Professor Kerry Robinson

Professor Kerry Robinson

Director, RHD,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology

Professor,
Diversities, Ethics & Education Research Group

Biography

Professor Kerry Robinson is in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and in the Sexualities & Genders Network. Her research interests focus on childhood studies; diversity, equity and social justice issues in educational contexts; constructions of gendered and sexualized identities; sexual harassment; constructions of childhood and sexuality; and sexuality education. Professor Robinson currently lectures in sociology, constructions of childhood, cultural diversity and difference, and contemporary debates in the social sciences.  Professor Robinson is currently the Australian/New Zealand Associate Editor for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE)  and an Editor of the Journal of Sociology (JoS). She is an invited reader/expert on the Australian Research Council. She is the recipient of a Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Award for her innovative curriculum and transformative pedagogies that inspire and motivate students to learn, and scholarly research that enhances learning and teaching. She also received a NSW Minister for Education and Training & The Australian College of Educators Quality Teaching Award, a UWS Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, as well as a UWS College of Arts Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Kerry has published widely on her research, including her recent book, Innocence, Knowledge and the construction of childhood: The contradictory relationship between sexuality and censorship in children’s contemporary lives (2013, Routledge, London); a co-edited collection Rethinking school violence (Saltmarsh, Robinson & Davies, 2012, PalgraveMacmillan, London) and a co-authored book, Diversity and Difference in Early Childhood Education: Issues for Theory and Practice (Robinson & Jones Diaz, 2006, Open University Press) -  a second edition of this latter book is currently being written and will be published in 2015. 

This information has been contributed by Professor Robinson.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • MA University of New South Wales
  • BA University of Wollongong
  • DipEd University of Wollongong

UWS Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology
  • Diversities, Ethics & Education Research Group

Contact

Email: K.Robinson@uws.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6574
Mobile:
Location: 21.G.13
Bankstown
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Robinson, K. (2013), 'Innocence, Knowledge and the Construction of Childhood : The Contradictory Nature of Sexuality and Censorship in Children's Contemporary Lives', : Routledge 9780415607636.
  • Robinson, K. and Jones Diaz, C. (2006), 'Diversity and difference in early childhood education : issues for theory and practice', : Open University Press 0335216838.

Chapters in Books

  • Robinson, K. (2012), 'Sexual harassment in schools : issues of identity and power : negotiating the complexities, contexts, and contradictions of this everyday practice', Rethinking School Violence: Theory, Gender, Context, Palgrave Macmillan 9780230576698.
  • Robinson, K., Saltmarsh, S. and Davies, C. (2012), 'Introduction : the case for rethinking school violence', Rethinking School Violence: Theory, Gender, Context, Palgrave Macmillan 9780230576698.
  • Robinson, K., Davies, C. and Saltmarsh, S. (2012), 'Conclusions : rethinking school violence : implications for theory, policy and practice', Rethinking School Violence: Theory, Gender, Context, Palgrave 9780230576698.
  • Robinson, K. (2012), 'Childhood as a 'queer time and space' : alternative imaginings of normative markers of gendered lives', Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, Bentham Science 9781608053391.
  • Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2012), 'Introduction ', Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, Bentham Science 9781608053391.
  • Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2007), 'Boys nerds, girl nerds: constituting and negotiating Computing and Information Technologies and peer groups as gendered subjects in schooling', Gender and I.T: Ongoing challenges for Computing and Information Technology Education in Australian Secondary Schools, Common Ground and Curriculum Corporation 9781875864577.
  • Robinson, K. (2005), 'Childhood and Sexuality: Adult constructions and silenced children', Children Taken Seriously: In theory, policy and practice, Jessica Kingsley Publishers 9781843102502.
  • Robinson, K. and Ferfolja, T. (2002), 'A reflection of resistance. Discourses of heterosexism and homophobia in teacher training classrooms', From Here to Diversity: The impact of lesbian and gay issues in education in Australia and New Zealand, Harrington Park Press 1560235500.

