Associate Professor Tonia Gray

Associate Professor Tonia Gray

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN SECONDARY SPECIALIST IN PEDAGOGY & LEARNING,
Centre for Educational Research (SoE)

Biography

In 2012, Associate Professor Tonia was appointed to the Centre for Educational Research at UWS as a Secondary Specialist in Pedagogy and Learning.  Her research interests include: eco-pedagogy, human-nature relationships, and reflection and experiential learning in a variety of educational settings. With a wealth of experience in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation spanning over three decades, she was awarded an ALTC grant for curriculum design and research specifically to introduce reflective and experience-based learning to international education within tertiary settings. Her long-term involvement in NSW Curriculum with the Board of Studies and more recently with ACARA in the initial Draft of the HPE Shape Paper, affords Tonia a depth and breadth of contemporary expertise in the National Curriculum renewal process. 

As principal supervisor, Tonia has faciliated over 20 HDR students; attracted several major research grants, and published a vast array of monographs, book chapters and refereed publications (see publications tab for further information).

Tonia is a past editor of the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education (AJOE) and currently a review board member for the Journal of Experiential Education (JEE), Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL), and Australian Journal of Outdoor Education (AJOE).

MAJOR TEACHING AWARDS

2014     Australian Award University Teaching (AAUT) Teaching Excellence Award

2014    Fellow of WATTLE (The Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching and Learning Excellence)

2013    UWS Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2009    Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) University of Wollongong - Highest Teaching Award

2009     Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation "Contribution to Student Learning for engaging students in life-altering learning, providing a role model for scholarly activity in outdoor education, and building an internationally recognised program"

Areas of Research and Publication

Ecopedagogy and Nature Based Education; Reflection and Experience Based Learning (EBL) in educational settings, Outdoor Education, and Adventure Therapy. Risk Taking Behaviours in Adolescence, Risk Management in the Outdoors, Wellbeing, Resiliency, Burnout in the Outdoor Profession, Facilitation and Leadership in Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods and Curriculum Implementation Strategies: PD/H/PE. Research Methods in Experiential Education

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Gray.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Wollongong

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Centre for Educational Research (SoE)

Contact

Email: T.Gray@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
Mobile:
Location: 19.G.19
Bankstown
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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 101263 Education and Transformation
  • 102157 Ecopedagogies
  • 102206 Experience-based Outdoor Education

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100701 Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth, 2012
  • 101259 Learning and Creativity, 2012
  • 101263 Education and Transformation, 2012
  • 101263 Education and Transformation, 2013
  • 101639 Introduction to Teaching and Learning, 2012
  • 101639 Introduction to Teaching and Learning, 2013
  • 101658 Transformative Learning, 2013
  • 101658 Transformative Learning, 2014

Publications

Books

  • Gray, T. and Dickson, T. (2012), 'Risk Management in the Outdoors : a Whole-of-organisation Approach for Education, Sport and Recreation', : Cambridge University Press 9780521152310.
  • Dickson, T., Gray, T. and Hayllar, B. (2005), 'Outdoor and Experiential Learning: Views From The Top', : Otago University Press 1-877139-81-5.

Chapters in Books

  • Gannon, S., Naidoo, L. and Gray, T. (2016), 'Educational aspirations, ethnicity and mobility in western Sydney high schools', Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education, Springer 9789811003103.
  • Gray, T. and Birrell, C. (2015), 'A case study of women and adventure : "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing" : the lure of adventure travel for women', Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century, Venture Publishing 9781939476043.
  • Gray, T. and Stuart, k. (2015), 'The power of storytelling in adventure therapy', Adventure Therapy around the Globe: International Perspectives and Diverse Approaches, Common Ground 9781612297736.
  • Gray, T. and Neill, J. (2012), 'Program evaluation', Risk Management in the Outdoors : a Whole-of-organisation Approach for Education, Sport and Recreation, Cambridge University Press 9780521152310.
  • Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2012), 'Program design and activity selection', Risk Management in the Outdoors : a Whole-of-Organisation Approach for Education, Sport and Recreation, Cambridge University Press 9780521152310.
  • Neill, J. and Gray, T. (2012), 'Technology, risk and outdoor programming', Risk Management in the Outdoors: a Whole-of-Organisation Approach for Education, Sport and Recreation, Cambridge University Press 9780521152310.
  • Gray, T. and Birrell, C. (2005), 'Burnout in Adventure Therapy: Bushfire as a catalyst for change and soul work - An Australian Perspective', Outdoor and Experiential Learning: Views From The Top, Otago University Press 1-877139-81-5.
  • Gray, T. (2005), 'Exploring Our Connections And Relationships With Place And/Or Nature', Outdoor and Experiential Learning: Views From The Top, Otago University Press 1-877139-81-5.

