Erica Southgate

Erica Southgate
The University of Newcastle, Australia · School of Education

PhD (Education), BEd (with distinction)

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118
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Additional affiliations
January 2016 - December 2016
Curtin University
Position
  • Equity Fellow 2016
Description
  • Awarded national Equity Fellowship attached to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
January 2008 - present
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 1997 - November 2002
University of South Wales
Position
  • Research Associate

Publications

Publications (118)
Technical Report
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The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of existing and emerging digital technologies and their potential application for K-12 education and career exploration. The report scopes a range of technologies including virtual and augmented reality, haptics, tangibles, and new video media. It aims to provide accessible explanations of these...
Conference Paper
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Virtual and augmented reality technologies have been heralded as bringing an end to education in its traditional, institutional forms. This paper explores this claim by deploying two areas of educational theory: non-technicised pedagogical theory and sociological theories of embodiment. The paper traces each theoretical area, weaving a series of pr...
Patent
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Apple devices - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uni-tune-in/id971888771?mt=8 Android devices - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=reptiliaware.com.unitunein&hl=en Uni Tune In features 17 short videos that focus on different academic areas including note-taking, understanding assessments and academic reading and writing. Uni Tune In is f...
Research
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The Seahorse YouTube channel has short videos for college and university students to improve their study skills and literacy
Book
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780081002131 Governments have introduced policies to widen the participation of disadvantaged students in higher education. Widening participation policies are also introduced to ensure that higher education contributes to the social and economic outcomes. This book includes important insights from 23 lea...
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There is increasing interest in shifting the focus of virtual reality (VR) in education from consumption activities to content creation where students can produce and share their own virtual environments. This paper reports on a pilot study where junior secondary science students created a 360° VR learning resource for primary (elementary) school s...
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Older students have reported a series of barriers to starting their higher education experience. However, quantitative evidence suggests that older students, particularly older women, have unique approaches to learning that enhance their satisfaction with their higher education studies. The current study sought to extend these findings by quantitat...
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A research project at an Australian regional university reframed “disability” by defining the diagnosis of a disability with an impact on learning as a learning challenge. Using the terminology of learning challenge, an anonymous, online survey found there was a significant number of students who chose institutional non-dis-closure and excluded the...
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This study explored the perspectives of medical students from first-in-family (FiF) university backgrounds. Semi-structured interviews focused on steps into, and experiences of medical education, and effects of student identity on social networks. Twenty FiF medical students from one English medical school took part in qualitative interviews. Data...
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Internationally, students with disabilities (SWD) are increasing in numbers in in higher education institutions. SWD are legally required to be supported by their institutions to ensure equity of access and outcome. Most research around SWD is focused on the provision of support and accommodation to achieve equitable access. Recent research has sho...
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This paper explores the degree to which university students understand and manage their online reputations. Digital technologies and social media are increasingly entwined in all spheres of human activity. The concept of 'postdigital' is slowly gaining traction as a way of analysing life after the digital revolution. The increasing integration of t...
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Teachers are under increased pressure to teach children digital skills, and parents are having to manage children’s online presence as well as their offline lives. Much of the discussion surrounding the issue of children’s digital footprints highlights the potential present and future risks that children could be exposed to. While parents and teach...
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Increasing numbers of children and young people are experiencing immersive virtual reality as part of leisure and schooling. Immersive virtual reality mediated through head-mounted displays presents significant challenges as well as tantalising opportunities for learning within schools. The purpose of this paper is to report on key issues that aros...
Chapter
The massification of higher education has seen an increase in students who have been traditionally underrepresented in universities. However, these non-traditional students remain underrepresented in elite universities and in high status degrees. This chapter critically engages with the idea of ‘quality’ as it relates to elite professions and their...
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Despite significant policy efforts to widen participation, non-traditional students continue to be under-represented in high status university degrees such as medicine. Although this issue is both global and intransigent, relatively little is known about the journeys of non-traditional students who do succeed in gaining access to high status degree...
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Background: There has been much interest in the transitions along the medical education continuum. However, little is known about how students from non-traditional backgrounds experience both the move to, and through Medical School, and their ambitions post-graduation. This research sought to understand the transitional journey into, and through u...
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The present study explored the interactive effect of age and gender in predicting surface and deep learning approaches. It also investigated how these variables related to degree satisfaction. Participants were 983 undergraduate students at a large public Australian university. They completed a research survey either online or on paper. Consistent...
