Doctor Son Truong

Doctor Son Truong

Senior Lecturer,
Secondary Education (SoE)

Biography

Education & Qualifications

PhD (University of Alberta); Postgrad Cert. in International Development (University of East London); MA (University of Alberta); BSc (Dalhousie University)

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS ID 66121); RYT

Bio

Dr. Son Truong lectures in Health and Physical Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy) in the School of Education, and is a member of the Sustainability Research Team in the Centre for Educational Research, at Western Sydney University (WSU). Son is a former Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Scholar. His research includes a number of individual and collaborative projects, bridging research interests in children’s play, wellbeing, and environments, and internationalisation in higher education.

Teaching

Son is a recognised educator, receiving the 2009 Leadership in Internationalisation Award from the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and in 2015, he was awarded a Western Sydney University Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He currently lectures in the Master of Teaching Primary School and Early Childhood Programs, and supervises postgraduate research students.

Research

Over the past five years, he has been successful in receiving three competitive Western Sydney University research grants, as well as four externally funded grants on collaborative projects, totaling over $360,000. Examples of projects include: the Rouse Hill Child Friendly Play Space project; the overseas study and service-learning EPITOME project; a book entitled Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times; the wellbeing of students through outdoor learning and Acceptance Commitment Therapy study; and a current study funded by the Royal Botanic Gardens on the impact of community gardens on personal and community wellbeing.

International Engagement

Son serves as the School of Education’s Overseas Professional Experience Program (OPEP) Coordinator. He has been leading international engagement projects for over 15 years, and since joining Western Sydney has recently been successful with OPEP in securing ten New Colombo Plan and Endeavour Mobility grants to support overseas practicum experiences for School of Education undergraduate and postgraduate students, totaling over $374,000.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Truong.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Alberta (Canada)
  • MA University of Alberta (Canada)
  • BSc Rec Dalhousie University

Professional Memberships

  • ACHPER/Australia (Australian Council for Health, PE and Recreation) (2012)
  • Australian Association for Environmental Education (2014)
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (2015)
  • Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (2017)
  • International Education Association of Australia (2016)

Awards

  • Dissertation Fellowship (University of Alberta) 2010-05-01
  • Western Sydney University Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2015-12-01
  • Leadership in Internationalization Award, Canadian Bureau for International Education 2009-09-01
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada 2007-05-01
  • Dalhousie University Alumni Association Medal, Dalhousie University 2002-06-01
  • University Medal, Dalhousie University 2002-06-01

Interests

  • health, wellbeing, environments
  • Participatory Action Research (PAR), qualitative methods, participatory photography, and photo-elicitation
  • global education and international service-learning
  • outdoor and environmental education
  • teacher education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Secondary Education (SoE)

Committees

  • School of Education Overseas Professional Experience Program

Contact

Email: S.Truong@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6220
Mobile:
Location: 4.G.24
Bankstown
Website:

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 102157 Ecopedagogies

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101576 Primary Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE), 2012
  • 102048 Contemporary Childhoods, 2015
  • 102072 Primary Health and Physical Education, 2015

Publications

Books

  • Malone, K., Truong, S. and Gray, T. (2017), 'Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times', : Springer 9789811025488.

Chapters in Books

  • Gray, T., Downey, G., Jones, B., Truong, S., Hall, T. and Power, A. (2018), 'Generating and deepening reflection whilst studying abroad : incorporating photo elicitation in transformative travel', The Globalisation of Higher Education: Developing Internationalised Education Research and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319745787.
  • Truong, S., Gray, T., Downey, G., Jones, B., Power, A. and Hall, T. (2018), 'From one songline to another : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' study tour journey of Indigenous connection and solidarity', The Globalisation of Higher Education: Developing Internationalised Education Research and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319745787.
  • Gray, T., Hall, T., Downey, G., Jones, B., Truong, S. and Power, A. (2018), 'The epitome of transformation : enhancing outbound mobility experiences in the twenty-first century', The Globalisation of Higher Education: Developing Internationalised Education Research and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319745787.
  • Malone, K. and Truong, S. (2017), 'Sustainability, education, and anthropocentric precarity', Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times, Springer 9789811025488.
  • Truong, S. (2017), 'Expanding curriculum pathways between Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Health and Physical Education (HPE)', Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times, Springer 9789811025488.
  • Truong, S. (2015), 'Pre-service teacher identities and the social construction of childhood', Understanding Sociological Theory for Educational Practices, Cambridge University Press 9781107477469.

Journal Articles

  • Lloyd, A., Gray, T. and Truong, S. (2018), 'Seeing what children see : enhancing understanding of outdoor learning experiences through body-worn cameras', Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, vol 10, no 1 , pp 52 - 66.
  • Lloyd, A., Truong, S. and Gray, T. (2018), 'Place-based outdoor learning : more than a drag and drop approach', Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, vol 21, no 1 , pp 45 - 60.
  • Power, A., Truong, S., Gray, T., Downey, G., Hall, T. and Jones, B. (2017), 'When outbound mobility programs and service learning align in pre-service teacher education', Asia Pacific Education Review, vol 18, no 3 , pp 401 - 412.
  • Breault-Hood, J., Gray, T., Truong, S. and Ullman, J. (2017), 'Women and girls in outdoor education : scoping the research literature and exploring prospects for future body image enquiry', Research in Outdoor Education, vol 15 , pp 21 - 46.
  • Hall, T., Gray, T., Downey, G., Sheringham, C., Jones, B., Power, A. and Truong, S. (2016), 'Jafari and transformation : a model to enhance short-term overseas study tours', Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, vol 27 , pp 33 - 46.
  • Jones, B., Power, A., Gray, T., Downey, G., Hall, T. and Truong, S. (2016), 'If you build it, they may not come : why Australian university students do not take part in outbound mobility experiences', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 13, no 3 .
  • Truong, S., Gray, T. and Ward, K. (2016), '"Sowing and growing" life skills through garden-based learning to reengage disengaged youth', LEARNing Landscapes, vol 10, no 1 , pp 361 - 385.
  • Truong, S. and Mahon, M. (2012), 'Through the lens of participatory photography : engaging Thai children in research about their community play centre', International Journal of Play, vol 1 , pp 75 - 90.

Conference Papers

  • Truong, S. (2017), 'An experiential exploration of the mindfulness-nature-wellbeing connection', Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy. Forum, Romsey, Vic..
  • Meyer, A., Gray, T. and Truong, S. (2017), 'Experiential approaches to creating a new narrative on research and evaluation with indigenous people', Symposium on Experiential Education Research, Montreal, Canada.
  • Lloyd, A., Truong, S. and Gray, T. (2016), 'Beyond the walls : within the curriculum : exploring the niche position of place-based outdoor learning for primary schools', International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Unama?ki/Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Lloyd, A., Gray, T. and Truong, S. (2016), 'Seeing what they see : exploring the potential of GoPro video cameras in outdoor research with children', International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Unama?ki/Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Breault-Hood, J., Gray, T., Truong, S. and Ullman, J. (2016), 'The impact of outdoor education on the body image and self-efficacy of adolescent girls', International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Unama?ki/Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Gray, T., Hall, T., Jones, B., Truong, S., Power, A., Sheringham, C., Bailey, P. and Downey, G. (2016), 'Enhancing programs to integrate tertiary outbound mobility experiences (EPITOME)', Developing Global Perspectives Symposium, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Truong, S. and Gray, T. (2016), 'Indigenous connectivity : Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students' journeys to Canada for study abroad', Australian International Education Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Truong, S., Gray, T. and Ward, K. (2016), ''Sowing and growing' life skills through garden-based learning to re-engage disengaged youth', National Outdoor Education Conference, Sunshine Coast, Qld..
  • Truong, S. (2016), 'Embodied teaching and learning : exploring the mindfulness-nature-wellbeing connection', National Outdoor Education Conference, Sunshine Coast, Qld..
  • Power, A., Truong, S. and Sheringham, C. (2016), 'Intersections of outbound mobility experiences, WIL, and employability', Australian Collaborative Education Network. National Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Truong, S. (2015), ''Stepping out of the comfort zone' : pre-service teachers' reflections on international service-learning', Asian Conference on Education, Kobe, Japan.
  • Truong, S. and Crowe, H. (2015), 'Striving for deeper impact in tertiary education through international service-learning in adapted physical activity', Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Truong, S. (2015), 'Disrupting childhood? : breaking the cycle of silence around sexuality education in primary schools', Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health National Conference, Parramatter, N.S.W..
  • Arthur, L., Ward, K., Cardona, B., Staples, K. and Truong, S. (2015), 'Professional identities : contested discourses', European Early Childhood Education Research Association. Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Truong, S. (2014), 'Pathways and possibilities for sustainability education in the primary health and physical education curriculum', Australian Association for Environmental Education. Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Truong, S. (2014), 'Exploring children's active play through place-based methodology', AIESEP World Conference, Auckland, N.Z..
  • Truong, S. (2013), 'Exploring the rural-urban divide : child friendly play and participation for Bangkok's most vulnerable children', International Conference on Child Friendly Cities, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'The Impact of Royal Botanic Gardens' Community Greening Program on Perceived Health, Wellbeing, and Social Benefits in Social Housing Communities in NSW', Research Report
  • 2018, 'ACT in the Outdoors: A Program Based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Adventure Therapy: Facilitator Manual', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Fostering the Wellbeing of Students With Challenging Behaviour and/or Emotional Needs Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Outdoor Learning', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Enhancing Programmes Integrating Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences (EPITOME): Final Report 2016', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Enhancing Programs to Integrate Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences (EPITOME) - Final Report 2016', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Researching Children's Designs for a Child Friendly Play Space at Rouse Hill Town Centre', Research Report

