Dr Ben van Gelderen

MEd- CDU, BA/LLB - UNSW, Dip. Ed- UNE

Completed PhD

Ben van Gelderen is a Lecturer in Education; Co-ordinator of the Growing Our Own project at CDU. This innovative program is a joint partnership with the Catholic Education Office Northern Territory for remote, Indigenous Initial Teacher Education (ITE).
Ben began working life in the legal field but much preferred passing on his love of literature and language to high school students. He has worked as an English teacher, Chaplain, Teacher/Linguist, EAL/D consultant and Curriculum Advisor in Independent and Catholic schools across NSW and NT.

PhD Project Title

Gäwa Christian School: a ‘best of both worlds’ multidisciplinary history.

Research Interests

  • History and impact of Missionary movement in remote, Indigenous communities.
  • Yolŋu ‘bothways’ philosophy of education
  • Yolŋu language revitalisation programs
  • History of pre-Macassan contact in Arnhem Land

Supervisors

Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal Supervisor (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)
Right Reverend Dr. Greg Anderson (Bishop, Anglican Church Northern Territory)
Ms. Kathy Guthadjaka (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)

Link to Research Publications

Ben van Gelderen

Contacts

T: 0481 065 008
E: ben.vangelderen@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT