Doctor Katrina Barker

Doctor Katrina Barker

DAP - Primary Education,
Primary Education (SoE)

SENIOR LECTURER,
Primary Education (SoE)

Biography

Dr Katrina Barker is the Director of Academic Program for the Master of Teaching (Primary) course.  She received her PhD in Education from Western Sydney University in 2007. She is a multi-award-winning educator who she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2003 in Educational Psychology across the primary and secondary programs and has coordinated the research methods and design unit for the Honours students. Katrina's research focus links well to her teaching as it relates to student motivation, self-concept, classroom management, inclusive education, and school retention. Most of her research employs a mixed methods approach drawing upon sophisticated quantitative and qualitative analyses. Prior to being employed at Western Sydney University, Katrina completed a teaching degree and worked as a primary school teacher. Katrina is a member of the Marketing and Communications Technical Advisory Network for beyondblue’s NationalEducation Initiative.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Barker.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BTeach (Honours) University of Western Sydney, Macarthur
  • BTeach University of Western Sydney, Macarthur

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association for Research in Education (2008 - 2019)

Awards

  • UniJobs Australia Lecturer of the Year Award: UWS nominee 2008-12-23
  • Office of Learning and Teaching citation 2010-06-25
  • UniJobs Australia Lecturer of the Year Award: UWS nominee 2010-12-23
  • UWS College of Arts citation for outstanding contribution to student learning 2009-11-27
  • UniJobs Australia Lecturer of the Year Award: UWS nominee 2009-12-23
  • Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award, Teaching 2016-12-21

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Primary Education (SoE)
  • Primary Education (SoE)

Contact

Email: K.Barker@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
(02) 9772 6243
Mobile:
0414835752
Location: 4.1.19
Bankstown4.2.19
Bankstown
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101475 Education Research Methods and Design, 2014
  • 101511 Educational Psychology for Primary Teaching (AREP), 2014
  • 101613 Educational Psychology for Primary Teaching, 2014
  • 102077 Understanding and Teaching Children, 2015

Publications

Books

  • Whitton, D., Barker, K., Nosworthy, M., Humphries, J. and Sinclair, C. (2016), 'Learning for Teaching: Teaching for Learning', : Cengage 9780170263368.
  • Whitton, D., Sinclair, C., Barker, K., Nanlohy, P. and Nosworthy, M. (2004), 'Learning for teaching : Teaching for learning', : Thomson 0170122395.

Chapters in Books

  • Lee, F., Barker, K., Tracey, D. and Yeung, A. (2018), 'Towards inclusion in early childhood education : personal and environmental factors associated with teachers' resistance', Focus on Early Childhood Education, Nova 9781536129564.
  • Barker, K. and Vickers, M. (2018), 'Realigning young peoples' aspirations : triggers and processes', Resisting Educational Inequality: Reframing Policy and Practice in Schools Serving Vulnerable Communities, Routledge 9781138089303.
  • Lee, F., Yeung, A., Tracey, D., Barker, K. and Fan, J. (2015), 'Special education teachers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and teachers in inclusive and regular classrooms : differential views toward inclusive education', Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Information Age 9781623969998.
  • Power, A., Mooney, M., Barker, K., Dobia, B., Watson, K. and Yeung, A. (2008), 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: School-wide Student Behaviour Intervention in Western Sydney', Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Springer International Handbooks of Education, Volume 11 978-1-4020-1007-1.

