Bianca Coleman

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Bianca Coleman

Associate Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography)

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Bianca Coleman is an Associate Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences Education (Geography) in the Faculty of Education at the Sandy Bay campus. Bianca teaches three Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) units within the Master of Teaching: EMT593 Primary History and Geography; EMT540 Introduction to Society and Environment; EMT640 Society, Environment and Integrated Curriculum.

Bianca’s PhD examined the use of geospatial technologies as a teaching tool in secondary school geography classrooms. Bianca’s most recent research projects investigate LGBTI-inclusive teaching practices and Initial Teacher Education selection processes.

Bianca is available for PhD, Master of Education (Research) and Honours supervision, particularly projects related to:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Education
  • Mixed Methods Research


Bianca has a taught in a variety of education contexts. Beginning her career in online education for secondary school students, Bianca has held history, geography and English teaching roles in a range of secondary schools and has coordinated programs for students with additional learning needs. Since 2014, Bianca has held a variety of online and on-campus sessional teaching and research assistant positions within the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania. Since 2018, Bianca has taught HASS pre-service teachers within the Master of Teaching.

Career summary


  • PhD (2018), 'Early Adopters of Geospatial Technologies for Teaching Geography in Australian Secondary Schools', University of Tasmania
  • M.Ed. (2012), University of Tasmania
  • B.Teach (Hons) (2010),  'Factors that limit and enable pre-school aged children’s physical activity on child care centre playgrounds', University of Tasmania
  • BA (Hons) (2007), 'Whither East Asian regionalism: The prospects of a free trade agreement in the East Asia Summit', University of Tasmania


Professional practice

  • Bianca is a member of the Sustainability, Place and Society research group with the Faculty of Education and the Tasmanian Education for Sustainability Community of Practice.
  • Bianca is a committee member for the Tasmanian Geography Teachers’ Association (TGTA). Bianca is also a member of the Tasmanian History Teachers’ Association (THTA).
  • Bianca is a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Australian Teacher Education Association.


technology education; geography education; teacher education; primary education; humanities education; history education

Teaching responsibility

Bianca is the unit coordinator for:

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Research Themes

Bianca’s research aligns with the research theme of ‘Creativity, Culture and Society’. Her PhD research identified ways in which teachers can adapt and develop their teaching practice to provide students with opportunities to learn and engage with geospatial technologies (such as geographic information systems, the global positioning system and interactive and online maps). It is important that we upskill our students to be able to participate in the use of these technologies and spatial data more generally. In our daily lives, geospatial technologies have become ubiquitous – we increasingly use these technologies to make decisions in our public, professional and civic lives. Improved access to spatial data and our increasing dependency on geospatial technologies necessitates that today’s students understand how to use these technologies with purpose for participating in contemporary society. Bianca’s research examined how innovative and enthusiastic teachers are taking on the challenge of incorporating geospatial technologies in their teaching and the results of their efforts on students’ learning. The results of Bianca’s research make an important contribution towards efforts to improve the technology and spatial literacy of Australian school students.

Fields of Research

  • Gender, sexuality and education (390406)
  • Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management) (390107)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
  • Early childhood education (390302)
  • Maritime engineering (401599)
  • Sociology of education (390203)
  • Primary education (390304)
  • Environmental education and extension (410403)
  • Other education (399999)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy (390199)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy (390113)

Research Objectives

  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Teacher and instructor development (160303)
  • Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
  • Gender aspects in education (160202)
  • Higher education (160102)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Management, resources and leadership (160204)
  • Gender and sexualities (230108)
  • Environmental education and awareness (190203)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Policies and development (160205)
  • Equity and access to education (160201)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • The creative arts (130103)


Total publications


Journal Article

(12 outputs)
2021Coleman B, Beasy K, Morrison R, Mainsbridge C, 'Academics' perspectives on a student engagement and retention program: dilemmas and deficit discourses', Teaching in Higher Education Article 2000387. ISSN 1356-2517 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.2000387 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Beasy K; Morrison R; Mainsbridge C


2021Grant R, Beasy K, Coleman B, 'Homonormativity and celebrating diversity: Australian school staff involvement in gay-straight alliances', International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25, (8) pp. 960-975. ISSN 1360-3116 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1592249 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Grant R; Beasy K


