Professor John Guenther

Adjunct Professor, Nulungu Research Institute

PhD, B App Sc (App Chem), Dip Th(Miss)

Email: John.Guenther@nd.edu.au
Phone: 08 9192 0670

  • Biography

    John Guenther is currently the Research Leader - Education and Training with Batchelor Institute, based in Darwin, NT. John Guenther is focused on building an evidence base for policy and practice, mainly in fields related to education and training, particularly as they intersect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Research is not just about finding out new and interesting information. It is also about applying it to the lived experiences of people. It is about challenging assumptions and dispelling myths. It should be useful and helpful, not just to those who fund it and do it, but to those who are involved in the context of the research. To that end, John is committed to building research capacity through supervision, collaborative research projects and through good professional and ethical practice. John has worked as a researcher and evaluator in remote Australian contexts—particularly the Northern Territory—for the last 13 years on issues related to education, training, families and children, justice, child protection and domestic violence. He has also worked as an adult learning practitioner in community education, vocational education and higher education sectors.

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Education and Training systems
    Adult learning and vocational education and training policy and practice, particularly as it intersects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their aspirations
    Family and children strengthening programs and services
  • Book chapters

    • McMurty, J., Lovell, J., Zoellner, D., & Guenther, J. (Forthcoming). Contemporary Aboriginal settlements: Understanding mixed-market approaches. In A. Taylor (Ed.), Settlements at the Edge: Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations: Edward Elgar Publishing.
    • Guenther, J. (2015). Analysis of National Test Scores in Very Remote Australian Schools: Understanding the Results through a Different Lens. In H. Askell-Williams (Ed.), Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research (pp. 125-143). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
    • Guenther, J. (2011). Vocational Learning in the Frame of a Developing Identity. In R. Catts, I. Falk & R. Wallace (Eds.), Vocational Learning: Innovative Theory and Practice. New York: Springer.
    • Guenther, J., & Arvier, M. (2010). Mobile Family Resource Service for Parents and Young Children. In E. Bell & J. Merrick (Eds.), Rural Child Health: International Aspects (pp. 125-134). New York: Nova Biomedical Books.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • McRae-Williams, E., Guenther, J., Jacobson, D., & Lovell, J. (2016). What are the enablers of economic participation in remote and very remote Australia, and how can we identify them? Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Synthesis & Integration(19), 6-25. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18793/LCJ2016.19.02
    • Guenther, J., Disbray, S., & Osborne, S. (2015). Building on ‘Red Dirt’ Perspectives: What Counts as Important for Remote Education? Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(2), 194-206. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jie.2015.20
    • Guenther, J., Halsey, J., & Osborne, S. (2015). From Paradise to beyond: Geographical constructs and how they shape education in the ‘bush’. . Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 25(3).
    • Guenther, J., Osborne, S., Arnott, A., & McRae-Williams, E. (2015). Hearing the voice of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training stakeholders using research methodologies and theoretical frames of reference. Race Ethnicity and Education, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2015.1110294
    • Guenther, J. (2014). Measuring the unmeasured in educational programs: filling in the blanks through evaluation. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 14(Special Issue: Evaluation), 204-222.
    • Guenther, J., Bat, M., & Osborne, S. (2014). Red dirt thinking on remote educational advantage. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 24(1), 51-67.
    • Guenther, J., Disbray, S., & Osborne, S. (2014). Digging up the (red) dirt on education: one shovel at a time. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (Special Edition), 17(4), 40-56.
    • Guenther, J., & Galbraith, M. (2014). Learning from evaluations of school-family strengthening programs: Lessons for all. Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 14(2), 42.
  • Conference papers

    • McRae-Williams, E., & Guenther, J. (2016). Our North, Whose Future? Paper presented at the Developing Northern Australia Conference 2016, Darwin. 20-22 June 2016. Guenther, J., & McRae-Williams, E. (2015). The training and employment challenge of remote communities: Is collaboration the solution? Paper presented at the AVETRA 18th Annual Conference, Melbourne. 10 April 2015. Retrieved from http://avetra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/50.docx
    • Guenther, J., Milgate, G., O'Beirne, P., & Osborne, S. (2014). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aspirations and expectations of schooling in very remote Australian schools. Paper presented at the AARE Conference Proceedings, Queensland University of Technology Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane. 1-4 December 2014. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/data/publications/2014//data/2014_Conference/Full_papers/GUENTHER_14.pdf
    • Guenther, J., Osborne, S., Arnott, A., McRae-Williams, E., & Disbray, S. (2014). Amplifying the voice of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander VET stakeholders using research methodologies: Volume 1. Paper presented at the AVETRA 17th International Conference, Surfers Paradise. 22-24 April 2013. Retrieved from http://avetra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Abstract-33.pdf
    • McRae-Williams, E., & Guenther, J. (2014). Learning Pathways for Economic Enterprise in Remote Aboriginal Communities: Are Certificate IIIs the ticket? Paper presented at the AVETRA 17th International Conference, Surfers Paradise. 22-24 April 201. Retrieved from http://avetra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Abstract-151.pdf