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Students with disabilities (SWD) in Australian higher education need to disclose to their institution to access a range of ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support their learning. Nationally, 5.8% of the university population disclose their disability to their institution. It is suspected that there is a much larger population of students who choose non...
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Given that today’s children are prolific users of the internet, concern has been raised about the future impact of the digital footprints they are currently generating. Here, we report on the Best Footprint Forward project which utilised focus groups to investigate the digital footprint awareness of 33 children (ranging in age from 10 to 12 years o...
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Internationally, university students with disabilities (SWD) are recognised as being under-represented in higher education. They face significant problems accessing appropriate accommodations for their disability. Academic outcomes for this group are lower in terms of achievement and graduation rates. The true size of the SWD group at university is...
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Purpose: This study aims at establishing the scope of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) health in Australian and New Zealand medical curricula. Methods: We sent medical school curriculum administrators an online cross-sectional survey. Results: The response rate was 15 medical schools (71%): 14 Australian school...
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Computer gaming is a global phenomenon and there has been rapid growth in 'serious' games for learning. An emergent body of evidence demonstrates how serious games can be used in primary and secondary school classrooms. Despite the popularity of serious games and their pedagogical potential, there are few specialised frameworks to guide K-12 teache...
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The preceding chapters have demonstrated that widening participation (WP) is both an important and a complex issue, and it presents an enduring problematic for improving equity of access and success for people worldwide. This chapter highlights important aspects identified by contributors, not only in terms of outlining the important aspects of WP...
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Psychologists too are interested in rationality. For example, the concept of bounded rationality suggests that people intend to make goal-oriented rational choices; however the architecture of human emotion and cognition places limits on rational decision-making.
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Higher education is understood as essential to enabling social mobility. Research and policy have centred on access to university, but recently attention has turned to the journey of social mobility itself – and its costs. Long-distance or ‘extreme’ social mobility journeys particularly require analysis. This paper examines journeys of first-in-fam...
Conference Paper
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Social media usage is now understood as playing a role in career access and success, and the development of a positive online presence or digital footprint is an important part of this. However, there is a paucity of knowledge in Australia on how children, adolescents and young people comprehend digital footprints despite social media being amongst...
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This paper is one in a series of papers interrogating some of the fundamental bases of what is seen as good professional experience in initial teacher education (ITE). This paper uses the case study of Health/Physical Education (HPE) students' perceptions of their professional experience, compared to other teaching disciplines, in one regional univ...
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The collection and analysis of analytics incorporated into serious games provides researchers with objective data on player behavior related to serious game design elements and learning. Such analytics offer insights about play-learners engagement that is not possible to capture through traditional techniques. Visualization of learning behavior dat...
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ContextStudents from backgrounds of low socio-economic status (SES) or who are first in family to attend university (FiF) are under-represented in medicine. Research has focused on these students' pre-admission perceptions of medicine, rather than on their lived experience as medical students. Such research is necessary to monitor and understand th...
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Background Peer education is a much-used approach to health education with young people and marginalised groups. Rarely, however, has the concept been interrogated for its meaning and usefulness, despite pleas for the importance of doing so going back several decades. Objectives Against this background, this paper offers a specifically educational...
Presentation
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A podcast about embodiment and virtual reality and social, cultural and educational implications. Part of Road to VR series: http://voicesofvr.com/469-embodied-cognition-using-social-structures-for-collaborative-learning/
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There is increasing interest in the application of serious games for learning. Growth in the take-up of digital devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, and their use for gaming provides new opportunities for mobile learning (m-learning). A serious game m-learning app for improving adult learners' apostrophe usage, called Apostrophe Power, has been d...
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Australian children are among the youngest and most prolific users of the internet in the world; they are, on average, a little under eight years old when they begin using the internet; and most Australian children and teenagers go online daily. Understanding children’s digital knowledge and online behaviour is important as children’s internet and...
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Soft skills such as effective communication are becoming increasingly important for engineering graduates. Employers prize excellent written and oral abilities and literacy proficiency. High levels of academic literacy can significantly improve students' success in their university study. Traditional approaches to literacy improvement can limit stu...
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The purpose of this chapter is to critically interrogate ideas about “choice” and higher education as they are framed in second modernity societies. We argue that “choice” is a Foucauldian-type of problematization, or a key aspect of the social world that, despite appearing to be a common sense norm, is riddled with uncertainty. We demonstrate how...
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The preceding chapters have demonstrated that widening participation (WP) is both an important and a complex issue, and it presents an enduring problematic for improving equity of access and success for people worldwide. This chapter highlights important aspects identified by contributors, not only in terms of outlining the important aspects of WP...
