Dr Grace O'Brien

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PhD (University of Tech., Sydney), Dr (University of Tech., Sydney)

Grace has worked in partnership with First Nations communities throughout Queensland for many years. She wishes to acknowledge and thank the Moreton Bay Murri Yarning Group and Mr Sid Doyle who were supportive in the completion of her PhD research. This research addressed the need for urgent educational reform to support the engagement of young First Nations males at school and prevent their over-representation in the juvenile justice system. Grace has worked across primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors to support an understanding and inclusion of First Nations perspectives and Knowledges within the education curriculum. She is a co-leader in the Centre for Inclusive Education – Indigenous Education Research Program, an affiliate member of the QUT Centre for Justice and the SECIE representative for the Faculty of Education’s, Equity Committee.

Grace’s areas of interest are:

Indigenous Education

School Equity

Cultural Safety

Lowering Exclusion Rates from schools

Social Justice

Inclusive Pedagogy

Schooling for the 21st Century

(Grace is available for Supervisions)

 

Additional information

Grace has worked in partnership with First Nations communities for over forty years to improve educational equity for First Nations children. She completed a Master of Indigenous Education through Macquarie University and received the Vice Chancellor’s commendation for Academic Excellence. Grace has expertise in the area of educational exclusion of First Nations young males and the school to prison pipeline in Australia, as well as embedding Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors.  She recently completed research into educational reform to support the engagement of young First Nations males at school in Queensland, to disrupt the school to prison pipeline.

Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2020
Details
AFHEA (Indigenous)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence