Dr Francis Bobongie-Harris

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Doctorate of Professional Studies (Central Queensland University)

Dr Francis Bobongie-Harris is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice at QUT. Her research focuses on Indigenous Education in Australia and the Pacific and Australian South Sea Islander Policy, History and Cultural studies. She specialises in qualitative, ethnographic, narrative, community – led and participatory research methodologies. Francis is the co-leader for the Indigenous Education Research Program within the Centre for Inclusive Education (C4IE), Unit Coordinator for the Master of Education: Graduate Certificate in First Nations Education and Bachelor of Education: Building Partnerships with Families and Communities. She teachers into the Masters of Teaching, Masters of Education and Bachelor of Education Programs. Francis has been successful in securing an ARC Linkage (Chief Investigator - 2019), two Women in Research Grants (Lead Investigator - 2020), Early Career Research Grant (Lead Investigator - 2020) and NIAA Tender (Chief Investigator - 2021). Recent funded research projects include: * ARC Linkage 2019 - 2023: Archaeologies, collections and Australian South Sea Islander Identities. * Women In Research Grant 2020 - 2022: The Australian South Sea Islander Story in Education. * Women In Research 2020: Girls Education in the Solomon Islands: Research, Families and Wantoks. * Early Career Research Grant 2020/2021: Development of an Indigenous Framework: Initiating an Indigenous Language Program in an Early Learning Centre in Regional Queensland. * Tender Project funded by National Indigenous Australians Agency 2021: Understanding the Level of Engagement of Indigenous Families in Early Childhood Education in Mount Isa. * Horizon Grant 2021: Preparing teachers for diverse learners: Approaches to improve the cultural capabilities of teachers engaging with Australian South Sea Islander students and communities. * ACEQA 2021 National Quality Framework - Approved Learning Frameworks Update

Additional information

I have been a teacher for 20 years working in Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Australia and New Zealand. I have been a Lecturer at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) with the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education since February 2019. Prior to accepting this position I was employed as the first Indigenous Post Doctoral Research Fellow working with Griffith Institute for Education Research (GIER) and the Indigenous Research Unit. I completed my Doctorate of Professional Studies at CQ University in 2011, where I focused on Pacific and Indigenous Studies concentrating on gender and education. I have Australian South Sea Islander and Indigenous ties to the Mackay Community and the Torres Strait Islands in North Queensland, Australia; and Malaita in the Solomon Islands. I specialise in the areas of Indigenous Education, gender and education, Indigenous and qualitative methodologies as well as community and participatory research. I completed a Fellowship (Fall Semester 2016/2017) as a visiting Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Centre for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Studies (CANZPS at School of Foreign Service) in Washington D.C.. During this time I investigated the Kinship system within Australian and Melanesian Indigenous communities and their impact on Qualitative Research, specifically in the area of Ethnographical Research.
Archaeology, Collections and Australian South Sea Islander Lived Identities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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  • The implementation of an Indigenous methodological framework with English teachers in an Independent school system
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Radha Iyer
  • Exploring citizenship education in Australia through epistemologically and culturally diverse perspectives
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Jenna Gillett-Swan
  • The AICE framework: Engagement between school and community
    Professional Doctorate, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Radha Iyer