Professor Catherine Manathunga

Honorary Res. Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Dr Catherine Manathunga is Associate Professor in the School of Education Policy and Implementation at the Victoria University, Wellington. Her research interests include postgraduate supervision, interdisciplinary research education, the history of teaching and learning in universities, and the professional development of supervisors and researchers.

Catherine is an historian and draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective to higher education research, particularly focusing on doctoral education and the history of university teaching and learning. She currently researches in the following areas:

  • Postgraduate Supervision : power, identity and culture in postgraduate supervision; power and desire in team supervision pedagogy
  • Supervisor Educational Development : post-colonial interpretations of supervisor educational development;
  • Research and Innovation Leader Development : research graduates attributes and outcomes in universities and industry; ongoing professional development for researchers in public and private sector research organisations; interdisciplinary research;
  • History of Australian Teaching and Learning : a genealogy of the development of teaching and learning in Australian universities.

She currently supervises RHD students in the areas of effective teaching and learning in higher education, supporting international students' learning, evaluating effective teaching and learning and in development aid policy.

Qualifications

  • Grad Cert in Higher Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • B Arts, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • The good governance agenda: a case of policy paradox in development?

    Ms Lorinne du Toit

  • Development of Non-Cognitive Attributes in Veterinary Science Graduates as an Indicator of Professional Success

    Mrs Patricia Clarke

  • Factors affecting the academic performance of international students in Pharmacy programs in Australia and the UK

    Ms Jacqueline Bond

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Manathunga, Catherine (2010). Critical transcultural exchanges: educational development for supervisors. In Pat Thomson and Melanie Walker (Ed.), The Routledge doctoral supervisor's companion: supporting effective research in education and the social sciences (pp. 76-87) Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203851760

  • Manathunga, C. and Donnelly, R. (2009). Going global in online academic development programs.. In Donnelly, R. and McSweeney, F. (Ed.), Applied eLearning and eTeaching in Higher Education 1st ed. (pp. 84-107) Dublin, Ireland: Idea Group Inc..

  • Manathunga, C. (2009). Postcolonial perspectives on interdisciplinary researcher identities.. In Brew, A. and Lucas, L. (Ed.), Academic research and researchers (pp. 131-145) London: Open University Press.

  • Tai Peseta and Manathunga, Catherine E. (2008). The anxiety of making academics over: resistance and responsibility in the academic development project. In Ian Morley and Mira Crouch (Ed.), Knowledge as value: illumination through critical prisms 1 ed. (pp. 79-94) Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi.

  • Manathunga, Catherine (2007). Intercultural postgraduate supervision: Ethnographic journeys of identitiy and power. In David Palfreyman and Dawn Lorraine McBride (Ed.), Learning and teaching across cultures in higher education First edition ed. (pp. 93-113) New York: Palgrave.

  • Hinton, B. and Manathunga, C. (2001). Mobile phones and lectures don't mix.. In Edwards, Helen, Smith, Brenda and Webb, Graham (Ed.), Lecturing: case studies, experience and practice. (pp. 37-43) London: Kogan Page.

  • Manathunga, C. (1999). Women and citizenship in post-revolutionary states.. In Damousi, J. and Ellinghaus, K. (Ed.), Citizenship, women and social justice: international historical perspectives. (pp. 93-103) Melbourne: Australian Network for Research in Women's History & Department of History, University of Melbourne.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Choi, S., Nieminen, T.A. and Manathunga, C. (2008). "What Brought you Here?" International Postgraduate Students' Perspectives. In: 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference. 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, Qld, (96-99). 16-19 June 2008.

  • Choi, S., Nieminen, T.A. and Manathunga, C. (2008). Postdoctoral and Early Career Research Work for Further Learning and Independence. In: 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference. 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, Qld, (91-95). 16-19 June 2008.

  • Morris, S. E., Beveridge, C. A. and Manathunga, C. (2007). Authorship and research higher degree training: Empowering students. In: Crisp, G. and Hicks, M., Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference. Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship. 30th HERDSA Annual Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (1-2). 8-11 July 2007.

  • Morris, S. E., Yeo, G., Frederiks, E. and Manathunga, C. (2007). Industry supervision: Research higher degree student's experiences and perspectives. In: Crisp, G. and Hicks, M., Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference. Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship. 30th HERDSA Annual Conference, Adelaide, (1-2). 8-11 July 2007.

  • Catherine Manathunga and Tai Peseta (2007). The anxiety of making academics over: Resistance and responsibility in academic development. In: Ian Morely, The value of knowledge: At the interface. 1st Global Conference on the value of knowledge, Sydney, Australia, (165-182). 12-14 February, 2007.

  • Manathunga, Catherine and MacKinnon, Dolly (2003). 'Worldmarks': Web guidelines for socially and culturally responsive assessment in university classrooms. In: Bill Cope and Mary Kalantiz, International Journal of Learning. New Learning: Proceedings of the Learning Conference 2002. Learning Conference 2002: The Ninth International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Beijing, China, (). 16-20 July 2002.

  • Manathunga, C. E. (2003). Developing interdisciplinary research graduates: educational opportunities and dilemmas. In: Peter L. Jeffery, Proceedings of the Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.. Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand., Auckland, New Zealand, (). 29 November - 3 December, 2003.

  • Manathunga, C. E. (2002). Detecting and Dealing with Early Warning Signs in Postgraduate Research Education: A work-in-progress. In: Margaret Kiley and Gerry Mullins, Quality in Postgraduate Research: Integrating Perspectives. International Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, 202, Adelaide, (80-88). 18-19 April 2002.

  • O'Brien, M., Manathunga, C. E. and Hughes, C. P. (2002). Professional development: Future journeys in a changing educational landscape. In: Problematic Futures: Educational Research in an Era of ... Uncertainty. International Conference for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), University of Queensland, Brisbane, (). 1-5 December, 2002.

  • Manathunga, Catherine E. and MacKinnon, Dolly (2001). Socially and culturally responsive assessment: Preparing students for the new economy. In: Knowledge demands for the new economy. Knowledge demands for the new economy., Parkroyal Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, (32-39-39). 3-5 December 2001.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Catherine Manathunga is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

Professor Catherine Manathunga is not currently available to take on new students.

  • The good governance agenda: a case of policy paradox in development?

    Ms Lorinne du Toit

  • Development of Non-Cognitive Attributes in Veterinary Science Graduates as an Indicator of Professional Success

    Mrs Patricia Clarke

  • Factors affecting the academic performance of international students in Pharmacy programs in Australia and the UK

    Ms Jacqueline Bond

  • Improving the quality of scholarship through deep approaches to learning: an African perspective

    Mr Tefera Tadesse Jimma