Journal Articles

  • Karlsson, P., Johnston, C. and Barker, K. (2018), 'Influences on students' assistive technology use at school : the views of classroom teachers, allied health professionals, students with cerebral palsy and their parents', Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, vol 13, no 8 , pp 763 - 771.
  • Barker, K. (2018), 'Classroom management : effective strategies and interventions', Professional Voice: The Improvement Factor, vol 12, no 2 , pp 43 - 48.
  • Abraham, J. and Barker, K. (2018), '[In Press] Motivation and engagement with physics : a comparative study of females in single-sex and co-educational classrooms', Research in Science Education, .
  • Karlsson, P., Johnston, C. and Barker, K. (2017), 'Stakeholders' views of the introduction of assistive technology in the classroom : how family-centred is Australian practice for students with cerebral palsy?', Child: Care, Health and Development, vol 43, no 4 , pp 598 - 607.
  • Yeung, A., Craven, R., Mooney, M., Tracey, D., Barker, K., Power, A., Dobia, B., Chen, Z., Schofield, J., Whitefield, P. and Lewis, T. (2016), 'Positive behavior interventions : the issue of sustainability of positive effects', Educational Psychology Review, vol 28, no 1 , pp 145 - 170.
  • Lee, F., Yeung, A., Tracey, D. and Barker, K. (2015), 'Inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood education : what teacher characteristics matter', Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, vol 35, no 2 , pp 79 - 88.
  • Abraham, J. and Barker, K. (2015), 'An expectancy-value model for sustained enrolment intentions of senior secondary physics students', Research in Science Education, .
  • Lee, F., Yeung, A., Barker, K., Tracey, D. and Fan, J. (2015), 'Teacher perceptions of factors for successful inclusive early childhood education in Hong Kong', Australasian Journal of Special Education, vol 39, no 2 , pp 97 - 112.
  • Abraham, J. and Barker, K. (2015), 'Exploring gender difference in motivation, engagement and enrolment behaviour of senior secondary physics students in New South Wales', Research in Science Education, vol 45, no 1 , pp 59 - 73.
  • Lee, F., Tracey, D., Barker, K., Fan, J. and Yeung, A. (2014), 'What predicts teachers' acceptance of students with special educational needs in kindergarten?', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 14 , pp 60 - 70.
  • Abraham, J. and Barker, K. (2014), 'Sustaining young people's enrolment intentions in relation to physics : development and validation of a tool', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 14 , pp 93 - 116.
  • Vickers, M., Finger, L., Barker, K. and Bodkin-Andrews, G. (2014), 'Measuring the impact of students' social relations and values : validation of the Social-Relational Support for Education instrument', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 14 , pp 71 - 92.
  • Yeung, A., Barker, K., Tracey, D. and Mooney, M. (2013), 'School-wide positive behavior for learning : effects of dual focus on boys' and girls' behavior and motivation for learning', International Journal of Educational Research, vol 62 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Henstock, M., Barker, K. and Knijnik, J. (2013), '2, 6, heave! : sail training's influence on the development of self-concept and social networks and their impact on engagement with learning and education : a pilot study', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 17, no 1 , pp 32 - 46.
  • Yeung, A., Mooney, M., Barker, K. and Dobia, B. (2009), 'Does school-wide positive behaviour system improve learning in primary schools? Some preliminary findings', New Horizons in Education, vol 57, no 1 , pp 17 - 32.
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2002), 'Performance Approach, Performance Avoidance and Depth of Information Processing: A fresh look at relations between student's academic motivation and cognition', Educational Psychology, vol 22, no 5 , pp 571 - 589.

Conference Papers

  • Barker, K., Yeung, A., Craven, R., Ali, J., Mooney, M., Dobia, B., Power, A., Schofield, J. and Whitefield, P. (2013), 'Does positive behaviour facilitate self-concept or does positive self-concept facilitate behaviour?', International Biennial SELF Research Conference, Singapore.
  • Henstock, M., Barker, K. and Knijnik, J. (2013), 'Effects of sail training on engagement with learning and education', International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Otago, New Zealand.
  • Barker, K., Yeung, A., Dobia, B. and Mooney, M. (2009), 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: Differentiating Teachers' Self-Efficacy', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (AARE 2009), .
  • Barker, K., Dobia, B., Mooney, M., Watson, K., Power, A., Ha, T., Yeung, A., Schofield, J., McCloughan, G. and Denham, A. (2008), 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: Changing Student Behaviours for Sustainable Psychosocial Outcomes', Australian Association for Research in Education, International Education Reserach Conference, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.
  • Mooney, M., Watson, K., Dobia, B., Power, A., Barker, K., Ha, T., Yeung, A., McCloughan, G., McCloughan, G., Schofield, J. and Denham, A. (2008), 'Positive behaviour for learning : local features of an adapted US model of behaviour management', Australian Association for Research in Education, International Educatin Research Conference, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.
  • Mooney, M., Dobia, B., Power, A., Watson, K., Barker, K., Yeung, A., Denham, A., McCloughan, G. and Schofield, J. (2008), 'Why positive behaviour for learning : the how's and why's of translating a US model for local sustainable education', Australian Association for Research in Education, International Educatin Research Conference, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2007), 'Relations Between Students' Goal Orientations and Academic Self-concept: A More Comprehensive Model of Student Motivation', AARE 2006 Conference Adelaide, University of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • Barker, K. (2007), 'Students' Goals, Academic Self-concept and Academic Achievement: Testing Competing Models of Causation', AARE 2007 International Education Research Conference Research Impacts: Proving or Improving, Fremantle, WA., Australia.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2006), 'Effects Between Motivational Goals, Academic Self-Concept and Academic Achievement : What is the Causal Ordering', Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE - 2005), UWS Parramatta Campus.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2006), 'The First Step Toward Examining the Question: What Do Students' Motivational Goals and Self-Concept Have to Do With Academic Achievement', Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE - 2005), UWS Parramatta Campus.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2006), 'Specifying causal relations between students' goals and academic self-concept: An integrated structural model of student motivation', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2006), 'Unifying the Literature on Students' Academic Motivation: A Multidimensional andHierarchical Representation of Students' Goals and Academic Self-Concept', The Fourth International Biennial SELF Research Conference: Self-concept, Motivation, Social, and Personal Identity for the 21st Century, Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2004), 'Evolvement of students' goals and academic self-concept: A multidimensional and hierarchical conceptualisation', AARE 2004 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2004), 'Advances in the Conceptual Understanding of Students' Goals and Academic Self-Concept:A Multidimensional and Hierarchical Approach', Third International Biennial SELF Research Conference - Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Where to from here, Berlin, Germany.
  • Dowson, M., Barker, K. and Mcinerney, D. (2004), 'Who's on First?: Causal Ordering of Academic Self-Concept, Motivational Goals, and Achievement', Third International Biennial SELF Research Conference - Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Where to from here, Berlin, Germany.
  • Dowson, M., Barker, K. and Mcinerney, D. (2004), 'The Chicken or the Egg?: Exploring Causal Relations Between Motivational Goals, Self-Concept, and Academic Achievement', American Educational Research Association 2004 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA., USA.
  • Barker, K., Dowson, M. and Mcinerney, D. (2004), 'Advances in the Conceptual Understanding of Students' Goals and Academic Self-Concept:A Multidimensional and Hierarchical Approach', American Educational Research Association 2004 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA., USA.
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2004), 'Transcending students' achievement goals and academic self-concept: A multidimensional and hierarchical structure', Proceedings 3rd International Biennial Conference, Berlin.
  • Dowson, M., Barker, K. and Mcinerney, D. (2004), 'Causal Modelling of Academic Self-Concept, Motivational Goals, and Achievement', Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, USA.
  • Dowson, M., Barker, K. and Mcinerney, D. (2003), 'The Chicken and the Egg: Causal Ordering of Goals and Self-concept and its Effect on Academic Achievement', Educational Research, Risks & Dilemmas, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2003), 'Conceptualising Students' Goals and Self-concept as Multidimensional and Hierarchically Structured', Educational Research, Risks, & Dilemmas : NZARE, AARE Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Barker, K. and Mcinerney, D. (2003), 'Assessment of achievement motivation and academic self-concept: Results from longitudinal data', biennial European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, .
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2003), 'Toward a model of achievement motivation and academic achievement self-concept: Longitudinal analysis', Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, .
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2002), 'Toward a Model of Achievement Motivation and Academic Self-Concept', Self-Concept Research: Driving International Research Agendas, Sydney, Australia.
  • Barker, K., Mcinerney, D. and Dowson, M. (2002), 'Toward a model of achievement motivation and academic achievement self-concept', 2nd International Biennial Conference, UWS.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Staying on at School: Strategies for Increasing High School Completion Rates in Low Retention Regions of NSW', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S2 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S2 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012 S3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P4 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P4 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012 S3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2008, 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: Investigating the Transfer of a United States System into the New South Wales Department of Education and Training Western Sydney Region Schools: Report', Research Report