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This study compared pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their professional competencies at two campuses of a large regional teacher education university, where one campus provided students 22% more hours of professional placement in schools and related educational settings. Students who had experienced more hours in schools and such settings were...
Technical Report
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Recent government objectives aimed at increasing student enrolment from non-traditional backgrounds has led to a broadening of the university student enrolment base. The profile of the university student population has diversified, and diversification is likely to continue. Diverse student groups may include, but are not limited to: Students from...
Conference Paper
This presentation will outline the experiences of the author in undertaking a study that used focused ethnography in two hospital settings. The research was designed to explore the practices of registered nurses when assessing and managing pain in older people in an clinical setting on eight acute care (Medical and surgical) wards in two tertiary r...
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Recent Australian government targets for higher education participation have produced a flurry of activity focused on raising the aspirations of students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds. In this paper we test two key assumptions underpinning much of this activity: that students from low-SES backgrounds hold lower career aspirations;...
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Objectives This study was designed to elucidate why students from backgrounds of lower socio-economic status (SES) and who may be first in their family (FIF) to enter university continue to be under-represented in medical schools.Methods Academically able high school students (n = 33) from a range of socio-economic backgrounds participated in focus...
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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to explore the relatively hidden phenomenon of researchers who not only study dirty work but who also occupy the position of dirty workers. Drawing on the sociological debate on insider-outsider categories in research, this paper describes how these types of "dirty work/er researchers" understand and negotiate...
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Background: There is little health specific literature on returning nurses with injuries to work despite the high incidence of injuries and the workforce shortages of these professionals. Objective: To identify enabling factors and barriers to return-to-work for nurses with injuries from the perspective of return-to-work coordinators. Participa...
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Objective To identify the types of clinical prediction rules (CPRs) for low back pain (LBP) that Australian physiotherapists wish to see developed and the characteristics of LBP CPRs that physiotherapists believe are important. Design Qualitative study using semi-structured focus groups. Setting Metropolitan and regional areas of New South Wales,...
Poster
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Strategies designed to increase the participation of youth from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in higher education in Australia have had little impact. In order to investigate social influences on the emerging aspirations of students in the middle years, we use a ‘composite capital construct’ utilizing the theories of Bourdieu (1986) an...
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Although the first-generation and first-in-family status (FIF) of university students has been of intense interest in the USA, it has received very little consideration in Australia. The present research redressed this imbalance by investigating the academic outcomes of FIF undergraduate students at a large, public, Australian university. Undergrad...
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Purpose The massification of higher education is a definitive feature of the late twentieth century. Widening Participation (WP) policy is a recent manifestation of this phenomenon in Britain and Australia. This article uses Foucauldian discourse analysis to identify two subject positions within Australian WP higher education policy, those of the c...
Conference Paper
Current government policies are focussed on increasing the participation rates of disadvantaged groups in higher education (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent & Scales, 2008). The successful deployment of these policies requires the alignment of school students' career and educational aspirations as they move toward post-school opportunities. Most empirical s...
Presentation
Current government policies are focussed on increasing the participation rates of disadvantaged groups in higher education (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent & Scales, 2008). The successful deployment of these policies requires the alignment of school students' career and educational aspirations as they move toward post-school opportunities. Most empirical s...
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Clinical Prediction Rules (CPRs) have been developed to assist in the physiotherapy management of low back pain (LBP) although little is known about the factors that may influence their implementation in clinical practice. This study used qualitative research methodology to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices/behaviours of physiotherapis...
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Professional experience in teacher education is explored through the conceptual lens of the wicked problem. Wicked problems are socially constructed and complex. This paper outlines what is at stake in the framing of the problem of professional experience and how constructions of the problem make it difficult to find enduring solutions. The tactica...
Chapter
The economic and human costs to industry from workplace injury are substantial. Whilst there is priority to prevent injury, more recently attention has also been placed on the processes and systems that best return injured workers back to the workplace in a safe, timely and sustainable manner. The benefits of returning injured workers to work are w...
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Feminism has long concerned itself with the conditions under which knowledge is produced. Poststructural feminism has focused on the problem of working within and against the foundational categories of knowledge such as voice, authenticity and agency. This chapter examines the benefits of an empirical approach to working with and against foundation...
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Few studies have examined the return-to-work process for nurses who are injured at work. The purpose of this study was to identify the factors that facilitate or impede the successful return to work of nurses who have sustained a workplace injury from the perspective of return-to-work coordinators. A qualitative, descriptive study was conducted and...