Professor Jane Gilbert

Professor

Email: jane.gilbert@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6878-9376

Overview:

My early-career academic work was in science education and equity issues in education. I have worked on a range of different questions in these areas for nearly 30 years. I also have a background in the sociology and philosophy of education, and language issues in education.

However, over the last fifteen years or so, I have mainly worked in the area of educational futures, looking in particular at the implications for education of Knowledge/Network Age developments.

My book Catching the Knowledge Wave? – The Knowledge Society and the future of education was published in 2005.

In 2015 I completed a three-year TLRI-funded research project following a group of teachers as they participated in PLD designed to foster "future-oriented" thinking. The findings from this project have led me into complexity/systems thinking, and I am now interested in unpacking the way concepts like collaboration, partnership, interaction and innovation are being used in educational contexts.

Research interests:

I am currently Principal Investigator on a research project called: Taking the Temperature: Assessing the "future-readiness" of New Zealand teachers. This is a large-scale survey designed to assess the extent New Zealand teachers are prepared for a future-oriented education system

I am the Director of Edge Work, which is a virtual network of people interested in educational futures thinking, based at AUT University. It carries out applied research, convenes seminars and conferences, and offers bespoke professional learning for schools.

Fields of research:

  • Education Systems
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
  • Education Not Elsewhere Classified

Research outputs:

Books

  • Gilbert, J. (2005). Catching the Knowledge Wave? The Knowledge Society and the Future of Education. Nzcer Press.

Journal articles

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Back to the future? Aims and ends for future-oriented science education policy – the New Zealand context. Knowledge Cultures, 5(6). doi:10.22381/KC5620176

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Educational makerspaces: Disruptive, educative or neither?. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 14(2). Retrieved from https://teachworkojs.aut.ac.nz/autojs/index.php/nzjtw

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Untangling constructivism, knowledge, and knowledge-building for 'future-oriented' teaching. Set: Research Information for Teachers Online First. doi:10.18296/set.0095

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Back to the future? Aims and ends for future-oriented science education policy: The New Zealand context.. Knowledge Cultures, 5(6).

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Transforming science education for the Anthropocene - is it possible?. Research in Science Education, 46(2). doi:10.1007/s11165-015-9498-2

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). Transforming science education for the Anthropocene-is it possible?. Research in Science Education, 45(4). doi:10.1007/s11165-015-9498-2

  • Gilbert, J. (2013). What should initial teacher education programmes for 2022 look like and why?. Waikato Journal of Education Te Hautaka Matauranga o Waikato, 18(1).

  • Gilbert, J. (2012). Science 2.0 and school science. New Zealand Science Teacher, (131).

  • Gilbert, J., & Calvert, S. (2003). Challenging accepted wisdom: Looking at the gender and science education question through a different lens. International Journal of Science Education, 25(7), 861-878. doi:10.1080/09500690305030

  • Gilbert, J., & Cameron, M. (2002). When two cultures collide: Similarities and differences between tertiary teachers in two institutional contexts. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 37(1), 87-92.

  • Gilbert, J. (2001). Science and its 'Other': Looking underneath 'woman' and 'science' for new directions in research on gender and science education. Gender and Education, 13(3), 291-305. doi:10.1080/09540250120063571

  • Gilbert, J. (1994). The construction and reconstruction of the concept of the reflective practitioner in the discourses of teacher professional development. International Journal of Science Education, 16(5), 511-522. doi:10.1080/0950069940160503

Book chapters

  • Gilbert, J. (2018). Is complexity thinking a useful frame for change-oriented educational research?. In V. Reyes, J. Charteris, A. Nye, & S. Mavropoulou (Eds.), Educational Research in the Age of the Anthropocene. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Retrieved from https://www.igi-global.com/books/

Conference contributions

  • Gilbert, J. (2019). Re-imagining higher education for the Anthropocene. In Shift happens - higher education and the future of learning, life and work.. Brisbane: Centre for Learning Futures, Southbank, Griffith University, Brisbane. Retrieved from https://shifthappenshighered.org/

  • Gilbert, J. (2019). Re-balancing science education for the Anthropocene era.. In Post-normal science education - what might it look like? New Zealand Association for Research in Education Science Education Special Interest Group one-day research seminar. Auckland: Jane Gilbert, on behalf of/for the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Science Education Special Interest Group. Retrieved from http://www.nzare.org.nz/news.aspx?news=14681

  • Gilbert, J. (2019). Re-imagining Higher Education for the Anthropocene.. In HERDSA Conference 2019 : Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Auckland: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz/

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Towards a re-framing of science education for the post-carbon era. In Anticipation 2017. London UK. Retrieved from http://anticipation2017.org/

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Transforming science education for the Anthropocene - Is it possible?. In European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference 2017. Dublin.

