Doctor Geoff Munns

Doctor Geoff Munns

Adjunct Associate Professor,
Dean's Unit - School Of Education

Biography

Geoff Munns researches into ways to improve student engagement and educational outcomes for educationally disadvantaged students, including those from Indigenous backgrounds. Before working at the University of Western Sydney, Geoff had 25 years' experience in schools serving poor communities as a classroom teacher, school executive and principal. As a university researcher he has continued this strongly focused commitment to making schools and classrooms more engaging and productive for poor students

This information has been contributed by Doctor Munns.

Qualifications

  • BA University of New England
  • MLitt University of New England
  • MEd University of New England
  • PhD University of New England

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School Of Education

Contact

Email: G.Munns@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: n/a
6449
Mobile:
Location: 1
Bankstown4.1.17
Bankstown
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Sawyer, W., Munns, G., Zammit, K., Attard, C., Vass, E. and Hatton, C. (2018), 'Engaging Schooling: Developing Exemplary Education for Students in Poverty', : Routledge 9781138673519.
  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Brennan, M., Mcfadden, M., Mitchell, J. and Munns, G. (2009), 'Secondary Schooling in a Changing World', : Cengage Learning Australia Pty Limited 9780170136082.

Chapters in Books

  • Sawyer, W. and Munns, G. (2019), 'Alternative messages of hope : pedagogies, consensus and a fairer go', Confronting Educational Policy in Neoliberal Times: International Perspectives, Routledge 9781138556157.
  • Sawyer, W., Callow, J., Munns, G. and Zammit, K. (2013), 'What exemplary teachers do', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty: The Fair Go Team, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Munns, G., Hatton, C. and Gilbert, S. (2013), 'Teaching in low socio-economic status communities ', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Munns, G. (2013), 'Learning and behaviour', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Munns, G., Hertzberg, M., Mooney, M. and Zammit, K. (2013), 'Introducing four of the teachers', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Munns, G. and Sawyer, W. (2013), 'Student engagement : the research methodology and the theory', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Arthur, L., Callow, J., Cole, B., Gilbert, S., Hatton, C., Hertzberg, M., Mooney, M., Munns, G., Nanlohy, P., Orlando, J., Pares, L., Power, A., Sawyer, W., Vozzo, L. and Zammit, K. (2013), 'A new Monday morning and beyond', Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, Routledge 9780415531566.
  • Munns, G. and Martin, A. (2013), 'Me, my classroom, my school: a mixed methods approach to the meE Framework of motivation, engagement, and academic development', Advancing Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Educational Psychology : A Festschrift for Dennis M. McInerney, Information Age Publishing 9781623963866.
  • Byrne, M. and Munns, G. (2012), 'From the big picture to the individual student : the importance of the classroom relationship', Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, University of Western Australia Publishing 9781742583891.
  • Munns, G., Arthur, L., Hertzberg, M., Sawyer, W. and Zammit, K. (2012), 'A fair go for students in poverty : Australia', Changing Schools: Alternative Ways to Make a World of Difference, Routledge 9780415558600.
  • Munns, G. (2012), 'Thinking the unthinkable : teachers who engage students in poverty : "In this class you can imagine..."', Student Engagement in Urban Schools: Beyond Neoliberal Discourses, Information Age 9781617357329.
  • Munns, G. (2011), 'Closing the gap', Teaching Aboriginal Studies; A practical resource for primary and secondary teaching, Allen & Unwin 9781741754759.
  • Munns, G., Lawson, J., O'Brian, M. and Johnson, K. (2006), 'Student engagement and the Fair Go Project', School is for me: Pathways to student engagement, NSW Department of Education and Training 0731384431.
  • Munns, G., Woodward, H. and Koletti, J. (2006), 'Engagement and student self-assessment', School is for me: Pathways to student engagement, NSW Department of Education and Training 0731384431.
  • Simpson, L., Mcfadden, M. and Munns, G. (2001), 'Someone has to go through: Indigenous boys, staying on at school and negotiating masculinities', What About The Boys? Issues of Masculinity in Schools, Open University Press 0335206247.

Journal Articles

  • Magson, N., Craven, R., Munns, G. and Yeung, A. (2016), 'It is risky business : can social capital reduce risk-taking behaviours among disadvantaged youth?', Journal of Youth Studies, vol 19, no 05 , pp 569 - 592.
  • Munns, G., O'Rourke, V. and Bodkin-Andrews, G. (2013), 'Seeding success : schools that work for Aboriginal students', Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol 42, no 1 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Munns, G., Martin, A. and Craven, R. (2008), 'To Free the Spirit? Motivation and Engagement of Indigenous Students', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol 37 , pp 98 - 107.
  • Munns, G., Zammit, K. and Woodward, H. (2008), 'Reflections from the riot zone: The Fair Go Project and student engagement in a besieged community', Journal of Children & Poverty, vol 14, no 2 , pp 157 - 171.
  • Munns, G. (2007), 'A sense of wonder : pedagogies to engage students who live in poverty', International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol 11, no 3 , pp 301 - 315.
  • Munns, G. and Woodward, H. (2006), 'Student engagement and student self-assessment: the REAL framework', Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, vol 13, no 2 , pp 193 - 213.
  • Sinclair, C., Munns, G. and Woodward, H. (2005), 'Get real: making problematic the pathway into the teaching profession', Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol 33 , pp 209 - 222.
  • Munns, G. (2005), 'School as a cubbyhouse: Tensions between intent and practice in classroom curriculum', Curriculum Perspectives, vol 25 , pp 1 - 12.
  • Munns, G., Lawson, J. and Mootz, D. (2003), 'Aboriginal Students and New Literacies', Journal of the Aboriginal Studies Association, vol 12 , pp 145 - 153.
  • Parente, A., Craven, R. and Munns, G. (2003), 'What Do Indigenous Students say about Their Aspirations', Journal of the Aboriginal Studies Association, vol 12 , pp 11 - 22.
  • Mcfadden, M. and Munns, G. (2002), 'Student Engagement and the Social Relations of Pedagogy', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol 23, no 3 , pp 357 - 366.

Conference Papers

  • O'Rourke, V., Craven, R., Yeung, A. and Munns, G. (2009), 'Closing the educational gap for Aboriginal primary students in low density schools?: A multi-method longitudinal analysis elucidating impact of inclusive practices', The Australian Association for Research in Education Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane.
  • Munns, G. and Martin, A. (2006), 'It's all about MeE: A motivation and engagement framework', Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE - 2005), UWS Parramatta Campus.
  • Wray, D., Craven, R. and Munns, G. (2006), 'Making the Grade: The Impact of Policy on the HSC Aboriginal Studies Course', Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE - 2005), UWS Parramatta Campus.
  • Munns, G., Martin, A. and Craven, R. (2006), 'Crossing the Great Divide: The Motivation and Engagement Framework in Action', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Munns, G., Martin, A. and Craven, R. (2006), 'What Can Free the Spirit? Motivating Indigenous Students to be Producers of their Own Educational Futures', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Martin, A., Craven, R. and Munns, G. (2006), 'Motivation and Engagement in Young Children : How Well Does a High School Conceptualization Generalize to Junior School', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Wray, D., Craven, R. and Munns, G. (2006), 'The Impact of the Higher School Certificate Aboriginal Studies Course: Aboriginal Students' Perceptions', Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE - 2005), UWS Parramatta Campus.
  • Ha, M., Craven, R., Martin, A. and Munns, G. (2006), 'The Relation of Self-concept to Desirable Educational Outcomes', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Nanlohy, P., Munns, G. and Craven, R. (2006), 'Exploring Student Engagement through Classroom Use of Hypermedia Authoring', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Nanlohy, P., Munns, G. and Craven, R. (2006), 'Is it the Media that Makes them Hyper? A Review of Literature at the Intersection ofStudent Hypermedia and Engagement', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Munns, G. (2006), 'Don't be afraid to achieve: What Teachers Say about Working with Aboriginal Students', Aboriginal Studies:Making the Connections, Bankstown Sydney.
  • Munns, G. (2004), 'You Say Motivation, I Say Engagement: Can We Work This Whole Thing Out', Third International Biennial SELF Research Conference - Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Where to from here, Berlin, Germany.
  • Wray, D., Craven, R. and Munns, G. (2004), 'Key Issues and Challenges in Higher School Certificate Aboriginal Studies', Third International Biennial SELF Research Conference - Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Where to from here, Berlin, Germany.
  • Wray, D., Craven, R. and Munns, G. (2004), 'The Value of Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies for Indigenous Students' Self-Concepts in NSW SecondaryySchools', Third International Biennial SELF Research Conference - Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Where to from here, Berlin, Germany.
  • Parente, A., Craven, R., Munns, G. and Marder, K. (2003), 'Indigenous Students Aspirations: An In Depth Analysis of Indigenous Students' Carreer Aspirations and Factors that Impact on their Formulation', Educational Research, Risks & Dilemmas, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Munns, G. and Parente, A. (2003), 'Because I stayed : Australian Indigenous Secondary School Students Who Remain at High School', Educational Research, Risks, & Dilemmas, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Munns, G., Sinclair, C. and Woodward, H. (2002), 'Preferred and actual realities: Concepts and practice in a final year teacher education program', Field-based Learning Conference, Strathfield, NSW.

Other Publications

  • 2012, 'Motivation and Engagement of Boys: Evidence-based Teaching Practices: A Report Submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (Main Report)', Report
  • 2012, 'Motivation and Engagement of Boys: Evidence-based Teaching Practices: A Report Submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (Appendices)', Report
  • 2010, 'Engaging Middle Years Boys in Rural Educational Settings', Report

Geoff Munns is a leader of the Fair Go Project that has been researching student engagement in low SES communities for 15 years.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Munns.

Previous Projects

Title: Widdin Pindari (Wirandjuri for 'remain on higher ground') Why would some Aboriginal post-compulsory students remain at secondary school?
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Geoff Munns
Years: 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-31
ID: P0012540
Title: Teachers For a Fair Go: A study of teachers who 'make a difference' to students in poverty
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Geoff Munns and Wayne Sawyer
Years: 2008-02-29 - 2012-11-30
ID: P0015674
Title: Engaging Middle Years Boys in Rural Educational Settings
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Geoff Munns, Wayne Sawyer, Bronwyn Cole, Mary Mooney, Anne Power and Katina Zammit
Years: 2007-09-01 - 2008-12-01
ID: P0015810
Title: Conditions for Success to Enhance Aboriginal Education
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Rhonda Craven and Geoff Munns
Years: 2008-01-01 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015671
Title: Seeding Success and Research-Based Intervention for Aboriginal Students: Impact of quality teaching, effective schools, and psycho-social drivers on educational outcomes
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Rhonda Craven, Geoff Munns, Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews and Nida Denson
Years: 2007-12-18 - 2013-12-30
ID: P0015473
Title: Motivation and engagement of boys: Evidence-based teaching practices
Funder:
  • Department of Education, Science and Training
Western Researchers: Toni Downes, Geoff Munns, Michael Singh, Wayne Sawyer, Robyn Gregson, Anne Power, Leonie Arthur, Shirley Gilbert, Judith Thistleton-Martin and Andrew Martin
Years: 2005-01-01 - 2005-11-01
ID: P0014520
Title: Fair Go Fair Share Fair Say Fair Content Pedagogies
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Geoff Munns and Kate Stevens
Years: 2001-10-25 - 2005-11-30
ID: P0010732
Title: Closing the educational gap for Aboriginal primary students in low density schools: A qualitative analysis of impact of culturally inclusive pedagogy
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Virginia O'Rourke, Rhonda Craven, Geoff Munns and Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2012-03-03
ID: P00017086
Title: Bridging the gap on locational disadvantage: Impact of community-identified interventions on social capital, psychosocial and socioeconomic outcomes
Funder:
  • The Benevolent Society
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Rhonda Craven, Geoff Munns and Tanya Meade
Years: 2010-04-27 - 2015-12-30
ID: P00017119
Title: Bridging the Gap: Developing Valid and Reliable Measures of Social Capital in Socially Disadvantaged Communities
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • The Benevolent Society
Western Researchers: Rhonda Craven, Tanya Meade and Geoff Munns
Years: 2008-06-25 - 2009-12-31
ID: P00016160
Title: A Documentation and Multi-Method Critical Analysis of Ngarabal and Biripi Elders' Perspectives and Experiences of Australian History.
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Rhonda Craven and Geoff Munns
Years: 2007-01-01 - 2013-12-30
ID: P0015247
Title: The Impact of (i) Technologies to Support Student Engagement with Mathematics in the Primary Classroom
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard and Geoff Munns
Years: 2011-09-13 - 2012-09-12
ID: P00020408

Supervision

Doctor Munns is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: To investigate Performing Arts Integration Pedagogy as a Tool for Student Engagement and the Improvement of Social and Academic Outcomes for Primary Students
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Conditions of Success to enhance educational outcomes for Aboriginal students.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Beyond Fabrication of Australia's History: A Documentation and Multi-Method, Critical Analysis of Ngarabal and Biripi Elders' Perspectives and Experiences of Australian History.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Show Me: Developing a Broader View of Visual Literacy in Education
Field of Research: Education
Thesis Title: A Critical Analysis of Core Aboriginal Studies Subjects in Primary Teacher Education Courses
Field of Research: Education
Thesis Title: HSC Aboriginal Studies: Strengths, Limitations, and Impact upon Aboriginal Students' Self-Concepts and Educational Outcomes
Field of Research: Curriculum And Education Studies
Thesis Title: The Socio-Economic and Psychological Determinants of Student Academic Outcomes in Papua New Guinea
Field of Research: Education
Thesis Title: THE STRUCTURAL AND CULTURAL DYNAMICS OF A MULTI-CAMPUS COLLEGE: A CASE STUDY INQUIRY OF FOUR MULTI-CAMPUS COLLEGES IN NEW SOUTH WALES
Field of Research: Education Studies
Thesis Title: Influences on Student Engagement with Mathematics during the Middle Years of Schooling
Field of Research: Education Studies
Thesis Title: Creating Socially Inclusive Communities: A Multi-Method Study Evaluating the Relations between Social Capital, Biopsychosocial Constructs, and Economic Outcomes in Disadvantaged Settings
Field of Research: Psychology; Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: Towards a Taxonomy: History Classrooms, Teachers and Students
Field of Research: Curriculum And Education Studies
Thesis Title: 'No Kid is an Island': The Gallery as a Classroom Space for Creativity, Student Engagement and the Bigger Pictures
Field of Research: Curriculum And Education Studies; Other Education

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