Robbie Johnston taught in several sectors of education in Queensland and Tasmania before moving to work in higher education in 1995. Since her PhD was conferred in 2003, Robbie has worked at universities in Victoria and Tasmania. Robbie's research in contexts of education focuses on rural and regional contexts and is informed by notions of place and space. Recent research projects have focussed on retention of rural students in education, museums, including virtual museums for children, and small rural history rooms in Tasmania. From 2008–2010, Robbie was Editor, The Social Educator, the refereed journal of the Social Educators' Association of Australia (SEAA). Robbie is currently a member of the Editorial Committee for this journal and a national committee member of SEAA.
ESH305 Learning and Society
- Johnston, R. (2012). Fieldwork, schooling, sustainability: A Tasmanian case. In M. Robertson (Ed.), Schooling for sustainable development: A focus on Australia, New Zealand and the Oceanic region (pp. 87 – 100). (Book series on School for Sustainable Development, Co-editors: J. Chi-Kin Lee, M. Williams and P. Stimpson) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
- Johnston, R. (2012, in press). Reinvigorating social studies: A desire for powerful learning. In B. Down & J. Smyth (Eds.), Critical voices in teacher education: Teaching for social justice in conservative times. (Book series Explorations of educational purpose, Series editors S. Steinberg & K. Tobin). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
- Johnston, R. (2009). Small community museums enabling diversity: Local history rooms in Tasmania. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 2(3), 41–48.
- Johnston, R. & Davis, R. (2008) Negotiating the dilemmas of community based learning in teacher education. Teaching Education, 19(4), 351–360.
- Johnston, R. (2008). Engaging children online: Is there room for the grittiness of social reality? International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 1(1), 83–88.
- Johnston, R. (2007). Children and community: Looking beyond socialisation and the status quo. New Community Quarterly, 5(3), 45–49.
- Johnston, R. (2007). Dominant discourses and teacher education: Current curriculum or curriculum remembered? Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(4), 351–365.
- Johnston, R. & Bradby, D. (2007). Learning online: Museum websites for SOSE. The Social Educator, 25(1), 13–18.
- Johnston, R. (2008). Beyond the humdrum of daily stuff: Places and spaces for teacher educators. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Hawaii Conference on Education, Waikiki, 5–8 January, 2008.
- Johnston, R. (2007). Discourses of community: Appreciating what others do in the world. Paper presented at the Addressing Inequalities through Community conference, Caro Centre, University of Ballarat, June 20, 2007.
- Johnston, R. (2006). Online or virtually so? Cultural spaces created for children through online museums. Paper presented to the Museums Australia National Conference, Exploring dynamics: Cities, cultural spaces, communities, 14–17 May 2006, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland Museum South Bank and Queensland Art Gallery. [Online].
Fields of Research
- Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
- Other education (399999)
- Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management) (390107)
- Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy (390101)
- Critical heritage, museum and archive studies (430202)
- Sociology of education (390203)
- Higher education (390303)
- Education systems (390399)
- Historical studies (430399)
- Educational technology and computing (390405)
- Teacher and instructor development (160303)
- Other education and training (169999)
- Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
- Policies and development (160205)
- Teaching and curriculum (160399)
- Learner and learning (160199)
- Understanding Australia's past (130703)
- Manufacturing standards and calibrations (150403)
Journal Article(11 outputs)
|2017||Abbott-Chapman J, Johnston R, Jetson T, 'Rural parents' school choices: affective, instrumental and structural influences', Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 126-141. ISSN 1839-7387 (2017) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Abbott-Chapman J; Jetson T
|2014||Abbott-Chapman J, Johnston R, Jetson T, 'Rural belonging, place attachment and youth educational mobility: Rural parents' views', Rural Society: The Journal of Research Into Rural and Regional Social Issues in Australia, 23, (3) pp. 296-308. ISSN 1037-1656 (2014) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 9
Co-authors: Abbott-Chapman J; Jetson T
|2014||Parker D, Johnston R, 'Investigating early years and primary teachers local history choices', The Social Educator, 32, (3) pp. 13 - 22. ISSN 1328-3480 (2014) [Refereed Article]|