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). Collaboration and innovation in schools - who, what, when, where, why?. In Delving Deeper 2 (South Island School Principals' Association Conference). Christchurch.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Back to the future? Aims and ends in 21st century science education policy development. In New Zealand Association for Research in Education - Special One day conference on Aims and Ends in Education. Christchurch.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Education’s complex future - What does this mean for teachers?. In #edchatnz. Hamilton NZ.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Reflections on the “knowledge turn”. In 6th International Knowledge and Education Research Unit (KERU) Symposium. Auckland NZ.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Science education in the "knowledge society" - issues and challenges. In Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Symposium: Shaping science teacher education futures - providing tomorrow's science education for tomorrow's generation. Sydney.

  • Gilbert, J., & Myburgh, D. (2015). Following or leading? Modern learning environments, digital technologies and “The future” of education – is this it?. In ULearn 2015. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J., & Myburgh, D. (2015). Following or Leading? Modern Learning Environments, Digital Technologies and “The Future” of Education – is this it?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). School makerspace - is this a disruptive influence on education's future?. In ULearn. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). Issues for teacher education's future in New Zealand. In Teacher Education Forum of New Zealand. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). The future of education - why change is needed and what this means for school leaders. In National Aspiring Principals' Conference. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Teacher professional learning and development for a future-oriented education system – a “wicked problem”?. In The joint Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) conference. Brisbane.

  • Gilbert, J., Morris, D. -G., & Donaghy, G. (2014). Teacher professional learning for a future-oriented education system – is this a “wicked problem”?. Rotorua.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Following or Leading? Modern Learning Environments, Digital Technologies and “The Future” of Education – is this it?. In National Association of Secondary Deputy & Associate Principals (NASDAP). Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). The future of education - why change is needed and what this means for school leaders. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Future-oriented education - what is it and why should we care?. In LoopEd 2014. Dufferin St, Wellington City.

Reports

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). Leading in collaborative, complex education systems. Wellington, New Zealand: Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.educationcouncil.org.nz/sites/default/files/Five%20Think%20pieces.pdf

  • Gilbert, J., Bull, A., Stevens, L., & Giroux, M. (2015). On the edge: Shifting teachers’ paradigms for the future. Wellington, New Zealand: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. Retrieved from http://www.tlri.org.nz/

  • Gilbert, J., & Bull, A. (2014). Exploring teacher professional learning for future-oriented schooling: Working paper 1 from the Back to the Future project. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). Retrieved from http://www.nzcer.org.nz/

  • Gilbert, J., & Bull, A. (2013). Building a future-oriented science education system in New Zealand: How are we doing?. Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Council for Educational Reserach.

  • Bolstad, R., Bull, A., Carson, S., Gilbert, J., MacIntyre, W., & Spiller, L. (2013). Strengthening engagements between schools and the science community: Final report. Wellington, NZ: Ministry of Education.

  • Gilbert, J., & Bull, A. (2013). Building a future-oriented science education system in New Zealand: How are we doing?. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Retrieved from http://www.nzcer.org.nz/

  • Gilbert, J., & Bull, A. (2012). Swimming out of our depth? Leading learning in 21st century schools. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Retrieved from http://www.nzcer.org.nz/

  • Bolstad, R., Gilbert, J., McDowall, S., Bull, A., Boyd, S., & Hipkins, R. (2012). Supporting future-oriented learning & teaching – a New Zealand perspective. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education. Retrieved from https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/schooling/109306

Oral presentations

  • Gilbert, J. (2017). The university is dead: Long live the university?. Auckland NZ.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Leading a learning system in the New Zealand context. 33 Bowen St., Wellington, NZ.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Educational Futures for Universities - some ‘big ideas’, issues and dilemmas…. Matakana (Auckland) NZ.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Knowledge's purpose in the school curriculum - past, present, and future. Wellington.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Why should we be looking ahead?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Transforming teaching for "21st century learners".. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2016). Building educational futures?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). Educational research in the 21st century - some personal reflections. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). New learners, new learning, new leadership. AUT University.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). Why collaborative practice and complexity thinking are key to education's future. Wellington.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). The future of education - why change is needed, and what this means for teachers and school leaders. Auckland, NZ.

  • Gilbert, J. (2015). Education 3.0 - what is it, and what does it have to do with your discipline?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Future-oriented education - what is it?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Beyond the “Knowledge Wars” Public education for a post-carbon future?. Wellesley St Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Future-oriented education - what is it and why should we care?. Albany, Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). Future-oriented education - what is it and why should we care?. Taupo, New Zealand.

  • Gilbert, J. (2014). 'Future-oriented' education - What does this mean for teaching and learning in schools?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2013). Future-oriented learning and teaching in universities: new roles for disciplinary knowledge?. Auckland.

  • Gilbert, J. (2013). ;Future-oriented schooling? Building 'progressive' schools to create the future we want.. Whitianga.

  • Gilbert, J. (2013). 'Future-oriented schooling? Building 'progressive' schools to create the future we want.. Ngatea.

  • Gilbert, J. (2013). Knowledge-building - what is it?. Ngatea.

  • Gilbert, J. (2013). "Future-oriented'? '21st century'? Building a 'progressive' university curriculum for the the future- some thoughts.. Auckland.

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