2021Grant R, Beasy K, Emery S, Coleman B, 'Beyond safety': teachers and school staff approaches to LGBTI-inclusion in Tasmanian schools', International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25, (3) ISSN 1360-3116 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2018.1555866 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Grant R; Beasy K; Emery S


2021Sheridan L, Coleman B, Durksen TL, 'Important non-academic attributes in Australian initial teacher education', Australian Educational Researcher ISSN 0311-6999 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13384-021-00443-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2020Beasy K, Emery SG, Dyer L, Coleman B, Bywaters D, et al., 'Writing together to foster wellbeing: doctoral writing groups as spaces of wellbeing', Higher Education Research and Development, 39, (6) pp. 1091-1105. ISSN 0729-4360 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1713732 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Beasy K; Emery SG; Dyer L; Bywaters D; Crawford J; Swarts K; Jahangiri S


2018Verlie B, Emery S, Osborn M, Beasy K, Coleman B, et al., 'Becoming researchers: making academic kin in the Chthulucene', Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 33, (3) pp. 145-159. ISSN 0814-0626 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/aee.2017.24 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Emery S; Beasy K; Kezabu K


2017Chin CKH, Fluck A, Chong CL, Penesis I, Ranmuthugala D, et al., 'Higher order thinking through Calculus for Kids', Journal of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, 4, (1) pp. 26-31. ISSN 2205-3611 (2017) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Chin CKH; Fluck A; Chong CL; Penesis I; Ranmuthugala D

2016Coleman B, 'The Google Cultural Institute for teaching and learning history', Teaching History, 50, (4) pp. 67. ISSN 0040-0602 (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2016Coleman B, Brett P, Beasy K, 'Geospatial technologies and twenty first century citizenship: opportunities and barriers in the humanities and social sciences classroom', The Social Educator, 34, (1) pp. 16-27. ISSN 1328-3480 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Brett P; Beasy K


2015Coleman B, 'History storytelling with Esri's Story Maps application', Teaching History, 49, (4) pp. 60-61. ISSN 0040-0602 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2013Coleman B, Dyment JE, 'Factors that limit and enable preschool-aged children's physical activity on child care centre playgrounds', Journal of Early Childhood Research, 11, (3) pp. 203-221. ISSN 1476-718X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1476718X12456250 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22

Co-authors: Dyment JE


2012Dyment J, Coleman B, 'The intersection of physical activity opportunities and the role of early childhood educators during outdoor play: Perceptions and reality', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37, (1) pp. 90-98. ISSN 0312-5033 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/183693911203700111 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Dyment J


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2019Emery S, Beasy K, Coleman B, 'Fostering EfS Connections for Community Wellbeing: Working Meaningfully with What We've Got', Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development. World Sustainability Series, Springer, WL Filho, AL Salvia, RW Pretorius, LL Brandli, E Manolas, F Alves, U Azeiteiro, J Rogers et al. (ed), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 435-447. ISBN 978-3-030-15603-9 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-15604-6_27 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Emery S; Beasy K


Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
2019Coleman BJ, Sheridan L, Durksen TL, 'Mapping the Non-Academic Attributes Critical for Preservice Teachers: What is Common, Core and Contextual?', European Conference on Educational Research, 2 - 3 September, Hamburg, Germany (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Thomas J, Coleman B, Herrlander Birgerson E, 'Preparing pre-service teachers for Flexible Learning Programs: A pilot study', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 1-5 December 2019, Brisbane, Queensland (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thomas J; Herrlander Birgerson E


2018Beasy K, Emery S, Coleman B, Grant R, 'Supporting gender non-conforming students: learnings from school staff from Australia', ECER 2018 Abstracts, 4-7 September 2018, Bolzano, Italy (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Beasy K; Emery S; Grant R


2018Beasy KM, Dyer L, Grant RF, Coleman BJ, Emery SG, 'Visualising LGBT-inclusive practices: A resource informed by teachers and support staff', #GEACONF2018, December, Newcastle, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Beasy KM; Dyer L; Grant RF; Emery SG

2018Beasy KM, Grant RF, Coleman BJ, Emery SG, 'Context matters: Supporting staff working with LGBT students in schools', #GEACONF2018, December, Newcastle, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Beasy KM; Grant RF; Emery SG