Journal Articles

  • Hall, T., Gray, T., Downey, G., Sheringham, C., Jones, B., Power, A. and Truong, S. (2016), 'Jafari and transformation : a model to enhance short-term overseas study tours', Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, vol 27 , pp 33 - 46.
  • Gray, T. and Thomson, C. (2016), 'Transforming environmental awareness of students through the arts and place-based pedagogies', LEARNing Landscapes, vol 9, no 2 , pp 239 - 260.
  • Jones, B., Power, A., Gray, T., Downey, G., Hall, T. and Truong, S. (2016), 'If you build it, they may not come : why Australian university students do not take part in outbound mobility experiences', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 13, no 3 .
  • Gray, T. and Birrell, C. (2015), ''Touched by the Earth' : a place-based outdoor learning programme incorporating the Arts', Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, vol 15, no 4 , pp 330 - 349.
  • Lloyd, A. and Gray, T. (2014), 'Place-based outdoor learning and environmental sustainability within Australian Primary Schools', Journal of Sustainability Education, vol September 2014 .
  • Vickery, N. and Gray, T. (2014), 'The effects of professional experience upon pre-service physical and health education teacher's resilience, self-efficacy and stress', University of Sydney Papers in HMHCE, vol 3 , pp 17 - 42.
  • Gray, T. and Birrell, C. (2014), 'Are biophilic-designed site office buildings linked to health benefits and high performing occupants?', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 11, no 12 , pp 12204 - 12222.
  • Wright, M. and Gray, T. (2013), 'The hidden turmoil : females achieving longevity in the outdoor learning profession', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 16, no 2 , pp 12 - 23.
  • O'Flynn, G., Pryor, Z. and Gray, T. (2013), 'Embodied subjectivities : nine young women talking dance', Journal of Dance Education, vol 13, no 4 , pp 130 - 138.
  • Gray, T. and Martin, P. (2012), 'The role and place of outdoor education in the Australian National Curriculum', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 16, no 1 , pp 39 - 50.
  • Dowdell, K., Gray, T. and Malone, K. (2011), 'Nature and Its Influence on Children's Outdoor Play', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 15, no 2 , pp 24 - 35.
  • Brymer, E., Gray, T. and Cotton, W. (2011), 'Outdoor experiential training as a medium for the development of today's leaders', Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, vol 5, no 1 , pp 58 - 66.
  • Brymer, E., Gray, T., Cotton, W. and Carpenter, C. (2010), 'Profiling outdoor leadership', Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL), vol 2, no 1 , pp 93 - 108.
  • Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2010), 'Developing an intimate relationship with nature through extreme sports participation', Lesiure/Loisir, vol 34, no 4 , pp 361 - 374.
  • Brymer, E., Downey, G. and Gray, T. (2009), 'Extreme sports as a precursor to environmental sustainability', Journal of Sport and Tourism, vol 14, no 2-3 , pp 193 - 204.
  • Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2009), 'Dancing with nature : rhythm and harmony in extreme sport participation', Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL), vol 9, no 2 , pp 134 - 149.
  • Dickson, T., Gray, T., Downey, G., Saunders, J. and Newman, C. (2008), 'Profiling Australian snowsport injuries : a snapshot from the Snowy Mountains', Journal of Sport and Tourism, vol 13, no 4 , pp 273 - 295.
  • Nicholls, V. and Gray, T. (2007), 'The role of stillness and quiet when developing human/nature relationships', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 11, no 1 , pp 21 - 28.
  • Brymer, E. and Gray, T. (2006), 'Effective leadership: Transformational or transactional', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 10, no 2 , pp 13 - 19.
  • Dickson, T. and Gray, T. (2006), 'Facilitating Experiences: A snapshot of what's happening out there', Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, vol 10, no 2 , pp 41 - 52.

Conference Papers

  • Gray, T. and Birrell, C. (2013), 'Touched by the earth : the impact of a multi-sensory immersion program on Year 7-8 students', International Outdoor Education Research Conference, University of Otago.
  • Taylor, N., Gray, T. and Birrell, C. (2012), 'Introducing Generation Y to the wilderness', Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Downey, G. and Gray, T. (2012), 'Blogging with the Facebook generation : studying abroad with Gen Y', Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Gray, T. and Stuart, K. (2012), 'The power of storytelling in adventure therapy', International Adventure Therapy Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Philpott, T. and Gray, T. (2008), 'Capturing the complex nature of learning to teach in the outdoors', AARE 2007 International Education Research Conference, Freemantle.
  • Nicholls, V., Gray, T. and Hoban, G. (2008), 'Busy doing nothing : researching the phenomenon of quiet time in outdoor experiential learning', 11th International Conference on Experiential Learning (ICEL), UTS Sydney.
  • Nicholls, V. and Gray, T. (2008), 'Sense and sensibility : reality and romanticism in human/nature relationships', Connecting with the Essence of Adventure Therapy - 4th International Adventure Therapy Conference, NZ.
  • Burrell, A., Gray, T. and Gray, B. (2007), 'Less is More: Ongoing Perspectives from Young, Fast and dead', Australian and New Zealand Marketing and Communications (ANZMAC) Conference, Dunedin, NZ.
  • Burrell, A., Gray, T. and Gray, B. (2007), 'Less means more when it comes to fear appeals and teenage drivers', Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy, Dunedin, N.Z..
  • Nicholls, V. and Gray, T. (2006), 'Sense and Sensibility: Looking at the reality and romance of human/nature relationships', Fourth International Adventure Therapy Conference, New Zealand.
  • Burrell, A. and Gray, T. (2006), 'Young, Fast And Dead: Marketing Communication Solutions To Change P-Plate Driver Behaviour', 20th Australian and New Zealand Marketing and Communications (ANZMAC) Conference Proceedings ?Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities?, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Burrell, A. and Gray, T. (2006), 'Young, Fast and Dead: Ongoing Perspectives from the Early Driving Group', 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference Proceedings ?Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities?, Yeppoon, Queensland.
  • Burrell, A. and Gray, T. (2006), 'Young, fast and dead: a fresh perspective from the Early Driving Group', Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld..

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Wild Nature Play: Researching OOSH in the Bush', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Love Your Lagoons: Place-based Learning and Environmental Action in South Western Sydney', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Student Trajectory Aspiration Research (STAR): A Study of Aspirations, Enablers and Barriers to Further Education in the Blacktown Learning Community', Research Report
  • 2012, 'Bringing the learning home : programs to enhance study abroad outcomes in Australian universities', Research Report
  • 2008, 'Australian Outdoor Adventure Activity Benefits Catalogue', Research Report

Research

Areas of Research and Publication

  • Ecopedagogy,
  • Reflection and Experience Based Learning (EBL) in educational settings,
  • Outdoor Education, and Adventure Therapy.
  • Risk Taking Behaviours in Adolescence, Risk Management in the Outdoors,
  • Burnout in the Outdoor Profession,
  • Facilitation and Leadership in Outdoor Education,
  • Teaching Methods and Curriculum Implementation Strategies:
  • PD/H/PE. Research Methods in Experiential Education
  • Career Aspirations of Low SES students
  • Bringing the Learning Home: The Impact of Study Abroad in Tertiary Settings
  • Dance and Body Perceptions
  • Perceptions of Body Image for pre-service PDHPE students

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Gray.

