Kim Beasy

Kim Beasy
University of Tasmania · Faculty of Education

Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy (Equity and Diversity)

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Introduction
Kim is an active researcher across curriculum and pedagogic areas and is involved with a number of research projects, including formal and informal sustainability education and LGBTI-inclusive practices in schools and investigating the value in diverse professional development opportunities for teachers. She is Chair of the Education for Sustainability Tasmania Network (a UN recognised regional centre of expertise) and actively involved in community projects that encourage sustainability in the community and inclusive education in schools.
Additional affiliations
February 2011 - December 2012
University of Tasmania
Position
  • First Year Geography Workshop Coordinator

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Publications (37)
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The AAEE 2014 research symposium in Hobart provided a privileged space for researchers and practitioners within environmental education and sustainability education (EE/SE) to come together and create dialogues about education for sustainability research. This essay is a critical reflection from postgraduate researchers about the symposium and the...
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Australia, like many other places in the world, is significantly investing in hydrogen technologies. In this perspective piece, I discuss how the socio-political context has shaped, and is continuing to influence, the approach to advancing a hydrogen economy in Australia. I detail the historical events that have influenced Australia's ambitions of...
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This paper presents findings from an exploratory project investigating industry assumptions of community perspectives of hydrogen technologies, and how they converge with those reported by community in an Australian context. Using inductive thematic analysis, 89 publicly-available submissions received in 2019 for the National Hydrogen Strategy and...
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Inclusive school environments have been shown to improve educational outcomes, retention, mental health and overall wellbeing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. Anti-bullying approaches have been common strategies used in schools to promote safety for all students, yet a well-established critique among...
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In this essay, as a group of teacher educators, we discuss our experience of “walking the walk” of teacher education transformation at a time of urgent change. We reflect upon our process of integrating three key priorities in our preservice teacher education courses: education for sustainability; trauma-informed practice; and Indigenizing curricul...
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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is now a global crisis, resulting in the intermittent closure of many schools, worldwide. The school closures are believed to have affected adolescents’ education, particularly for vulnerable adolescents including those from a refugee-background. The study explores the home learning experiences of adolescent Bhut...
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IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON REFUGEE-BACKGROUND STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL SHUT DOWN IN AUSTRALIA: A CALL FOR ACTION NABARAJ MUDWARI, MONICA CUSKELLY, CAROL MURPHY, KIM BEASY & NIRMAL ARYAL2 University of Tasmania Australia Bournemouth University2 England Abstract The majority of schools across Australia rapidly implemented online education during the first...
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During the COVID‐19 lockdown, parents and caregivers were asked to take greater responsibility for their children's education while they were unable to attend school. In this commentary, we report on data sourced from 243 participants in the Tasmania Project in Australia about their experiences of learning from home during COVID‐19 lockdown. We eng...
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Education for Sustainable Development aims to empower future generations to address current global environmental threats, though it faces challenges to implementation often linked to narrow perceptions of sustainability. To observe such changes in practice and draw their implications for ESD, we explore the effects of COVID-19 in perspectives and p...
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Sustainability is a ubiquitous term today and one that is central to key environmental and social policy discussions relating to the most pressing questions faced in contemporary societies. In this paper we argue that sustainability needs to be understood in relation to social space. We do so by engaging with Pierre Bourdieu’s thinking tools as wel...
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Parents and carers were responsible for overseeing their children’s learning during the first wave of COVID restrictions in Australia. Many parents in Melbourne and some in regional Victoria will still be doing this for some of term four. We surveyed and interviewed parents and carers of primary school-aged children in Queensland, Tasmania, Victori...
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Exploring the impact of the Sustainable Schools Network in Education for Sustainability This study documented the ‘Sustainable Schools Network 2020 Sustainability Symposium: Igniting Souls, Inspiring Change’ online event and considered the impacts of the partnerships, networking and mentoring opportunities such multi-stakeholde...
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Key Findings: Respondents with primary school children consistently found learning from home more impractical than those supporting either younger or older children. Essential work commitments were most influential in respondents’ perceptions of the practicality of supporting their children’s learning. Respondents working from home found it diff...
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Parents perspectives on home learning in Australia during lock down.
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We are four education researchers who each have particular relationships with the island state of Tasmania in Australia. Tasmania is a place shaped by untold generations of Aboriginal peoples who hunted, gathered and tended the land as its custodians before being reshaped by confluences and intersections of European colonial desire and geopolitical...
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Sustainability, conceptualised as the integration of economic, social and environmental values, is the 21 st century imperative that demands that governments, business and civil society actors improve their existing performance, yet improvement has been highly fragmented and unacceptably slow. One explanation for this is the lack of diversity on th...
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Preparing teachers to support diverse learners to succeed in school is pivotal in addressing inequalities in society. This qualitative study investigated the ways in which future teachers developed their understanding of diversity and inclusion in one course in an Australian teacher education programme. This study analysed students’ learning using...