Journal Articles

  • Robinson, K. (2013), 'Building respectful relationships early : educating children on gender variance and sexual diversity : a response to Damien Riggs', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 14, no 1 , pp 81 - 87.
  • Davies, C. and Robinson, K. (2013), 'Reconceptualising family : negotiating sexuality in a governmental climate of neoliberalism', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 14, no 1 , pp 39 - 53.
  • Robinson, K. (2012), ''Difficult citizenship' : the precarious relationships between childhood, sexuality and access to knowledge', Sexualities, vol 15, no 3-4 , pp 257 - 276.
  • Davies, C. and Robinson, K. (2010), 'Hatching babies and Stork deliveries: risk and regulation in the construction of children's sexual knowledge', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 11, no 3 , pp 249 - 262.
  • Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2010), 'Tomboys and sissy girls: Exploring girls' power, agency and female relationships in childhood through the memories of women', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 35, no 1 , pp 24 - 31.
  • Robinson, K. and Ferfolja, T. (2008), 'Playing it up, playing it down, playing it safe: Queering teacher education', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol 24, no 4 , pp 846 - 858.
  • Robinson, K. (2008), 'In the name of 'childhood innocence'; A Discursive Exploration of the Moral Panic Associated with Childhood and Sexuality', Cultural Studies Review, vol 14, no 2 , pp 113 - 129.
  • Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2008), 'Docile Bodies and Heteronormative Moral Subjects: Constructing the Child and Sexual Knowledge in Schooling', Sexuality & Culture, vol 12, no 4 , pp 221 - 239.
  • Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2008), 'She's Kickin' Ass, That's What She's Doing! Deconstructing Childhood 'Innocence' in Media Representations', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 23, no 57 , pp 343 - 358.
  • Robinson, K. and Davies, C. (2007), 'Tomboys and Sissy Girls: young girls' negotiations of femininity and masculinity', International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, vol 5, no 2 , pp 17 - 31.
  • Affrica, T., Mindy, B. and Robinson, K. (2007), 'Making Trouble: A conversation about departing from the straight and narrow in early childhood', International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, vol 5, no 2 , pp 32 - 46.
  • Robinson, K. (2005), 'Reinforcing hegemonic masculinities through sexual harassment:issues of identity, power and popularity in secondary schools', Gender and Education, vol 17 , pp 19 - 37.
  • Robinson, K. (2005), 'Doing anti-homophobia and anti-heterosexism in early childhood education: moving beyond the immobilising impacts of 'risks', 'fears' and 'silences'. Can we afford not to', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 6 , pp 175 - 188.
  • Robinson, K. (2005), 'Queerying gender: Heteronormativity in early childhood education', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 30, no 2 , pp 19 - 28.
  • Robinson, K., Ferfolja, T. and Goldstein, T. (2004), 'Editorial - Special Issue: Anti-homophobia teacher education', Teacher Education, vol 15, no 1 , pp 3 - 8.
  • Ferfolja, T. and Robinson, K. (2004), 'Why anti-homophobia education in teacher education? perspectives from Australian teacher educators', Teaching Education, , pp 9 - 25.
  • Robinson, K. (2002), 'Making the Invisible Visible: gay and lesbian issues in early childhood education', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 3 , pp 415 - 434.
  • Robinson, K. and Ferfolja, T. (2001), 'What are we doing this for? ; Dealing with lesbian and gay issues in teacher education', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol 22, no 1 , pp 121 - 133.

Research

Associate Professor Kerry Robinson's research interests focus on childhood studies; diversity, equity and social justice issues in educational contexts; constructions of gendered and sexualized identities; sexual harassment; constructions of childhood and sexuality; and sexuality education.

The following is a brief overview of her current projects and interests: 

Kerry is currently leading a three year Australian Research Council Discovery funded project (2011- 2013) titled: 'The tensions for parents, educators and children in building a sustainable culture of ethical and respectful relationships early in life'. Kerry is conudcting this research with Professor Moira Carmody (UWS) and Dr Sue Dyson (LaTrobe). This research, which is being conducted in NSW and Victoria, involves interviews with parents and their primary school age children (5-11) and with teachers of primary school children; and an online survey for parents and teachers of primary scholl age children. The project is in its third year. This research explores children's understandings of respect, sexuality and relationships (e.g. marriage, initimacy, love); where children get their information about these issues; how parents approach their children's early education regarding sexuality education and in buiding dchildren's knowledge and practice around respect; and how primary school teachers approach these areas in children's early education. 

Kerry is also leading a researcher in the Engaging Creativity stream in the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. Kerry recently led a project titled, 'Performing queer', which was a pilot study exploring the issues facing young people identifying as gender variant and sexuality diverse (LGBTIQ). The research involved focus group and workshops with groups of gender variant and sexuality diverse young people, and a national survey targeting this group. This project also included the development of video resources and a performed ethnography based on this research to be used as professional development and community education resources. A research report titled, 'Growing Up Queer': Stories from Gender variant and sexuality diverse young people' will be published in 2013. This research project has been funded for the next three years and will continue to develop creative and innovative approaches, with a focus on technology,  for working with gender variant and sexuality diverse young people and their allies. 

Kerry is also currently initiating research focusing on gender variance in young children in Australia. 

This information has been contributed by Professor Robinson.

Current Projects

Title: An examination of the process and efficacy of an early intervention program for Aboriginal pre-school children, from the perspective of key stakeholders: teachers and program developers
Years: 2014-08-18 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022260
UWS Researchers: Janette Perz, Jane Ussher and Kerry Robinson
Funding:
  • Gunawirra Limited
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Engaging Creativity Through Technologies P2:P2
Years: 2013-06-25 - 2016-12-25
ID: P00021345
UWS Researchers: Amanda Third, Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson and Peter Bansel
Funding:
  • Department of Industry (CRC)
Title: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre - YAWCRC - Transforming communities and institutions: Young people sharing experiences to promote understanding and inclusion
Years: 2012-09-01 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00021662
UWS Researchers: Natalie Bolzan, Frances Gale, Brian Stout, Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson, Amanda Third, Ann Dadich and Michael Teo
Funding:
  • Department of Industry (CRC)