Current Projects

Title: Motivation in EFL classrooms: An investigation into Vietnamese high school teachers'
Funder:
  • Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
Western Researchers: Katrina Barker and Jessy Abraham
Years: 2018-03-05 - 2021-03-04
ID: P00025001
Title: Teachers supporting children with an incarcerated parent: Impact and applicability of an innovative teacher training program
Funder:
  • SHINE for Kids Co-operative Ltd
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Katrina Barker
Years: 2019-04-18 - 2020-01-31
ID: P00025757
Title: Resilient Families: Engaging parents in social-emotional learning curriculum for high school students in a community-based resilience program
Funder:
  • Social Ventures Australia
Western Researchers: Katrina Barker, Danielle Tracey and Jacqueline Ullman
Years: 2017-03-06 - 2020-02-28
ID: P00023824

Previous Projects

Title: Positive Behaviour for Learning: investigating the transfer of a US system into DET Western Sydney Region schools
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Western Researchers: Mary Mooney, Alexander Yeung, Brenda Dobia and Katrina Barker
Years: 2006-12-21 - 2009-10-30
ID: P0015348
Title: Improving PNG teacher training to advance inclusive education for students with disabilities
Funder:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Katrina Barker
Years: 2016-09-05 - 2017-12-02
ID: P00023517
Title: Enabling schooling success: Psycho-social drivers & impact of Positive Behaviour for Learning intervention on behaviour, well-being, academic engagement & achievement
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Margaret Vickers, Katrina Barker, Anne Power, Mary Mooney and Brenda Dobia
Years: 2009-07-14 - 2017-03-14
ID: P00016592
Title: Staying on at school: Learning from and for success
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Margaret Vickers and Katrina Barker
Years: 2008-07-25 - 2009-12-31
ID: P0016105
Title: Staying on at school: strategies for increasing high school completion rates in low-retention regions of NSW
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Margaret Vickers and Katrina Barker
Years: 2009-01-20 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00016198
Title: Play Positive Program to bolster the prosocial behaviour of young disadvantaged children
Funder:
  • Collier Charitable Fund
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Katrina Barker
Years: 2016-01-01 - 2017-02-28
ID: P00022909

Supervision

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

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Collaborative practices in primary schools for children with cerebral palsy who use assistive technology
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: "Second Chance" Education in Tafe NSW through "General Education" Programs
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Creating Divergent Thinkers in the Early Childhood Teacher Education Classroom: Brain Plasticity and Implications for Teacher Education and the Early Childhood Workforce
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Students' Understanding and Attitude in an Inquiry Based Physics Learning Environment
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Who Will Study HSC Physics? The Relationships Between Motivation, Engagement and Choice
Field of Research: Education Studies
Thesis Title: The Challenges and Unintended Impacts of the New School Leaving Age Policy in one Low Socio-Economic Status School in Australia
Field of Research: Other Education; Education Not Elsewhere Classified; Teacher Education: Secondary
Thesis Title: Inclusion or Illusion: A Mixed Methods Study of Pedagogical Practices to Enhance Pre-service Teachers' Preparedness for Contemporary Inclusive Teaching
Field of Research: Curriculum And Education Studies; Teacher Education; Other Education

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