Personal details

Name
Dr Grace O'Brien
Position(s)
Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3032
Email
Location
View location details (QUT staff and student access only)
Qualifications

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

Professional memberships
and associations

Centre for Inclusive Education  – https://research.qut.edu.au/c4ie/

Centre for Justice – https://www.qut.edu.au/law/research/centre-for-justice

Moreton Bay Murri Network

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA)

Queensland College of Teachers

Keywords

Indigenous Education, Children's Rights, Youth Justice, Social Justice and Inclusive Education, Exclusionary Practices, Racial Profiling of Minority Groups

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

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)

 

This information has been contributed by Dr Grace O'Brien.

Teaching

EUB104 Stepping In

EUB406 Stepping Out/Teaching Performance Assessment

EUN130 Professional Experience: Introduction to Professional Practice – Unit Coordinator

EUB103 Culture Studies: Indigenous Education

EUN105 Teaching in New Times

EUB102 Teaching in New and Emerging Educational Contexts

EUB112 Child and Adolescent Learning and Development

 

This information has been contributed by Dr Grace O'Brien.

Experience

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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Grace O'Brien.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

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