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Associate Professor, History and Curriculum Studies, University of Newcastle

Dr Heather Sharp is currently working on a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council that investigates intersections of historical consciousness and moral consciousness. The focus of this history didaktik project is History teaching in secondary schools. She is working will colleagues in Sweden and Finland for this four year funded project (2018-2021).

In 2016, Heather was awarded a competitive residency Fellowship to the prestigious Georg Eckert Institute in Germany. During this Fellowship, Heather researched ways educational media is used in History classrooms, innovative ways to teach history using ICT, and engaged in an analyse of national identity representations in History textbooks.

Heather Sharp is an Associate Professor with a focus on History curriculum within the School of Education, convenor of the History Network for Teachers and Researchers (HNTR); and a founder of Tertiary History Educators Australia (THEA). Her current research investigates the teaching of difficult and controversial pasts, the influence of public history in teaching, historical representations in school curriculum, particularly textbooks and also examines the written and visual texts in picture books that deal with conflict.


  • –present
    Lecturer, History and Curriculum Studies, University of Newcastle


  • 2011 
    University of Education, PhD / History Education