Bobby Harreveld is the Director, Learning & Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC) at CQUniversity and the Deputy Head of School, Learning & Innovation in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education. She is establishing a research and teaching profile in the emerging field of inquiry about leading and learning for diverse workplaces, learning spaces and educational partnerships operating across the cultural borders of geography, institution, community and language. Her aim is the programmatic development of innovative research-informed professional education in higher education, schools and colleges, other industry and community settings. Accordingly this work is trans-national, cross-sectoral, multicultural and inter-systemic in orientation.
Currently, Associate Professor Harreveld is undertaking:
- an ARC project exploring the work of Queensland leaders in reforming Years 10, 11 and 12 as they realign education and training to changing workforce needs given local changes in the labour market due to global economic and climatic changes;
- a project investigating the efficacy of culturally appropriate health education for adults of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in regional, rural and remote communities;
- a project exploring the teaching-research nexus within the everyday lives of early and mid-career researchers in the higher education sector;
- an evaluation of the Queensland Academies;
- a longitudinal investigation of leadership for whole school reform in literacy teaching and learning; and
- a project examining workforce transitions and career change mobility.
Bobby is supervising a number of research higher degree students in their studies relating to these projects. As part of her international collaborative research Associate Professor Harreveld is an Adjunct of the Centre for Education Research at the University of Western Sydney. She is a member of an international consortium of scholars working on the history, present and especially the future of international multicultural education. As a member of the national executive of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, Bobby coordinates the OctoberVET research forums throughout Australia.
Since arriving at CQU (1998-current) she has worked as Program Coordinator and Course Coordinator in Secondary/Vocational Education and Training teacher preparation programs and Research Fellow (in the Centre for Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development). Among a range of outputs, she has developed: an innovative distance education program for mature-age pre-service teachers that utilized a blended learning delivery model with the technologies of that time (1998-2003); an evaluation framework for a postgraduate coursework program offered via and open and distance learning model (2004); investigated the diversities of difference in curriculum design and delivery teacher education students in adult and adolescent literacy and numeracy (2005-2008).