Current Projects

Title: Fostering the wellbeing of students with challenging behaviour and/or emotional needs through Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Years: 2016-09-02 - 2016-12-19
ID: P00023621
Western Researchers: Tonia Gray, Danielle Tracey, Son Truong and Kumara Ward
Funding:
  • Lomandra School
Title: Enhancing Programmes to Integrate Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences (EPITOME)
Years: 2014-12-04 - 2016-10-11
ID: P00022544
Western Researchers: Tim Hall, Tonia Gray, Anne Power and Son Truong
Funding:
  • Department of Education and Training (ACRG)

Previous Projects

Title: Love Your Lagoons
Years: 2013-08-16 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00021768
Western Researchers: Margaret Somerville, Tonia Gray and Susanne Gannon
Funding:
  • AGL Upstream Investments Pty Limited
Title: Researching and evaluating children and staff's experience of OOSH in the Bush
Years: 2014-08-21 - 2015-04-10
ID: P00022375
Western Researchers: Karen Malone, Tonia Gray and Ian Boyle
Funding:
  • Centennial Park Trust
Title: Implementing trauma-informed practice in a disability NGO: Supporting the wellbeing and recovery of clients in the disability sector
Years: 2015-06-10 - 2016-07-31
ID: P00022898
Western Researchers: Tonia Gray and Danielle Tracey
Funding:
  • Department of Family and Community Services

Supervision

Associate Professor Gray is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Circles of Change: Dialogue for Transformative Learning
Field of Research:
Title: Placed Based Outdoor Learning Enriching Curriculum: A Case Study in an Australian Primary School
Field of Research: CURRICULUM STUDIES; OTHER EDUCATION; EDUCATION STUDIES
Title: A Balanced Approach to Risk: Helping Teenagers Navigate Between Risk-Aversion and Risk-Attraction
Field of Research:
Title: Implementation of Conservation Education Programs at the Taronga Zoo
Field of Research:
Title: Social Ecology of Death: A Study of Australian After Death Communications Corroborated at time of Death
Field of Research:
Title: Train for War Adapt for Peace: A Case Study of the Implications of Risk Management on Static Line Parachute Training in the ADF
Field of Research:
Title: Strength Focussed Coaching to Increase Participant Engagement in the Educational Process and Individual Well Being within a Multi-Cultural Setting
Field of Research:
Title: Academic Stage Fright - considering a theoretical solution
Field of Research:
Title: Adventure Education - Developing the Resiliency of Tertiary Education Students
Field of Research:
Title: Growing an Outdoor Educator: The Impact of an Experiential Programme on Development of Pedagogy Practices in Pre-Service Outdoor Education Teachers: A Case Study
Field of Research:
Title: The Impact of Outdoor Education on the Body Image and Self-Concept of Adolescent Females
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: The Impact of an Experiential Program on Development of Pedagogy in Pre-Service Outdoor Teachers: A Case Study
Field of Research: TEACHER EDUCATION
Thesis: The Impact of an Experiential Program on Development of Pedagogy in Pre-Service Outdoor Teachers: A Case Study

Media

Title: ABC News Breakfast
Description: My Park Rules
Title: SBS The Feed
Description: Why we need more green spaces in our cities
Title: Catalyst ABC TV
Description: Nature Play
Title: 2GB
Description: Interview with Graham Ross Biophilic Offices and the impact of plants of health and well-being of workers
Title: 202020Vision
Description: Health and Well-being: Green Cities and Child in Nature Advocate
Title: Daily Telegraph
Description: Making Children Go Wild
Title: Sydney Morning Herald
Description: Outdoor treks no cakewalk for screenagers
Title: Sydney Morning Herald
Description: Children respond to call of the wild
Title: ABC Radio
Description: Advocates Call for more green spaces
Title: Australian Financial Review 27 March 2014
Description: Health Benefits of Nature

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