Nathan Brubaker



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Personal profile


Nathan works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy. He previously taught in the USA at the primary, middle, and tertiary levels, including five years at James Madison University in Virginia. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, primary level curriculum, and research methods, while supervising Masters and PhD students in teacher education. His research is focused on understanding problems of authority in teaching and teacher education, particularly concerning educators' efforts to embody democratic principles and exude respect/value for a broad spectrum of diversity in school and university contexts. His work on negotiated assessment, jointly constructed curriculum, collaborative dialogue, and the pedagogical development of teachers and teacher educators has been published in such journals as Teaching and Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Studying Teacher Education, Teachers and Teaching,and Teaching Education. Nathan is a member of four international advisory boards, including Teaching and Teacher Education and Studying Teacher Education, and is a member of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices special interest group (SSTEP) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Research interests

  • Developing and enacting a pedagogy of teacher education
  • Democratic and dialogical pedagogies
  • Teacher identity, development, and self-study
  • Authentic assessment and evaluation methodologies
  • Critical thinking, diversity, and sociocultural aspects of schooling
  • Philosophy for Children

Research area keywords

  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Development
  • Pedagogy of Teacher Education
  • Democratic Education
  • Dialogue
  • Self Study
  • Assessment
  • Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy for Children


Research Output

Cultivating Democratically-Minded Teachers: A pedagogical journey

Brubaker, N., 2016, Self-Study and Diversity II: Inclusive Teacher Education for a Diverse World. Kitchen, J., Tidwell, D. & Fitzgerald, L. (eds.). Rotterdam Netherlands: Sense Publishers, p. 173 - 191 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

On Becoming a Democratic Teacher Educator

Brubaker, N., 2016, Professional Learning Through Transitions and Transformations: Teacher Educators' Journeys of Becoming. Williams, J. & Hayler, M. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 151 - 165 15 p. (Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Unpacking Multiple Realities of Rural School Politics

Brubaker, N., 2016, Self-studies in Rural Teacher Education. Schulte, A. K. & Walker-Gibbs, B. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 101 - 121 21 p. (Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Building more democratic communities: preparing novice teachers to navigate political complexity in schools

Brubaker, N., 2015, Teacher Education Yearbook XXIV: Establishing a Sense of Place for All Learners in 21st Century Classrooms and Schools. Putney, L. G. & Gallavan, N. P. (eds.). Lanham MD USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, p. 40 - 51 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review