Greg Burnett is Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University in Australia. His research and teaching emphases include: a broad sociology of education with a Pacific focus; the influence of cultural and other social difference on schooling; and an exploration of critical and postcolonial theory as a basis for teaching, learning and researching in teacher education. His professional and personal life have emerged from various Pacific ‘routes’ that have led via Australia, Nauru, Kiribati, Fiji and New Zealand to name but a few. In each of these places he has lived and worked as an educator at various levels for extended periods over the last 30 years.

  • ED1401: Education Perspectives and Practice (Level 1; ONL)
  • ED2991: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (Level 2; ONL)
  • ED5952: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in Primary School Contexts (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5977: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (Level 5; TSV & CNS)
  • First Year Experience Coordinator - supporting First Year BEd students through the first year of their Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
  • Pacific systems of schooling, Postcolonial theory, Critical discourse analysis
  • Sociology of education, Social justice and schooling, Indigenous education
  • 2023 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2022 to 2023 - Education Advisor, Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform (Nauru, Central Pacific)
  • 2019 to 2022 - Senior Lecturer and Masters Coordinator (MTL and MEd), James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Senior Lecturer and Profex Coordinator, University of the South Pacific (Laucala, Suva, Fiji)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Nauru Teacher Education Project, University of New England (Nauru, Central Pacific)
  • 2006 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer and Associate Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand)
  • 2004 to 2006 - Lecturer, University of the South Pacific (Laucala, Suva, Fiji)
  • 1998 to 2003 - PhD research, University of New England (Armidale, NSW, Australia)
  • 1995 to 1997 - Primary Teacher, Wellington Christian School (Wellington, NSW, Australia)
  • 1990 to 1994 - Secondary Teacher, Hiram Bingham High School (Rongorongo, Beru, Kiribati)
  • 1988 to 1989 - Primary Teacher, Nauru Primary School (Nauru, Central Pacific)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by Dr Greg Burnett from 2012 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Developing game-based learning resources to support teaching advanced information literacy skills in a culturally sensitive way for students conducting research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Mainland Chinese students’ experience of learning English at a transnational higher education institution in Singapore (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Improving Chinese Language Teachers' Approaches to Teaching Chinese Writing Proficiency Skills via Distance Education - Preparing a Smoother Transition from Junior to Senior Years (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Backpackers or Educators, A Comparative Analysis of International Teachers in Schools across Southern China (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Using mobile technology to personalise the acquisition of English as an additional language learning (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • An Exploration of Adult English Learners' Lived Experiences in, between and beyond the Classroom (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Child Language Acquisition in Lewo, Vanuatu (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring picture books as pedagogical resource for developing understanding of New Caledonian identities (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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