|2013||Johnston R, McManamey R, 'Local history centres in Tasmania: citizenship hubs of vitality', The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1835-2014 (2013) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: McManamey R
|2009||Johnston RM, 'Small community collections enabling diversity: local history rooms in Tasmania', The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 2, (3) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1835-2014 (2009) [Refereed Article]|
|2008||Johnston RM, 'I think not a historical house: The 'fieldwork gaze' and multidimensional citizenship', The Social Educator, 26, (3) pp. 19-25. ISSN 1328-3480 (2008) [Refereed Article]|
|2008||Johnston RM, 'Engaging Children Online: Is there Room for the Grittiness of Social Reality?', The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 1, (1) pp. 83-88. ISSN 1835-2014 (2008) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 3
|2008||Johnston RM, Davis R, 'Negotiating the Dilemmas of Community-Based Learning in Teacher Education', Teaching Education, 19, (4) pp. 351-360. ISSN 1047-6210 (2008) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 3
|2007||Johnston RM, 'Dominant Discourses and Teacher Education: Current Curriculum or Curriculum Remembered', Asia - Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35, (4) pp. 351-365. ISSN 1359-866X (2007) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
|2007||Johnston RM, 'Children and community: Looking beyond socialisation and the status quo', New Community Quarterly, 5, (4) pp. 45-49. ISSN 1448-0336 (2007) [Refereed Article]|
|2007||Johnston RM, Bradby D, 'Learning Online: Museum websites for SOSE', The Social Educator, 25, (1) pp. 13-18. ISSN 1328-3480 (2007) [Refereed Article]|
Chapter in Book(3 outputs)
|2012||Johnston R, 'Reinvigorating social studies: A desire for powerful learning', Critical Voices in Teacher Education: Teaching for Social Justice, Springer, B Down and J Smyth (ed), New York, pp. 239-255. ISBN 978-94-007-3973-4 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2012||Johnston R, 'Fieldwork, schooling and sustainability: A Tasmanian case', Schooling for Sustainable Development: A Focus on Australia, New Zealand and the Oceanic Region, Springer, M. Robertson (ed), New York, pp. 87-100. ISBN 978-94-007-2882-0 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]|
|1997||Johnston RM, 'Conversation and Cognitive Dissonance', A review of the Mentoring to Enhance Research and Scholarly Capabilities of Academic Staff Program, University of Tasmania, Dr Ann Mihkelson (ed), Launceston, pp. 71-74. ISBN 0-85901-746-X (1997) [Research Book Chapter]|
Conference Publication(5 outputs)
|2013||Johnston RM, Fluck A, Robertson M, Getenet ST, 'First year education students' time and space preferences: Accessing study materials online', Teaching Matters 2012 - Conference Handbook, 4th December 2012, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 22. (2013) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Fluck A; Getenet ST
|2008||Johnston RM, 'Place-based Citizenship: Is it Just a Walk in the Park?', Conference Publication: Making a Difference: Multidimensional Citizenship in a Changing World, 20-22 January 2008, NSW Australia EJ ISBN 978-0-646-48061-9 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2007||Johnston RM, 'OK, please just tell us what to do: The challenge of freedom in teacher education', Proceedings of the 2007 National Biennial Conference of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association, 8-10 July 2007, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1-875864-64-5 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2006||Johnston RM, 'Learning Area Tensions and Popularity', Proceedings of the International Conference on Critical Discourse Analysis: Theory into Research, 15 - 18 November, 2005 , University of Tasmania, pp. 306-312. ISBN 1862952965 (2006) [Refereed Conference Paper]|
|1996||Johnston RM, 'Reflecting on undergraduate students' interpretations of environment and their subsequent planning decisions', 1996 Australian Teacher Education Association Annual Conference Proceedings, 1996, Tasmania EJ (1996) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2003||Johnston RM, 'On Location/s: Seeking field sites for the study of society and environment in teacher education - an analysis of social constricts of place and space' (2003) [PhD]|
Grants & Funding
Number of grants
- University of Tasmania ($5,241)
- Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Johnston RM
|PhD||What Aspects of Social Capital in the Family Unit influence the Socialisation Process of Students on the Northwest of Tasmania?|
Candidate: Wayne Anthony Roberts
|PhD||"I only look forward to Mondays" Facilitating Creative Writing Groups: Ageism, action and empowerment|
Candidate: Joan Margaret Webb