B. Ed (Prim) (Honours), PhD
Membership of professional associations
Australian Association of Environmental Education; Australian Teacher Education Association
Area of study
Dr Rebecca Miles is a lecturer in curriculum innovation, design and development with a current focus on pre-service teacher education. Her research interests are centred on 1) knowledge, curriculum theory and inquiry, 2) teacher professional practice, 3) pedagogy in online teaching and learning, and 4) place-based education. Rebecca's teaching focuses on social and cultural contexts in education and teacher research. Rebecca's PhD research was on place-based environmental education, drawing on practice theories to consider ways that place, knowledge and practice intersect in educating primary school students about being in the world. Her PhD dissertation was a recipient of the 2014 NSW Institute of Educational Research Beth Southwell Outstanding Thesis Award and she has also been recognised for her research strength, receiving the Faculty of Education Early Career Researcher Award in 2014.
- Issues in Education A (EDU5ISA)
- Teacher as Researcher (EDU5TAR) (EDU5TRS)
- Teacher Research Project (EDU5TRP) (EDU5PRP)
Curriculum innovation and design; online and blended learning; learning technologies; environmental education; educational research
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Miles, R.H. Lemon, N., Mathewson Mitchell, D. & Reid, J. (2016). The recursive practice of research and teaching: reframing teacher education, Asia- Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 44(4) pp. 401-414. DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2016.1169502
Habib, B., Miles, R.H. & Pawsey, N. (2016). Online learning and the infinite replicability of digitised knowledge. Fusion, Issue 8. http://www.fusion-journal.com/online-learning-and-the-infinite-replicability-of-digitised-knowledge/
Mathewson Mitchell, D., Lemon, N., Miles, R.H. & Reid, J. (2016). Professional Education in the e-Learning World: Scholarship, practice and digital technologies (editorial). Fusion, Issue 8. http://www.fusion-journal.com/008-fusion-professional-education-in-the-e-learning-world-scholarship-practice-and-digital-technologies/
Miles, R.H. (2015). Complexity, representation and practice: Case study as method and methodology. Issues in Educational Research, 25(3), 309-318. http://www.iier.org.au/iier25/miles.html (ERA C1; citations – 1)
Miles, R.H. (2015). Eclectic curriculum practice in environmental education: Place and praxis. Curriculum Perspectives, 35(2), pp. 1-15.
Miles, R. H. (2013). Experiencing sustainability education through place: A case-study from rural-regional Australia. Journal of Sustainability Education, 5(2).
Miles, R., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., and Harrison, L. (2006). Teacher Education: A Diluted Environmental Education Experience. Australian Journal of Environmental Education. 22(1), 49-59. (citations: 20)
Edited book chapters
Miles, R.H. (2018 - accepted). Case Study. In Bornstein, M.H. (Ed.) The SAGE Encylopedia of Lifespan Human Development. SAGE
Miles, R.H. Alterator, S., & Lord, S. (2016 - accepted). Practice, pedagogy and inquiry: Addressing complexities in online teacher education. In Peter Boyd & Agneiszka Szplit (Eds) Student Teachers Learning Through Inquiry: International Perspectives. (publication December 2016)
Knipe, S., Miles, R.H. & Garoni, S. (2016). Innovation and Transformation of Initial Teacher Education: Employer and Graduate Perspectives. In Brandenburg, R., McDonough, S., Burke, J. & White, S (Eds.). Teacher Education: Innovation, Interventions and Impact. ATEA/Springer
Miles, R.H., Cutter-Mackenzie, A. & Harrison, L. (2014). Teacher Education: A Diluted Environmental Education Experience. In P. Boyd, A. Szplit and Z. Zbróg (Eds) Teacher Educators and Teachers as Learners – International Perspectives. Krakow: Libron
Miles, R.H. (2014). Mum (PhD): Negotiating motherhood in early career academia. In N. Lemon and S. Garvis (Eds) Being "In and Out": Providing voice to early career women in academia. Sense publishing
Conference Proceedings - published peer-reviewed
Miles, R. (2008) The Importance of Place in (Environmental) Education, Proceedings of the National Conference of the Australian Association of Environmental Education. Sydney: Australian Association for Environmental Education. (Citations – 3)
Miles, R., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2006). Environmental Education: Is it really a Priority in Teacher Education? In S. Wooltorton, and D. Marinova (Eds.), Sharing wisdom for our future, Environmental education in action: Proceedings of the National Conference of the Australian Association for Environmental Education. Sydney: Australian Association for Environmental Education. (Citations – 5)
Published conference proceedings
Miles, R. (2008) Rural-regional sustainability through revitalising the commons: A case study, Paper presented at the AARE 2008 International Educational Research Conference, Brisbane. (Citations – 4)
Miles, R. (2013) Practising Place and ‘Learning to Love the World’: An Exploration of Place, Knowledge and Practice in Environmental Education. Unpublished PhD Thesis, Charles Sturt University: Bathurst.
Miles, R. (2004) Primary Student Teachers’ Experiences and Perceptions Of The Provision Of Environmental Education In Teacher Education, Unpublished Honours Thesis, Charles Sturt University; Bathurst.
Conference Presentations and Symposia
Miles, R. (2011) “This is what I saw them do”: place, embodiment and teaching; in Miles, R., Hopkins, L. & Britt, C. (2011) (Re)inhabiting Place in Authentic Ways Symposium presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Hobart, November/December, 2011.
Miles, R. (2011) Making-meaning through place to mobilise understanding into action for environmental education; paper presented at the Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Hobart, November/December 2011.
Miles, R. (2009) Geographical Methodologies, Environmental Education Research and Place; in Gibbs, S., Miles, R. & Britt, C. (2009) Geographical Methodologies in Education Research Symposium, Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference Canberra, ACT, Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2009
Miles, R. (2008), The Place of ‘Place’ in (Environmental) Education, National Conference of the Australian Association of Environmental Education, Darwin, 9-12 July 2008.
Miles, R. (2008), Rural-regional sustainability through revitalising the commons: A case study; in Green, B., Miles, R., Gibbs, S., Kemmis, S. & Reid, J. (2008) Education and Rural-Regional Sustainability symposium, Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference, Brisbane 30 November – 4 December 2008
Miles, R. (2006) Teacher Education: A diluted environmental education Experience National Conference of the Australian Association of Environmental Education, Bunbury, WA, 3-6 October 2006.
- LTU Disciplinary Research Project (Reimagining Education): Online pedagogy and practice theory: imagining new conditions of learning in teacher education.
- HEPPP project: Connect for Success: supporting students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.
- The pedagogy of posters: An analysis of classroom displays and pedagogical discourse
- Student teachers' beliefs and attitudes towards place-based environmental education