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Dr Brendan Bentley

Brendan Bentley
Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Arts

Brendan Bentley is a lecturer in Education. He is the Director of Partnerships and Engagement, and the Program Director of the Master of Teaching program at the University of Adelaide. He is an experienced School Principal, curriculum leader and teacher of STEM education. Brendan has designed and written post graduate educational leadership courses at both national and international levels and is a consultant in professional formation and development for teachers and school leaders. His research interests are in educational leadership, cognitive load theory, STEM, science and mathematics education and in particular proportional reasoning.

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Dr Brendan Bentley

Brendan Bentley is a lecturer in Education. He is the Director of Partnerships and Engagement, and the Program Director of the Master of Teaching program at the University of Adelaide. He is an experienced School Principal, curriculum leader and teacher of STEM education. Brendan has designed and written post graduate educational leadership courses at both national and international levels and is a consultant in professional formation and development for teachers and school leaders. His research interests are in educational leadership, cognitive load theory, STEM, science and mathematics education and in particular proportional reasoning.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Doctor Brendan Bentley's main research interests are within primary and secondary school learning and has over 10 publications.

One:  Mathematics, Science and STEM education

Two:  Cognitive Load Theory and education

Three: Civics and Citizenship education

Four: Online/Networked learning

Outputs include publications in high impact journals and in 2017 a book chapter titled Connecting Values and Religion with Civics and Citizenship; Teaching Excellence Awards; and Online Design Excellence Award. Other outputs include numerous consultancies and publications on STEM learning, Mathematics and Science Education and cognitive learning theory.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2106 - 2017 Stream Coordinator Master of Education Educational Leadership University of South Australia
2017 Lecturer and Director: Engagement, School Partnership & Marketing University of Adelaide
2010 - 2017 Lecturer Science and Mathematics Education; Professional Experience Coordinator University of South Australia
2002 - 2008 School Principal St Raphael's School
1997 - 2001 School Deputy Principal St Joseph's Memorial School

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2013 - 2017 University of South Australia Australia PhD
1994 - 1997 University of South Australia Australia Master of Education Science and Mathematics Education
1989 - 1991 Australian Catholic University (Institute of Catholic Education) Australia Graduate Diploma of Mathematics Education
1984 - 1986 Australian Catholic University (Institute of Catholic Education) Australia Diploma of Teaching

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2017). A case for cautious optimism? Active citizenship and the Australian civics and citizenship curriculum. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(1), 42-54.
DOI Scopus1
2017 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2017). Education for citizenship in South Australian public schools: a pilot study of senior leader and teacher perceptions. Curriculum Journal, 28(1), 105-122.
DOI Scopus1
2017 Bentley, B., & Yates, G. (2017). Facilitating proportional reasoning through worked examples: Two classroom-based experiments. Cogent Education, 4(1).
DOI
2017 Bentley, B. P., & Kehrwald, B. A. (2017). From ‘Good Teaching’ to ‘Better Teaching’: One Academic’s Journey to Online Teaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(1).
DOI
2016 Bentley, B. (2016). Golden proportion: Why the Golden Proportion really is golden?. The Australian Mathematics teacher, 72(2), 10-14.
2016 Paige, K., Bentley, B., & Dobson, S. (2016). Slowmation: A twenty-first century educational tool for science and mathematics pre-service teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(2), 1-15.
DOI Scopus2
2016 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2016). Securitisation and/or Westernisation: dominant discourses of Australian values and the implications for teacher education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 42(2), 239-251.
DOI Scopus3 WoS1
2015 Peterson, A., Durrant, I., & Bentley, B. (2015). Student teachers' perceptions of their role as civic educators: Evidence from a large higher education institution in England. British Educational Research Journal, 41(2), 343-364.
DOI Scopus3 WoS2
2015 Peterson, A., & Bentley, B. (2015). Exploring the connections between Philosophy for Children and Character Education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 2(2), 48-70.
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New Colombo Plan (NCP) (2016) Commonwealth funded Undergraduate Overseas Professional Experience Grant (China) $158 000

Divisional Research Performance Funds Grant (DRPF) (2014) University of South Australia funded pilot study of a small range (6-8) of public primary/secondary schools in South Australia $14 000

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Co-Supervisor Influencing the Learning Trajectory of Voc. Ed. Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds by Lecturer Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Allyson Kaye Dutschke
2018 Co-Supervisor Evaluating Evidence Based Digital Methods for the Assessment of Psychology Graduate Competencies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Samantha Jane Newell
2018 Co-Supervisor Cognitive Load Theory Rather than Political Economic Efficacy Should Drive the STEM Agenda Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Robert Leonard Sieben
Position
Lecturer
Phone
83136824
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Nexus 10 Tower, floor 8
Room Number
8 22
Org Unit
School of Education

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