Previous Projects

Title: An Historical Analysis of Queer Youth Identitites: A Pilot Study
Years: 2012-11-15 - 2014-01-31
ID: P00021223
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson, Nida Denson and Peter Bansel
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: A pilot study exploration of the socio-cultural values and perspectives around childhood and sexuality and children's knowledge of sexuality
Years: 2007-12-10 - 2011-03-30
ID: P0015913
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Impact Study Research on the Safe Schools Making the Links 2004 pilot project
Years: 2005-09-05 - 2007-05-31
ID: P0014751
UWS Researchers: Margaret Vickers, Kerry Robinson, Tania Ferfolja and Maggie Clarke
Funding:
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Title: From high school to higher education: Gendered pathways in information, communication and computer technology education
Years: 2005-05-09 - 2008-05-08
ID: P0012740
UWS Researchers: Margaret Vickers, Carol Reid, Kerry Robinson and Susanne Gannon
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Office for Women NSW Premiers Department
  • Victorian Schools Innovation Commission
  • SA Department of Education & Childrens Services
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
  • Australian National Schools Network
Title: Young People from Diverse Sexualities and Access Issues
Years: 2002-11-01 - 2003-04-30
ID: P0013794
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson
Funding:
  • South Penrith Youth & Neighbourhood Services Inc
Title: Anti-Homophobia Education in Teacher Training Courses in New South Wales
Years: 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0011510
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson and Tania Ferfolja
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Family Diversity DVD Project
Years: 2006-10-10 - 2007-10-31
ID: P0015271
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson and Cristyn Davies
Funding:
  • Marrickville Council
Title: The politics of education policy and the education of socially, economically and culturally diverse and marginalised young people
Years: 2010-10-28 - 2011-10-27
ID: P00017608
UWS Researchers: Christine Halse, Michael Singh, Kerry Robinson, Carol Reid and Nida Denson
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: The tensions for parents, educators and children in building a sustainable culture of ethical and respectful relationships early in life
Years: 2011-01-01 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00018153
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson and Moira Carmody
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: YAWCRC - Performing Queer: Young people challenging vulnerabilities and inequities through performance ethnography and handheld technologies
Years: 2012-03-01 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00020856
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson, Peter Bansel and Nida Denson
Funding:
  • Department of Industry (CRC)
Title: Using performed ethnography for reflective practice with early childhood education professionals in NT and WA
Years: 2010-02-01 - 2012-12-31
ID: P00018946
UWS Researchers: Kerry Robinson
Funding:
  • Semann Slattery & Associates Pty Ltd

Supervision

Professor Robinson is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Down-under Drag: Inside Australia's Drag-King and Drag-Queen Communities
Field of Research:
Title: Understanding Factors that Affect Learning Outcomes of Indigenous Australian Students in Remote and Urban Contexts
Field of Research:
Title: Running the (Digital) Revolution
Field of Research:
Title: Models of school based professional learning and their effectiveness in developing teacher expertise in meeting the needs of student learning successin a diverse socio-cultural setting.
Field of Research:
Title: Resexing the Narrative - The Ethics of Engagement with Transgender Characters
Field of Research:
Title: Using Socio-Cultural Diversity as an Asset through Dance and Music
Field of Research:
Title: Down-under Drag: Inside Australia's Drag-King and Drag-Queen Communities
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Early Multiliteracies: Working with Family Practices, Children's Agency and Critical Dialogue
Field of Research: EDUCATION STUDIES
Thesis: Early Multiliteracies: Working with Family Practices, Children's Agency and Critical Dialogue
Title: Theorising Parent Participation in School Decision-Making Processes: A Foucaultian Inspired Exploration of School Councils
Field of Research: EDUCATION
Thesis: Theorising Parent Participation in School Decision-Making Processes: A Foucaultian Inspired Exploration of School Councils
Title: REGIMES OF TRUTH: GENDER, ACHIEVEMENT AND PARENT PARTICIPATION IN NEW SOUTH WALES PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Field of Research: EDUCATION
Thesis: REGIMES OF TRUTH: GENDER, ACHIEVEMENT AND PARENT PARTICIPATION IN NEW SOUTH WALES PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Title: Leading Educational Change for a Preferred Future: A gender inclusive approach to building school leadership effectiveness, capacity and capability through learning
Field of Research: EDUCATION
Thesis: LEADING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE FOR A PREFERRED FUTURE: A GENDER INCLUSIVE APPROACH TO BUILDING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS, CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY THROUGH LEARNING
Title: Representations of Men & Male Identities in Australian Mass Media
Field of Research: GENDER SPECIFIC STUDIES
Thesis: REPRESENTATIONS OF MEN & MALE IDENTITIES IN AUSTRALIAN MASS MEDIA
Title: (re)searching shared meanings of identity: collaborations between teacher-researchers and children.
Field of Research: EDUCATION STUDIES
Thesis: (re)searching shared meanings of identity: collaborations between teacher-researchers and children.
Title: Rainbow Panopticons, Cyber Closets: The Internet and Queer Subjectivity
Field of Research: SOCIETY AND CULTURE NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
Thesis: Rainbow Panopticons, Cyber Closets: The Internet and Queer Subjectivity

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