|January 2014 - Present||Lecturer (Education and Sociology), Southern Cross University ‐ School of Education|
Honors and Awards
- 3 Teaching Commendations
- Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Introduction to Teaching
- Doing Social Research (Methods)
- Society and Deviance
- Introduction to Sociology
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Religion in secular education: what in heaven's name, are we teaching our children? School of Arts and Social Sciences (2014)
Cathy Byrne presents the secular principle as a guiding compass for religion in government schools in plural democracies. Using in-depth case studies, historical and contextual research from Australia, and comparisons with other developed nations, Religion ...
Book chapters (4)
Christians first. The politics of inclusion, inter-religious literacy and Christian privilege: comparing Australian and English education Boundaries of religious freedom: regulating religion in diverse societies (2016)
Processes of globalization have resulted in increasingly culturally and religiously diverse societies. In addition, religion is occupying a more prominent place in the public sphere at the turn of the 21st Century, despite predictions of ...
Rejecting the secular: religious instruction in Queensland public schools Secularisation: new historical perspectives (2014)
Secularisation: New Historical Perspectives unveils an exciting range of case studies exploring emerging research in secularisation with an international outlook. Inspired by scholarship conducted by the Religious History Association, this collected volume questions the paradigm ...
Journal articles (15)
Framing the socialization process of the DBA candidate: what can universities offer and what should candidates bring? Studies in Continuing Education (2016)
In Australia, the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) remains a popular program but considerable anguish persists within the university sector over just what it is offering students. In this article, we use the process of ...
A decade of change in Australia’s DBA landscape Education and Training (2015)
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the dynamics of the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Australia through the lens of a changing higher education landscape. The paper reflects on issues raised ...
Religious education, social inclusion and interreligious literacy in England and Australia Journal for the Academic Study of Religion (2014)
This article examines the contentious nature of religion in relation to questions of interreligious literacy and education. It connects the concept of cultural tolerance to a particular interpretation of ‘religious literacy’ in the education policy ...
Ideologies of religion and diversity in Australian public schools Multicultural Perspectives (2012)
In many multicultural democracies, education has a Christian history. However, teaching religion has ideological variation. Progressives teach about many religions, while conservatives favor (often exclusive) instruction into one tradition. Australian secular education controversially prioritizes faith-forming ...
‘Jeesis is alive! he is the king of Australia’: segregated religious instruction, child identity and exclusion British Journal of Religious Education (2012)
Religious categorisation occurs at enrolment in Australian state-run (public) primary schools, with children segregated into religious instruction classes during their first week. Lesson content has no government oversight and, in some schools, options are limited ...
“Free, compulsory and (not) secular”: the failed idea in Australian education Journal of Religious History (2012)
The nineteenth century radically transformed education from a church function to a state duty. During the early to late 1800s, Australian legislators debated the foundations of education for their new society. Decades of acrimonious argument, ...
Freirean critical pedagogy’s challenge to interfaith education: what is interfaith? what is education? British Journal of Religious Education (2011)
Interfaith education has been boosted recently by the imprimatur of current and previous political world leaders. However, a critical analysis of what makes good interfaith education is yet to emerge. Indeed the attention may distract ...
Matter and mind: a non-theist exploration Compass: A Review of Topical Theology (2011)
This essay explores two non-theist approaches to mind and matter—Buddhism and Humanism. It examines these differing views in relation to Paley’s ‘design argument’ for the existence of God from a philosophical and biological perspective. While ...
Public school religion education and the 'hot potato' of religious diversity Journal of Religious Education (2009)
Religiously marked intercultural conflict is on the rise in Australia (HREOC, 2007; Dreher, 2006). In addition, intolerant and religiously discriminating sentiment has re-emerged in Australia's debate on migration (Schech & Haggis, 2001; Cratchley, 2007). However, ...
The one and many Gods of Hinduism Crossroads: An International Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics (2007)
Hinduism is commonly thought to represent polytheism. This label reflects a superficial perception of how the gods were and are understood. This essay explores the idea that Hinduism, (itself a relatively modern, externally imposed label), ...
Would a Buddhist freeze a cane toad? an exploration of the modern phenomenon of environmental buddhism and the ethics related to the doctrine of ahimsa (non-harming) Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2006)
Much of modern theory posits change as a positive force. Societies, cultures and even religious ideas must be capable of evolving and keeping pace, to remain relevant for the modern era. In some cases, however, ...