Dr Peta Salter, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., G.C.Ed.(Asian Studies), Ph.D., began her educational career as a secondary History and English teacher before commencing sessional employment with James Cook University, leading to doctoral studies and her current appointment in Education.

Peta’s teaching has focused on work-integrated learning approaches to enriching pre-service teachers’ efficacy and understandings of the contexts and communities in which they teach to support and develop ‘classroom-readiness’.  Peta’s research examines the epistemological and ontological assumptions in intercultural policy in Australian education and their impacts on curriculum and pedagogy enacted by ‘classroom-ready’ teachers. Recent projects include supporting cultural sustainability and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in teacher education, and service learning curriculum and pedagogy design with a focus on critical global citizenship and student agency. 

Most recently, Peta’s teaching and research was recognised in 2017 by way of a JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning through innovation, leadership and scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and the student experience. Her current role is Director of RATEP (JCU): a community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education program offered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, TAFE Queensland North (TQN), James Cook University (JCU) and the Torres Strait Islanders' Regional Education Council (TSIRECC). 

Recently completed projects:

2015-2017 Co-leader. 

Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Commissioned Project  - Educating diverse learners for local/global citizenship: Curriculum and pedagogical frameworks that bring global perspectives from the periphery to the core  (partnership with Western Sydney University)

2015-2016 Project leader

Action for Sustainability grant JCU - Supporting preservice teachers’ engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges to promote cultural sustainability (collaboration with Shalom Christian College)

2014- 2015 Project leader

Cairns Institute grant - Cultural Sustainability and Embedding Indigenous Knowledges in Teacher Education  (James Cook University)

  • ED2491: Planning for Engaging Learning (Level 2; TSV)
  • ED3460: Service Learning for Sustainable Futures (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5987: Internship/Service Learning (Level 5; TSV)
  • Currently, I am working on a number of projects in educational policy analysis and initial teacher education. This includes critical approaches to the development and enactment of education policy pertaining to intercultural policy and curriculum, particularly the cross curriculum priorities in the Australian curriculum, and expanding notions of professional experience and ‘classroom readiness’ beyond classroom walls to enrich pre-service teachers’ efficacy and understandings of the contexts and communities in which they teach.
  • 2017 to present - Director of RATEP (JCU), James Cook University
  • 2014 to present - Lecturer in Education, James Cook University
  • 2016 - Course Coordinator Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary), James Cook University
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Enabling teachers as change agents through service learning: Maximising professional capacities, community outcomes and local global citizenship.
  • 2017 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant ($49 500), Education for Sustainable futures: JCU Education Service Learning Placement in Cambodia
  • 2015 - Research Performance Award: Commendation for External Research Income (College of Arts, Social Sciences and Education, JCU)
  • 2013 - Phd. James Cook University
  • 2011 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Recipient
  • 2011 - Sessional Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (JCU)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • Australian Association of Research in Education
  • Queensland History Teachers' Association
  • Australian Teacher Education Association
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association
  • Queensland College of Teachers
  • Golden Key International Honour Society

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 23+ research outputs authored by Dr Peta Salter from 2009 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Office for Learning and Teaching - Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects

Educating diverse learners for local/global citizenship: Curriculum and pedagogical frameworks that bring global perspectives from the periphery to the core

Indicative Funding
$229,000 over 2 years
Securing enhanced student outcomes associated with global understandings and perspectives is this project's focus. It seek to ascertain how best to utilise and augment students' current service learning experiences in domestic and international settings to realise these outcomes through a process of identifying, analysing and evaluating existing curriculum and pedagogic practices.
Kelsey Halbert, Peta Salter, Caroline Wong and Jinghe Han in collaboration with Michael Singh, Angela Hill, Debra Miles, Peter F Jones and Abhishek Bhati (College of Arts, Society & Education, University of Western Sydney, Learning, Teaching & Student Engagement, Corporate P&L and JCUS - Academic)
global perspectives; Citizenship; curriculum frameworks; service learning; Work-integrated Learning

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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.

  • Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing:A Study of Three School Sector's Response to the Australian Curriculum - Ascertaining Successful Strategies in Achieving Consistency from Systemically Stated aims to Student Worldview (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Investigation into the Treatment of Military History as a Subject Area in Queensland Schools (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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