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Personal profile

Biography

Niranjan is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Clayton Campus, teaching and researching across postgraduate and graduate courses in curriculum, assessment, pedagogy and Humanities education. Originally trained as a geographer, he worked as a teacher and educational leader in secondary schools for many years before moving into tertiary education, being recognized professionally for his work as an educator in Australia and internationally. His recent tertiary leadership experience includes being  (Acting) Director Initial Teacher Education Programs  and  Courses Leader for Primary and Secondary Education (under- and postgraduate).

Research interests

Niranjan's current research is focused on three principal strands: the imoact of transnationalism and globalisation in education, particularly in relation to the impact of culture on curriculum, pedagogy and thinking; the teaching of Geography and other Humanities subjects in schools, with a particular interest in inquiry-based teaching and transdisciplinary thinking; and the role of education in British colonial policy and practice, with an especial focus on its relevance to contemporary society. 

He has published widely on culture, transnationalism and education, including two books - Culture, Transnational Education and Thinking: Case Studies in Global Schooling (Routledge, 2014)  and Transnationalism, Education and Empowerment: latent legacies of Empire (Routledge 2017) - with a third due for publication in late 2019/early 2020 (Transculturalism and Teacher Capacity: Professional Readiness in the Globalised Age: Routledge).

He also writes on on inquiry teaching & learning within and across the disciplines, including (with Gillian Kidman) Inquiry based teaching and learning across disciplines: Comparative theory and practice in schools (Palgrave, 2017). 

Niranjan's current research projects are concerned with: 
(a) the building and evaluation of the transcultural capabaility and capacity of teachers, with particular reference to their employability in a globalised educational environment;
(b) the nature of cultural education in schools, with particular emphasis on the role of geographical education.; and
(c) inquiry-based teaching and learning across the disciplines.

In 2017, with Lucas Walsh,he co-researched the transcultural capacity of teachers in Canadian and Australian PYP schools in an IB-funded project, using his work in this reconceptualisation of cultural education.

He is currently undertaking an international study of teacher knowledge and expertise in cultural education and inquiry teaching & learning, to be published across two books in 2019/2020: Transculturalism and Teacher Capacity: Professional Readiness in the  Globalised Age (Routledge); and Disciplinarity and Educational Inquiry for Teaching and Learning: Conceptions and Practices (with Gillian Kidman)  (Palgrave)

Keywords

  • curriculum
  • pedagogy
  • multiculturalism
  • interculturalism
  • transculturalism
  • cultural capacity of teachers
  • problem solving
  • colonial education
  • transnationalism
  • international education
  • Teacher Identity
  • Teacher Professional Development and Learning
  • Geography education
  • Humanities Education
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • educational leadership
  • inquiry capacity of teachers
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Inquiry Teaching
  • Transdisciplinary Learning
  • globalisation and curriculum innovation
  • Education and globalisation

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 1986 2019

Cultural hybridity and Australian children: speaking back to educational discourses about global citizenship

Casinader, N. & Manathunga, C., 18 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Developing teachers' environmental literacy through inquiry-based practices

Kidman, G. & Casinader, N., 2019, In : Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. 15, 6, 9 p., em1687.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Fieldwork, sustainability and environmental education: the centrality of geographical inquiry

Casinader, N. & Kidman, G., Mar 2018, In : Australian Journal of Environmental Education. 34, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

From sovereignty to modernity: revisiting the Colebrooke-Cameron Reforms–transforming the Buddhist and colonial imaginary in nineteenth-century Ceylon

Casinader, N., Wijeyaratne, R. D. S. & Godden, L., 2 Jan 2018, In : Comparative Legal History. 6, 1, p. 34-64 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Geographical inquiry as a transcultural vehicle for education in sustainable development: the centrality of a new vision

Casinader, N. & Kidman, G., Sep 2018, In : Global Comparative Education . 2, 2, p. 49-61 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Prizes

ACEL Fellowship

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), 14 Nov 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Award for Geographical Education

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Aug 1998

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher Award

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Dec 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher Fellowship

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Feb 2014

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

John Daughtery Memorial AWard

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Jun 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1980 2019

IB Global Conference

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker)
24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Asia Pacific Journal of Education (Journal)

Niranjan Casinader (Peer reviewer)
19 Feb 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Council of International Schools

Niranjan Casinader (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Guest Speaker

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker)
1 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

GU-CGE/UCL Institute of Education Geography Education Conference

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker)
15 Apr 201917 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Monash Postgraduate Video Series

Niranjan Casinader

4/09/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Arabic online newspaper: Asharq Al-Awsat June 9th 2014 Issue 12977

Niranjan Casinader

9/06/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Interview

Niranjan Casinader

1/04/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview