Associate Professor John Guenther

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (2.04)
GPO Box 362, Charles Darwin University, NT 0815

John is currently an adjunct Associate Professor with Flinders University. He specialises in educational research that intersects with remote First Nations communities.He supervises a number of post-graduate students and is focused on supporting publication of his students.He works collaboratively with researchers around Australia and is recognised for his work on 'red dirt thinking' as an alternative to deficit understandings of First Nations education in remote communities.

Between 2011 and 2016 John Guenther was the Principal Research Leader for the Remote Education Systems project with the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation. Over the last 17 years he has managed a number of research and evaluation projects in remote parts of Australia with an emphasis on education and training, family services, justice, child protection and family violence. Most of these projects have included work in remote Aboriginal communities or in regional contexts where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders have been involved. In these contexts, research and evaluation work is invariably complex because of the cross-cultural nature of the work. More details about his work are available at remote eduation systems.

PhD: Thesis title VET as a tool for regional planning and management: Case studies from Australian tropical savanna communities
B App Sc (App Chem)
Dip Th (Miss)
Key responsibilities

John is currently the Research Leader for Education and Training, employed by Batchelor Institute, based in Darwin. He manages several research projects in the Northern Territory.

Supervisory interests
Education policy
Education, Aboriginal
Education, Indigenous
Education, vocational
Educational and organisational innovation
Health and wellbeing resilience
Online learning
Remote education
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Culturally responsive curriculum, remote education, Indigenous education (1)
Associate supervisor: Initial teacher education, mobile learning, remote education, Indigenous education (1), Indigenous education, remote education, school retention, school completion (1), Education (4)
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Education - Aboriginal
Remote Education Systems
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