SCU Staff Directory
Dr Angela Turner
Current Appointment: Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Education
Telephone: 02 6659 3110
Angela Turner is a lecturer in the School of Education. She is a world-class leader in Design and Technology education. She has provided ongoing research excellence to the field, building specialist research in Food Technology education through publications in double blind peer reviewed journals, book chapters and conference papers. Angela has also designed and collaborated on a variety of funded research projects. She has contributed to the scholarship of teaching at PhD, Masters and Honours level and is available to supervise Honours and higher degree research students (Masters and PhD). Angela’s research is interested in the multifaceted relationship between human agency, technology choice, ecology as a material resource, and sustainable preferred futures. Her specialist research area is defined through Technacy Genre Theory (TGT). Angela's research output informs the program of teaching she is responsible for as these are equal fields of inquiry that feed off each other — how we conceptualise technological and scientific knowledge as it relates to food in education settings from teacher education through to higher education and industry based professional development. Angela's program of research bases itself from her PhD. A significant outcome of the research quantitatively validated the underpinning proposition of three key elements consistent in any technological or scientific activity: Human agency, tools, materials and the environment. TGT has proven to be useful in determining the demarcation between the Humanities and Sciences disciplines in advancing assessment practice and planning efficiencies for interdisciplinary teaching. The research opens up the possibility of developing innovative new models of STEM learning and assessment strategies across school curriculum as well as within an array of interdisciplinary professional fields. Angela’s current research involves design-led innovation across rural and remote school communities. Core to this includes cross-cultural food ontological framings on food science and technology, food engineering and mathematics (STEM) that support innovative interdisciplinary teaching, learning, assessment and sustainable practice. RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS: Angela is a member of the Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster; Australian Institute Food Science and Technology Incorporated; Food Technology Association of Australia.