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Grant Kleeman (coordinating geography author) is an experienced teacher educator, geography teacher, author, curriculum consultant and examiner. Grant has been closely involved in the development of the geography curriculum at the state and national level. He is the coordinating author of several texts, including the Pearson Geography series and the senior geography Global Interactions series.

Dr Trish Weekes is a specialist in subject-specific literacy in secondary schooling. She is an experienced secondary school teacher and curriculum coordinator. Trish has a PhD in secondary school literacy, and is a senior lecturer and researcher in literacy and teacher development. She also works as a literacy consultant in secondary schools in Victoria and publishes literacy resources for Literacy Works. Recently, Trish was a literacy adviser for the Pearson Science textbooks for years 7-10. 

Jessica Battersby has been teaching for nearly ten years including teaching English and humanities to students in years 7-12 at Koonung Secondary College and Camberwell High School, interrupted by a year teaching in London.

John Butler OAM is an experienced, geography teacher and accomplished textbook author.

Peter Byrne began writing professionally back in 1999. Since then, he has worked in a freelance capacity developing textbooks, examinations, online material and teaching/assessment programs, with his main focus being humanities in Years 7-12. Peter has been published within Australia and overseas. Peter is a teacher by profession, but is also heavily involved in coach development working with Cricket Australia.

Mohan Dhall is a high school teacher of business, legal and economics, and a university lecturer. He runs several companies and a charity. Mohan has authored or co-authored over 60 books on business, economics and legal studies.

James Fiford is an experienced educator who has taught English, history and civics and citizenship in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts. He has served as a Head of History at secondary level, taught history in the Master of Teaching program at the University of Melbourne, and for six years was Executive Officer of Social Education Victoria, a professional teacher association, for whom he published 12 titles in support of VCE Australian and global politics and VCE sociology. He has worked extensively as an education consultant in the areas of Australian Indigenous history, pedagogy, formative assessment and curriculum design. James has written articles in various education journals and has written, and reviewed, curriculum for the VCAA and ACARA in the areas of history,civics and citizenship, politics and sociology. 

David Hamper is an experienced geography educator and is currently Deputy Principal at International Grammar School, Sydney. David has also contributed to several geography texts including the Pearson Geography series and the senior geography Global Interactions series.

Eloise Haynes commenced her teaching career at Camberwell High School in 2008, recently moving to become assistant principal of learning and teaching at Hampton Park Secondary College. Whilst predominantly an accounting and business management teacher, she has also taught economics, humanities and IT. Her passion is to connect students’ experiences to the wider world, guiding them in their exploration of their own economic and civic interactions, and how this connects them to the responsibilities of being active and informed citizens. She has previously published texts designed to support the VCE and HSC business courses, as well as resources to support junior students connect with basic financial and economic concepts. She hopes her contribution to this text will help students be curious about, and see the importance of civics and citizenship in our increasingly connected world.

Brigid Howell has been teaching for seven years including a stint at a language school, six years teaching english and humanities to students in years 7-12 at Camberwell High School, now teaching literacy and numeracy to students in the Youth Justice system.

Rod Lane is a lecturer in education at Macquarie University. He is one of Australia's leading geographical education researchers, and an experienced geography teacher, teacher educator and textbook author.

Kate Mellor has worked in education in both Victoria and Queensland during the last fifteen years. Kate began her career as a classroom teacher specialising in the areas of History, geography, business, economics and Legal Studies. Throughout her time in education, Kate has undertaken many leadership roles within schools and is currently undertaking a role as Director of Curriculum: Pedagogy and Practice. Kate has worked for many professional organisations including VCAA and thrives on the opportunity to shape and develop curriculum materials and resources for the secondary school context. Kate’s experience and qualifications have afforded her the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge from a vast array of areas, which enable her to engage with content in a diverse manner.

Ingrid Purnell is a former teacher with 10 years' experience as a writer, editor and publisher of student and teacher resources. A former Executive Officer of the History Teachers' Association of Victoria, she has co-created award-winning digital resources for the ABC and been a curriculum writer and expert panel member for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Andrew Peters is a highly accomplished, geography teacher. He has co-authored a number of geography textbooks.

Amanda Ritter has been a secondary commerce teacher for over 20 years and is now teaching teachers. With many high scoring VCE students and experience in mentoring other staff and pre-service teachers as a master teacher, regular presentations for teacher professional development, online mentoring of teachers new to VCE business management, and a Masters in Education (Adult Learning Global) focused on workplace learning and change leadership. Amanda is an Edrolo online presenter for VCE Business Management and also wrote the Unit 3 and 4 student activity book. Amanda is currently the Commerce Coordinator for the Master of Teaching course at the Melbourne University Graduate School of Education.

Helen Rhodes is an experienced geography educator and is currently a Master Assisting in Geography at Shore, North Sydney. Helen has also contributed to several geography texts including the Pearson Geography series and the senior geography Global Interactions series.

Sharon Szczecinski has more than 25 years of experience in education and curriculum development. She has worked as a journalist, educator (at primary, secondary and tertiary levels), and curriculum developer in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has been a secondary HASS Head of Department, managed education programs in the mining and media industries and developed tertiary learning programs for undergraduate and postgraduate teachers. She has delivered professional development to teachers and students and authored and co-authored more than 30 textbooks, activity books and teacher resources. She has written extensively in the media. Sharon currently writes as a freelance author.


Student Books

Pearson Humanities Victoria 7 Student Book

Geography Coordinating Author: Grant Kleeman
Contributors:
Penny Addison
Paige Amor
Catherine Arends
Xenofon Arvanitis
Jessica Battersby
Peter Byrne
Susan Caldis
Mohan Dhall
James Fiford
David Hamper
Brigid Howell
Christine Morrow
Ingrid Purnell
Helen Rhodes
Amanda Ritter
Vanessa Smith
Sharon Szczecinski
Kim Wilson

Pearson Humanities Victoria 8 Student Book

Geography Coordinating Author: Grant Kleeman
Contributors:
Penny Addison
Paige Amor
Catherine Arends
Alan Atkinson
Jess Battersby
Peter Byrne
Mohan Dhall
David Hamper
Brigid Howell
Brigid James
Renee Preval-Mann
Ingrid Purnell
Max Quanchi
Helen Rhodes
Amanda Ritter
Christine Smith
Vanessa Smith
Rebecca Stephens
Sharon Szczecinski
David van Tol
Kim Wilson

Pearson Humanities Victoria 9 Student Book

Geography Coordinating Author: Grant Kleeman
Contributors:
Penny Addison
Paige Amor
Jessica Battersby
Peter Bromhead
Peter Byrne
John Butler
Mohan Dhall
Galit Dresden
James Fiford
David Hamper
Eloise Haynes
Brigid Howell
Rod Lane
Tibor Lendvai
Kate Mellor
Christine Morrow
Andrew Peters
Ingrid Purnell
Helen Rhodes
Amanda Ritter
Vanessa Smith
Sharon Szczecinski
David Van Tol

Pearson Humanities Victoria 10 Student Book

Geography Coordinating Author: Grant Kleeman
Contributors:
Jessica Battersby
Peter Bromhead
Peter Byrne
Mohan Dhall
James Fiford
David Hamper
Eloise Haynes
Brigid Howell
Brigid James
Rod Lane
Kate Mellor
Andrew Peters
Renee Preval-Mann
Ingrid Purnell
Helen Rhodes
Sharon Sczcecinski
Christine Smith
Vanessa Smith
Rebecca Stephens
Kim Wilson


Lightbook Starter

Pearson Humanities Victoria 7, 8, 9 and 10 Lightbook Starter
Peter Byrne
Sharon Sczcecinski


 

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