was the Director of Student Experience and Community Engagement in the School of Education, and established the Professional Learning Hub. This has proven to be an exciting innovation, delivering professional learning workshops and opportunities throughout Western Australia.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

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Research Interests

  • LEGO Robotics
  • Professional Development and Learning for teachers
  • The use of ICT in education
  • Pre-service teacher education programs
  • Web 2.0; online communities; online learning
  • History teaching
  • Electronic research methodologies

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Publications


2016

Books - Edited

  • Ostashewski, N., and M. Cleveland-Innes. ed. 2016. "Handbook of Research on Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning." Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

2015

Journal Articles (Research)

2014

Books - Edited

Journal Articles (Research)

2013

Book Chapters (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2012

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

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2012

Books (Research) - Other

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2011

Books Chapters - Other

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A., and R. English. 2011. "Facebook goes on prac: Using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum." In The Professors Guide to Taming Technology Cox, T., and K. P. King., 165-182: Information Age Publishing.

2010

Books Chapters - Other

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A., and R. English. 2010. "Virtual communities as tools to support teaching practicum: Putting Bourdieu on Facebook." In Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomena Paradigms and Phenomena Daniel, B., 233-247: IGI Global.
  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2010. "Mapping electronic conversations: a tool for graphically understanding the discussions found in virtual communities." In Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomena Paradigms and Phenomena Daniel, B., 176-191: IGI Global.

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2010. "Teachers making connections: Online communities as a source of professional learning." British Journal of Educational Technology 41 (2): 1014-1027.

2009

Books (Research) - Other

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2009. "It's all about connections: Online Communities and their role in the professional development of teachers." Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM-Verlag.

Books Chapters - Other

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A., and M. Lloyd. 2009. "Changing the metaphor: The potential of online communities in teacher professional development." In Online Learning Communities and Teacher Professional Development: Methods for Improved Education Delivery Methods for Improved Education Delivery Lindberg, J. O., and A. D. Oloffson., 60-77: IGI Global.
  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2009. "Online Communities as a source of professional learning." In Stepping Out Into the Real World of Education Millwater, J., and D. Beutel., 71-90: SprintPrints.

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2009. "Online Professional Communities: Understanding the effects on membership on teacher practice." The International Journal of Learning 16 (5): 601-614.
  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2009. "eCAF: A new tool for the conversational analysis of electronic communication." British Journal of Educational Technology 40 (6): 1014-1027.

2008

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Duncan-Howell, J. A., and K. T. Lee. 2008. "How do we know E-learning works? Or does it?." Electronic Journal of e-Learning 4 (4): 482-496.
  • Duncan-Howell, J. A., and R. English. 2008. "Facebook goes to College: Using social networking tools to support students undertaking teaching practicum." Journal of Online Learning and Teaching 4 (4): 596-601.
  • Duncan-Howell, J. A. 2008. "Graphically Mapping Electronic Discussions: Understanding online conversational dynamics." Electronic Journal of e-Learning 5 (3): 323-336.
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