Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Elaine Sharplin


Elaine Sharplin
Full Professor
Office Phone:
+7 (7172)709371
School education



PhD in Education, 2009

University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia     

“Quality of worklife for rural and remote teachers: Perspectives of novice, interstate and overseas-qualified teachers”. Supervisors: Marnie O’Neill and Anne Chapman.


MEd Management, 1994

University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia 


Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDUC 705 Advanced Methods of Educational Research (Qualitative Methods)I 
  • EDUC 730 Preparation for Proposal Defense
  • EDSE 691 Thesis Seminar II
  • EDUC 675 Learning to Work


 Thematic areas:

School Education

Higher Education

 Research subthemes

Teacher Education – pre-service, early career development and continuing education, Teaching Professional Standards – the quality and status of the profession; Rural Education; Parent and Youth Educational Aspirations/Partnerships, English Education (literacy, curriculum development and pedagogy), Higher Education Teaching and Learning. Many of these topics intersect and relate more generally to issues associated with equity and diversity, experiences of disadvantage and internationalization.

 Geographic areas:

Australia, Asia, South Pacific, South America


Funded Projects:

  • 2016-2017   Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment: Standard Setting. Learning Sciences Institute of Australia Consortium
  • 2016   Twinning Project: Collaborating to Advance Life in the Tropics. University of Papua New Guinea/James Cook University
  • 2015   Education support & supplies (English & health/hygiene) to Rasuwa District, Kalikasthan, Nepal (November, 2015). Rotary Australia World Community Service (SR7-2015-16)
  • 2014    Community expectations and experiences of educational opportunities in a remote Peruvian village.
  • 2011-13 National Partnership for Improving Teacher Quality: Training Schools Project In collaboration with Murdoch University and Curtin University (Department of Education, WA).
  • 2012    Identifying inherent requirements to enhance practicum experiences and course outcomes in education with Robert Faulkner (University of Western Australia)
  • 2011    Equity Project 2: Equity in Education: Drawing on perspectives and understandings outside education (Australian College of Educators)
  • 2010    Developing Strategies at the Pre-service Level to Address Critical Teacher Attraction and Retention Issues in Australian Rural, Regional and Remote Schools A collaboration between The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University. (Australian Learning and Teaching Council).
  • 2010    Research Collaboration Award (The University of Western Australia)
  • 2010    National Rural Education Curriculum Writer for ALTC Project Renewing Rural and Regional Teacher Education Curriculum.
  • 2008    Impact Evaluation: Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Programme Evaluation (Department of Education and Training Western Australia)



  • Sharplin, E.D., Wake, D., & Howitt, C. (2017). Becoming a teaching professional: Ethical and legal issues. In J. Allen & S. White (Eds.), Teaching in a New Era. Cambridge Press.
  • Heffernan, A., Fogarty, R., & Sharplin, E.D. (2016). G“aim”ing to be a rural teacher: Improving pre-service teachers’ learning experiences in an online rural and remote teacher preparation course. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 26(2), pp. 49-61.
  •  Sharplin, E.D.  & Peden, S. & Marais, I. (2016). Making the grade: Describing inherent requirements for the Initial Teacher Education practicum.  Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2015.1105933  
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2014). Reconceptualising out-of-field teaching:  The experiences of rural teachers in Western Australia.  Educational Research. 56(1), 97-110. DOI: 10.1080/00131881.2013.874160
  • Bunney, D., Sharplin, E.D., & Howitt, C. (2014). Generic skills for graduate accountants: The bigger picture, a social and economic imperative. Higher Education Research and Development. 34(2), 256-269. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2014.956700 
  • Trinidad, S., Sharplin, E., Ledger, S., & Broadley, T. (2014). Connecting for innovation: Four universities preparing pre-service teachers to teach in rural, regional and remote Western Australia.  Journal of Research in Rural Education, 29(2).
  • Sharplin, E.D., McGowan, W., Fisher, C. (2013). Understanding equity in Health. In A. Reid & L. Reynolds (Eds.), Equity and Education: Exploring New Directions for Equity in Australian Education. Australian College of Educators.
  • Broadley, T., Sharplin, E., & Ledger, S. (2013). New frontiers or old certainties:  The pre-service teacher internship. In D.E.Lynch and T. Yeigh (Eds.) Teacher Education in Australia: Investigations into Programming, Practicum and Partnership. Tarragindi, Australia: Oxford Global Press, pp 94-108.
  • Morris, G., & Sharplin, E.D. (2013). The assessment of creative writing in senior secondary English: A colloquy concerning criteria. English in Education, 47, 49-65.
  • Trinidad, S., Sharplin, E., Lock, G., Ledger, S., Boyd, D., Terry, E., & Broadley, T. (2013). Regional resilience: Pre-service teacher preparation to teach in the bush. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 23(2), 45-52.
  • Broadley, T., Ledger, S. & Sharplin, E. (2013). Portals and platforms: Does the technology matter when developing an online community. In Herrington, J., Couros, A., & Irvine, V. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013 (pp. 1408 -1413). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Available from:
  • Trinidad, S., Broadley, T., Terry, E., Boyd, D., Lock, G., Byrne, M., Sharplin, E., & Ledger, S. (2012). Going bush: Preparing pre-service teachers to teach in regional Western Australia. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 22(1), 39-56.
  • Tuchaai, T., O’Neill, M., & Sharplin, E.D. (2012). Adapting to curriculum change: A theoretical framework informing the design and implementation of a curriculum intervention. English in Education, 46(2), 155-176.
  • Hastie, M., & Sharplin, E.D. (2012). Why did you choose that text? Influences on English Teachers’ choices of print texts. English in Australia, 47(2), 36-44.
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2011). How to be an English teacher and an English teacher educator: Spanning the boundaries between sites of learning. English in Australia, 46(2), 67-76.
  • Sharplin, E.D., O’Neill, M., & Chapman, A. (2011). Coping strategies for adaptation to rural teacher appointments: Intervention for retention. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(1), 135-145.
  • Trinidad, S., Sharplin, E., Lock, G., Ledger, S., Boyd, D., & Terry, E. (2011). Developing strategies at the pre-service level to address Critical Teacher Attraction and Retention Issues in Australian Rural, Regional and Remote Schools.  Education in Rural Australia, 21(1), 111-120. 
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2010). A Taste of Country: A pre-service teacher rural field trip. Rural Education in Australia. 20(1), 17-27.
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2009). Bringing Them In: The experiences of imported and overseas-qualified teachers. Australian Journal of Education, 53(2), pp192-206.
  • Fitzgerald, D., Sharplin, E.D., & Chapman, E. (2009). Evaluation of the Graduate Teacher Professional Learning Program. Perth, WA: UWA
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2009). Getting Them Out There: A Rural Education Field Trip. In Lyons, T., Choi, J-Y., & McPhan, G., ISFIRE 2009: International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education: Innovation for Equity in Rural Education. (pp. 215-224). SiMERR National Centre, UNE, Armidale NSW, Australia.
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2009). Quality of worklife for rural and remote teachers: A model of protective and risk factors. In Lyons, T., Choi, J-Y., & McPhan, G., ISFIRE 2009: International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education: Innovation for Equity in Rural Education. (pp. 205-214). SiMERR National Centre, UNE, Armidale NSW, Australia.
  • Sharplin, E.D. (2004). Stopping the flow: The quality of work life of rural and remote teachers. In L Smith & D. Riley (Eds.), Checking the Pulse - Selected papers from the 2004 National Educators Conference Perth. A Year book compiled by The University of New England. (Armidale, NSW: ACEA), pp. 201 - 215.
  • Sharplin E.D (2002). Rural retreat or outback hell: Pre-service teachers’ expectations of rural and remote teaching.  Issues in Educational Research, 12(1), 49-63.
  • Watson, M., Nicholson, L & Sharplin, E. (2001). Review of Research. Vocational Education and Training: Literacy and numeracy. Leabrook, SA: NCVER.
  • Corcoran, B., McKenna, A., McDonald, M., Griffin, P., Pitman, A., Wilson, E., Sharplin, E., & Hazel. S. (1996) Responsibilities, Expectations and Attitudes to Literacy Provision: Literacy networking at the CES/ Provider/Employer Interface.  Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.