Kerry Renwick

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Assistant Professor


Victoria University, 2008, Doctor of Philosophy
Monash University, 2005, Masters of Organisational Leadership
Monash University, 1993, Masters of Educational Studies


Dr Kerry Renwick has teaching experience in Australian secondary schools in the government, catholic and independent systems in the State of Victoria, Australia; in vocational education and training; and higher education. Kerry also has experience working in public health nutrition with Statewide responsibility for nutrition education in P-12 schools. Kerry has undertaken leadership in teacher professional associations including roles President, Treasurer and Editor of journals.Within her role at Victoria University, Kerry successfully introduced Home Economics as a secondary specialisation for pre-service teachers.

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Invited Presentations


2015, Drawing from Funds of Knowledge, Canadian Symposium XIII Proceedings: Issues and Directions in Home Economics / Human Ecology / Family Studies Education, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 27-28 and March 1, (paper) .

2013, ‘Run Fat Boy, Run’ and ‘Health literacy: the classroom as inner space’. Australian Association for Research in Education, Shaping Australian Education Research, Adelaide SA, 1-5 December, Paper and Symposium paper.

2012, ‘Health Literacy for current and imagined lives’ Australian Association for Research in Education, . Regional and Global Cooperation in educational research, Sydney, NSW November – December, Paper.

2012, ‘Health Promoting Schools a model of divergent discourses’. Qualitative Research Association, Embodying Good Research – What counts and Who decides?, Darwin NT, August, Paper.

2011, Dangerous readings: health literacy critically. Australian Association for Research in Education, Researching Across Boundaries, Tasmania, November – December, Paper.

2008, Metacognition and adaptive expertise: building research capability through effective use of online technology, NCVER No Frills Conference, University of Tasmania, July. Paper presented with Burrows, J.

2007, The Health Promoting School – life in the metaphysical. 19th IUPHE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education – Vancouver Canada, June. Paper.

2007, Understanding worlds of thought and worlds of practice. AVETRA Annual Conference, Victoria University Melbourne, April. Paper.

2004, ‘The Health Promoting School – life in the metaphysical’. Teaching and Research Conference – Teaching and Research Partnerships in Health and Education, Victoria University, November. Paper.

2004, Habits: derivations and conjugations. 18th IUPHE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education – Health2004, VicHealth, Melbourne, April. Paper.

2003, Teachers reflecting and teacher reflections. AVETRA Annual Conference, Sydney, April. Paper, co-presentation with Bernadette Stumpf.

2002, Learning to learn online. VISTA Annual Conference, Lorne, May and AVETRA Annual Conference, Adelaide, March. Paper.

1999, Telling tales, hearing voices. Australian Association of Research in Education, Biennial Conference, Melbourne, December. Paper.

1998, Politics, Professional Development and Assessment: stories from the battlefront. UMTC, Assessment in Vocational Education and Training, The University of Melbourne, September. Paper.

1997, Have we got there yet?: a saga of Health Promoting Schools. Australian Association of Research in Education, Biennial Conference, Brisbane, December. Paper.

1997, Health Promoting Schools: the Right way? 3rd National Health Promoting Schools Conference, Canberra, November. Paper.

1997, Food and Nutrition Education: education or health? Home Economics Association of Australia National Conference, Melbourne, March. Workshop.

1997, Health Promoting Schools. Health Education Association of Victoria, Statewide Conference, Melbourne, August. Workshop.

Selected Publications

Publication – Journal

Renwick, K. (2014). Critical health literacy: shifting textual-social practices in the health classroom, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 5:3, 201-216, DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2014.940808

Corcoran, T. & Renwick, K. (2014) Editorial. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Critical health literacies? Introduction, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 5:3, 197-199, DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2014.940807

Renwick, K. (in press). Understanding the Health Promoting School through bricolage. Qualitative Research Journal.

Renwick, K. 2013. Critical Reading in Health Literacy, International Journal of Literacies 19 (2) pp. 99 – 107.

Renwick, K. 2013. Food literacy as a form of critical pedagogy: Implications for curriculum development and pedagogical engagement for Australia’s diverse student population. Home Economics Victoria Journal 52 (20) pp. 6 – 17.

Renwick, K. 2009. ‘Making it real: Authentic achievement in design orientated vocational learning’. Proceedings of the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media International Conference: Cumulus 38° South : Hemispheric shifts across learning teaching and research, Swinburne University and RMIT, November 12-14, 2009. (Refereed paper) Available from:

Publications – Books

Renwick, K. 1994. Chapter 5 ‘Developing Personal Skills – nutrition’, Facing Up: gender stereotyping and young people, Curriculum Corporation, Melbourne.

Renwick, K. (ed) 1993. Food and Nutrition in the VCE. Victorian Food and Nutrition Program, Victorian Home Economics and Textile Teachers’ Association, Science Teachers’ Association, Commercial Teachers’ Association, Australian Studies Teachers’ Association, and Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation.

Renwick, K. and Woods, J. 1990. Dietary Guidelines for Goodness Sake, Melbourne: Victorian Food and Nutrition Program.

Edwards, K. 1988. Peace Education, convener and writer of Personal Development section, published by the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne Diocese.

Edwards, K. and Steer, G.1984. Focus on Human Development and Society, Melbourne: Macmillian.

Students Supervised


Rose, Elaine, 2012. The Influence of the International Sustainable Development Framework and Neoliberal Dominance on Environmental Education in the Australian State of Victoria. Victoria University.

DeCleva, Vivienne, 2014. The influence of a student centred approach to teaching on the achievement of students’ career goals and personal aspirations. Victoria University.

Hatton, Sue, 2015. Education and Policy: A snapshot of policy evolution, how it is perceived and the reality of its function as a social equaliser in the education sector. Victoria University.

Combs, Terry, 2015. From being to becoming: learning our way out of unsustainability. Victoria University.


Hubner, Marilyn (completing August 2015), Constructing Safety: A Global Ethnography into Construction Workers Attitudes towards Health & Safety Training. Victoria University. Co-supervision with Dr Mark Vicars.