Additional Research Projects & Grants: year, title, funding body, team

2017

The impact of Royal Botanic Gardens’ Community Greening program on perceived health, wellbeing and social benefits in social housing communities in NSW

Royal Botanic Gardens

Gray, Tracey, Truong, & Ward

2017

Australian professional identity in Therapeutic Recreation: Exploring perspectives from the field

School of Education Partnership Grant

Truong & Peel

2015

Impact and pedagogical innovation in international service-learning in higher education

Western Sydney University ECR Research Support Award

Truong

2014

Researching professional identity in early childhood education

School of Education Research Grant

Woodrow, Arthur, Ward, Truong, & Staples

This information has been contributed by Doctor Truong.

Current Projects

Title: Teachers' beliefs and current practices of teaching speaking skills to non-English major students at Vietnamese Universities
Funder:
  • Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
Western Researchers: Son Truong and Jinghe Han
Years: 2017-03-01 - 2020-02-28
ID: P00023882

Previous Projects

Title: Child-friendly play spaces in Rouse Hill Town Centre
Funder:
  • GPT Funds Management 2 Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Karen Malone, Son Truong and Kumara Ward
Years: 2013-12-19 - 2014-04-30
ID: P00021864
Title: The impact of Royal Botanic Gardens' Community Greening program on perceived health, wellbeing, and social benefits in social housing communities in NSW
Funder:
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Western Researchers: Son Truong, Tonia Gray, Kumara Ward and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2017-05-01 - 2018-04-30
ID: P00024002
Title: Enhancing Programmes to Integrate Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences (EPITOME)
Funder:
  • Department of Education and Training (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Tim Hall, Tonia Gray, Anne Power and Son Truong
Years: 2014-12-04 - 2017-01-06
ID: P00022544
Title: Fostering the wellbeing of students with challenging behaviour and/or emotional needs through Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Funder:
  • Lomandra School
Western Researchers: Tonia Gray, Danielle Tracey, Son Truong and Kumara Ward
Years: 2016-09-02 - 2017-04-30
ID: P00023621
Title: A photo-elicitation pilot study on children's views of play opportunities in Greater Western Sydney
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Son Truong and Christine Woodrow
Years: 2012-10-24 - 2014-03-31
ID: P00021132

Supervision

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

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Why are boys not into school? Measuring boys' engagement with school and its contributing factors
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Outdoor Education as a Frame for Motivation Training Programs
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An Exploration of Student Centered Teaching Pedagogy to Making Chinese Learnable: A Teacher Action Research Project
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Investigation the Status of Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in Vietnam: a Study of Opportunities and Barriers
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Teachers' beliefs and current practices of teaching speaking skills to non-English major students at Vietnamese Universities
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Impact of Outdoor Education on the Body Image and Self-Concept of Adolescent Females
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The impact of the integration of technology in the classroom to increase obtained and enhance self-learning for students of secondary schools in Saudi Arabia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Implementation of Conservation Education Programs at the Taronga Zoo
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Identity, Investment and Chinese as a Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: A Qualitative Study at an Australian Secondary School.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Placed-based Outdoor Learning Enriching Curriculum: A Case Study in an Australian Primary School
Field of Research: Curriculum Studies; Other Education; Education Studies
Thesis Title: Identifying the Challenges of Autonomous Learning among International Master of Research Students in Western Sydney University
Field of Research: Education
Thesis Title: Bush Tracks And Backyards: Intergenerational Changes and Challenges for Children Claiming Play Spaces.
Field of Research: Teacher Education Not Elsewhere Classified

Media

Title: Disrupting childhood? Breaking the cycle of silence around sexuality education in primary schools
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