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My research and teaching focuses on preparing preservice Geography teachers and the disciplinary area of Geography. My overarching goal is to instil in my students a deep passion for Geography and Geography education

Dr Wendy Harte is a Lecture in Geography and History Education at Griffith University. She teaches primary, junior secondary and senior Geography on the Mt Gravatt campus. Wendy is actively engaged with the Queensland Geography Teachers’ Association and the Institute of Australian Geographers. Wendy's geographic research foci includes African refugee migration and hazard risk reduction in squatter/ informal communities. Her geography education research focuses on preservice teachers' geographic competencies.

Dr Wendy Harte

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Geography and History Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Geography Education
  • Geography Curriculum
  • Geography Pre-Service Teachers
  • Human Geography

Industry Experience

  • Professional Memberships: Geography Teachers' Association of Queensland; Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Service Roles: Equity Committee School of Education and Professional Studies Griffith University; Co-opted Member of the Geography Teachers' Association of Queensland Committee

Research Expertise

Wendy’s most recent focus is on preparing preservice Geography teachers in initial teacher education programs. Her PhD was in the area of Human Geography. In addition to her publications of geography preservice teacher, she has also published on refugee migration and disaster management in squatter settlements. Wendy's research highlights include:

  • Doing Geography: Evaluating an Independent Geographic Inquiry Assessment Task in an Initial Teacher Education Program

Year: 2016                                         Journal: Journal of Geography

  • Pre-service geography teachers' confidence in geographical subject matter knowledge and teaching geographical skills. 

Year: 2015                                         Journal: International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education

  • Barriers to risk reduction: Dontse Yakhe, South Africa

Year: 2015                                         Journal: Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal

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