Mrs Nolene Walker

Mrs Nolene Walker

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit - School Of Education

Lecturer,
Secondary Education (soe)

Biography

Nolene has extensive experience as an educator. From 2002-2010, she combined an academic role at UWS with her role as Assistant Principal with the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Currently, Nolene coordinates the secondary inclusive unit. She also teaches in the Master of Education program and was previously unit coordinator of the primary inclusive unit. She has been an early intervention teacher, primary and special education teacher, and itinerant support teacher ensuring the successful inclusion of students with disabilities to Higher School Certificate level. Nolene was an Executive Teacher of support classes and an Assistant Principal of inclusion programs with the DEC and specialises in the area of pedagogy, disability, inclusion, language development, literacy acquisition, deafness and communication. Nolene collaborated with personnel from Daruk Aboriginal Medical Service and Mount Druitt Community Health to establish a hearing screening and educational program in western Sydney to address educational disadvantage related to conductive hearing loss in Indigenous students. Her research includes the impact of otitis media on language development and literacy.

Nolene has a particular interest in pedagogy at university level and combines research with practice in her teaching at UWS. She is finalising her PhD in the area of pedagogy and inclusion for pre-service teachers. In September, 2014 Nolene won the People’s Choice in the Three Minute Thesis Competition for UWS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQqqAtAKjoU  Nolene is committed to developing the capacity of pre-service teachers for their important role of successfully including students with additional needs into regular classes.  Having grown up with a sister who has a disability, Nolene has a deep and personal understanding of disability and issues related to inclusion.  Nolene has been an advocate for students and families with regard to inclusion for many years.

This information has been contributed by Mrs Walker.

Qualifications

  • MA Macquarie University
  • Grad Dip Ed Nepean CAE
  • Dip Teach Milperra College of Advanced Education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School Of Education
  • Secondary Education (soe)

Contact

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Phone: (02) 47360 381
Mobile:
Location: J.1.20
Penrith (Kingswood)
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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100984 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices, 2013
  • 101286 Inclusive Teaching for Effective Learning, 2012
  • 101658 Transformative Learning, 2013
  • 101672 Inclusion In Practice, 2011

Research

Nolene's research includes the impact of otitis media on language development and literacy. Nolene has a particular interest in pedagogy at university and combines research with practice in her teaching at UWS. She is undertaking a PhD in the area of pedagogy and inclusion for pre-service teachers. Nolene is committed to developing the capacity of pre-service teachers for their important role of successfully including students with additional needs into regular classes.

Publications

Walker, N., and Wigglesworth, G. (2001).The Effect of Conductive Hearing Loss on Phonological Awareness, Reading and Spelling of Urban Aboriginal Students. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 23 (1), 37-51.

Walker, N. (2005). Children with Special Needs. In D. Nixon and K. Gould (Ed.), Extending: Child Development from Five to Twelve Years (pp.139-160). (2nd ed.). Sydney. Thomson, Social Science Press.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Walker, N. (2010). The impact of conductive hearing loss on literacy outcomes of Indigenous students. NSW Aboriginal Health Conference, 2010. Sydney. Australia.

Walker, N. (2009). The Mount Druitt/Minchinbury itinerant team model: A model for effective practice: Teacher of the Deaf Conference. Parramatta, Sydney.

Walker, N. (2006). Developing partnerships and implementing consultative practices: Otitis media conference. NSW Department of Education and Training. Newport, Sydney.  

Walker, N (2002). Conductive hearing loss: Research and practice. Itinerant Teachers of the Deaf Conference. Newcastle University. North Rocks, Australia. 

Walker, N. (2000). Otitis media with effusion, Aboriginal students and literacy. Research paper at 19th International Congress on Education of the Deaf. Sydney, Australia.

Walker, N. and Jenkins, J. (1996). The Conductive Hearing Loss Program in western Sydney. Hippocrates and Socrates, Education and Health Conference, Westmead Children’s Hospital Education Research Institute in association with the University of Western Sydney and NSW Department of School Education. Westmead, Sydney.  

Walker, N. (1995). Audition: skills and strategies: NSW Otitis Media Conference. Department of Health, NSW Department of School Education, NSW Board of Studies. Parramatta, Sydney.

My experience has been sought by NSW Health, NSW Aboriginal Health, Australian Hearing Services, NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) /Aboriginal Education, Catholic Education Office- Parramatta Diocese and DET in the form of consultancy and as a presenter at conferences. I have been a guest lecturer at Sydney and Newcastle University. In my former role as Assistant Principal with Department of Education and Communities, I advised on policy about the support of students with hearing impairment and the development of hearing screening programs to combat the deleterious effects of conductive hearing loss on language and literacy development.

I have presented regularly at early childhood settings, and primary and secondary schools . Community presentations include topics about inclusion, language acquisition, literacy, disability, educational impact of hearing impairment and developing partnerships.

This information has been contributed by Mrs Walker.

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