2018Emery S, Beasy K, Coleman B, 'Fostering EfS connections for community wellbeing: working meaningfully with what we've got', World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2018) Programme Book, 28-30 August 2018, Penang, Malaysia, pp. 8. (2018) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Emery S; Beasy K


2016Chin CKH, Fluck AE, Chong J, Penesis I, Ranmuthugala D, et al., 'Higher order thinking through Calculus for Kids', Australian Council for Computers in Education 2016 Conference Refereed Proceedings, 29 September - 2 October 2016, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 31-38. ISBN 978-0-9581188-2-8 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Chin CKH; Fluck AE; Chong J; Penesis I; Ranmuthugala D


2015Bowman B, 'Teacher knowledge and geospatial technologies', Conversations on Knowledge for Teaching - Education Technologies: Now and in the Future, 11th - 13th February 2015, Launceston, Australia, pp. 1-5. (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2019Thomas J, Coleman B, Mason T, Green R, ''They're actually pretty skilled' A report on a trial of preparing Initial Teacher Education Students for working at St Francis Flexible Learning Centre', University of Tasmania, St Francis Flexible Learning Centre, Australia (2019) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Thomas J

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2018Beasy K, Grant R, Emery S, Coleman B, 'Inclusive Practices: Supporting Schools, Supporting Students', Summary Report, University of Tasmania, Australia (2018) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Beasy K; Grant R; Emery S

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Kids4Kids Conference: Do Not Mess with Burnie (2018)$1,828
The Kids4Kids Conference: Dont Mess With Burnie is a community engagement event aimed at promoting environmental education and understandings of sustainability amongst primary school children in Burnie. The event included a day-long series of workshops and activities designed to engage students in learning about local waste management, management of coastal debris and the use of natural resources in and around Burnie. The Kids4Kids Conference: Dont Mess with Burnie event provided an opportunity for children and their teachers to engage with staff from the University of Tasmania through a positive, respectful and purposeful project, while the event contributed to the universitys efforts to play a critical role in education in the region. The focus of the event on childrens learning about the environment and sustainability is particularly relevant for the region. The regions economy strongly relies on agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, mining and tourism (Cradle Coast Authority, 2017). Conservation and management of the environment, therefore, is critical to the on-going economic prosperity of the region and this event highlights the roles of individuals, schools, businesses and the university is ensuring the sustainability of the regions environment resources.
University of Tasmania ($1,828)
Grant-Schools Engagement Grants
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Coleman BJ; Beasy KM
Inclusive practices: Supporting teachers, supporting students (2017)$8,849
Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) young people report high levels of bullying, harassment, and discrimination at school, resulting in negative educational and health outcomes (see Hillier et al., 2010; Robinson et al., 2014). Previous Australian research has identified significant need for LGBTI-inclusive teaching practice and schooling environments (Jones and Hillier, 2012). However, little is known about the competencies of Tasmanian school staff to provide LGBTI inclusive practice nor how Tasmanian teachers support their LGBTI students. To address these knowledge gaps and better inform teaching practice, this project will explore the needs of Tasmanian teachers in schooling contexts. This study will address the following research questions: 1. How are teachers supporting LGBTI students in Tasmanian schools? 2. What are the needs of teachers in creating and sustaining inclusive school environments?In partnership with the Government-funded gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service, Working It Out, we will conduct focus groups and interviews with teachers in relation to their support of LGBTI students and staff and explore their knowledge, attitudes and approaches to LGBTI-inclusive teaching practice and school cultures.This exploratory study aims to provide evidence-based directives for further professional learning and policy development in this area. Given the 3 year Safe Schools Coalition Australia program is ending in October, it is timely and crucial that informed, evidence-based resources be developed to explore practices that promote inclusive classrooms in Tasmania. Our findings will also inform and enhance partnering organisations ability to support pre-service teachers, Tasmanian teachers and school communities in embracing diverse and inclusive learning cultures.
University of Tasmania ($8,849)
Creativity, Culture & Society Research Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Coleman BJ; Beasy KM; Grant RF; Emery SG

Research Supervision




PhDRelating the Holocaust for Young Adults, an Australian Perspective2021