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Candidate wellbeing is recognised as a continual challenge for doctoral programs, with government mandates requiring an institutional response. This article explores the experiences of candidates undertaking intensive writing sessions (‘Write-Ins’) and their influence on their wellbeing. Exploratory findings demonstrate opportunities for Write-In m...
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The Sustainable Development Goals compel universities to engage in locally relevant Education for Sustainability (EfS) partnerships with communities. In Tasmania, student researchers in education are engaging with schools to support sustainability collaborations in communities. This paper showcases a collaborative community platform that has enable...
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Critical discourses of sustainability challenge modern rhetoric of economic growth and challenge current modes of social development. Yet sustainability discourses are shaped predominantly by the perspectives and interests of middle-class, tertiary-educated urban policy makers or environmentalists, and have insufficiently engaged people beyond thes...
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The number of students undertaking PhD studies is growing substantially; however, recent research indicates that doctoral students experience poor wellbeing outcomes during candidature. A study of doctoral student experiences at a regional Australian university (n = 222) explored some of the challenges that PhD students experience during their stud...
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With the growing acceptance and normalisation of same-sex attraction in the West, scholars from a range of fields have documented a ‘post-gay’ shift, or a decline in the significance of sexual identity labels among youth. Despite this shift, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) youth continue to experience discrimination...
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Australian and international research consistently indicates that inclusive school cultures improve the educational outcomes and health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students. Little is known, however, about how Tasmanian school staff are supporting LGBTI students or the needs of teachers and school staff...
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This report brings together available data on indicators of wellbeing for children in Launceston and where possible, surrounding areas. The state of Launceston Children’s report series aims to benchmark current wellbeing of children living in Launceston; to identify and utilise data to better inform service delivery and development for children’s s...
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Contribution The numbers of students undertaking PhD studies at universities is growing substantially, however recent research indicates that doctoral candidates experience poor wellbeing outcomes during their studies. Data from the UK suggests that over 40 per cent of postgraduate students report symptoms of depression, emotion-related concerns, o...
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What is an appropriate structure for reporting a study exploring how sustainability is interpreted and embodied across diverse social contexts when following an interpretive paradigm and using a hermeneutical approach?
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Critical discourses of sustainability challenge modern rhetoric of economic growth and challenge current modes of social development. Yet sustainability discourses are shaped predominantly by the perspectives and interests of middle class, tertiary educated, urban policy makers or environmentalists and have insufficiently engaged people beyond thes...
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Carbon sequestration values of wetlands are greatest in their sediments. Northern hemisphere research dominates the earlier saltmarsh carbon sequestration literature, recently augmented by analyses across mainland Australia where species assemblages, catchment histories and environmental settings differ. No previous assessment has been made for Tas...
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Graduate students are often plagued by stress and anxiety in their journeys of becoming researchers. Concerned by the prevalence of poor graduate student wellbeing in Australia, we share our experiences of kin-making and collaboration within #aaeeer (Australasian Association for Environmental Education Emerging Researchers), a collective of graduat...
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The University of Tasmania with the assistance of Awake Consulting distributed an online sustainability survey in early 2016. The survey captured the voices of both staff and students with targeted surveys developed for each cohort. This paper will present on the methodology underpinning the design, the aims and intentions of the survey and conside...
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The way that people perceive of the future influences their actions in the present. Literature suggests that often people have hopes for their own personal futures, for example their family and career aspirations, yet remain pessimistic about a collective future both at the local and global scale (Hicks and Holden, 1995). This paper considers the i...
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Geospatial technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), Global Positioning System devices (GPS), interactive maps and virtual globes, offer a range of meaningful, accessible and authentic opportunities for geography education within the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) classroom. They also offer an opportunity to promote h...
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With the increasing need to accurately quantify carbon sinks of coastal wetlands, this study compares three methods in use. Sediment cores (n = 4) were collected from three salt marsh sites of the Rubicon Estuary, Tasmania Australia and analysed for organic carbon using three methods for measuring soil C concentration. The first method of elemental...

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Particularly interested in thoughts related to contemporary ethnography and ethnographies that draw on other methodologies - for instance, phenomenology
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I first read about sense of place through Bourdieu's work and am now interested in learning more...It seems like a really useful theory to assist in exploring perceived power and agency.

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This project investigates what is at the heart of potentially transformative understandings of diversity and inclusion for future teachers/ knowledge of diversity and practices that facilitate inclusion. We use threshold concept theory (2006) as a lens for studying how teachers construe inclusive practice. We explore how knowledge about understandings of threshold concepts may afford opportunities for teachers to think anew about diversity and inclusion, about themselves as teachers, and what this means for school education.