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)
  • ED3209: Senior Secondary Curriculum 2 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3210: Senior Secondary Curriculum 1 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3460: Service Learning (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED4090: Teaching for Learning 3 (ECE) (Level 4; 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
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  • 2018 - Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Enabling teachers as change agents through service learning: Maximising professional capacities, community outcomes and local global citizenship.
  • 2018 - The Australian Educational Researcher Best Paper Award: The re-creation and resolution of the 'problem' of Indigenous education in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross-curriculum priority. (coauthor)
  • 2017 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant ($49 500), Education for Sustainable futures: JCU Education Service Learning Placement in Cambodia
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Queensland College of Teachers
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association
  • Australian Teacher Education Association
  • Australian Association of Research in Education
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • Queensland History Teachers' Association

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 24+ research outputs authored by Dr Peta Salter from 2009 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.

  • An Investigation into the Treatment of Military History as a Subject Area in Queensland Schools (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Inquiry into developing Teacher Capacity in the Torres Straits (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Keeping the main thing the main thing: A multi-site case study of three curriculum enactment models in response to the Australian Curriculum (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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