Dr Graeme Bourke

Senior Lecturer, Social Science Education - School of Education; Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education

Graeme Bourke

Phone: +61 2 6773 2832

Email: gbourke3@une.edu.au


Graeme Bourke is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Education and the Team Leader of the Social Science Education Team at UNE.

Dr Bourke studied at Sydney University from 1973-76, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education. He taught History at various secondary schools, both state and independent, in NSW and Queensland from 1977 until 2003. In 2002, after years of part-time external study, he was awarded an Honours degree in ancient Greek history from the University of New England and in 2004 moved to Armidale to continue studying. He was awarded a PhD in 2008, returning to full-time work as a Lecturer in the School of Education in 2009. Since then, he has published in the fields of ancient Greek history and historical pedagogy. In January 2015, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer.


BA (Univ. Syd.), Dip. Ed. (Univ. Syd.), BA Hons. (UNE), PhD (UNE)

Teaching Areas

Social Science Curriculum and Pedagogy

Research Interests

Historical Pedagogy
Ancient Greek history, in particular the Archaic and Classical Peloponnese
Ancient Greek language


Elis: a history (in preparation for Taylor and Francis, London)

'Sophism and Philosophy in Pseudo-Plutarch On the Training of Children' (accepted for publication in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 8040 words)

'The Eleian Mantic gene', Antichthon 48 (2014) 14-36

'How to Produce the Ideal Son: the unhidden curriculum in Pseudo-Plutarch On the Training of Children', Educational Philosophy and Theory 46.10 (2014), 1174-86

Review of Powell, J., Love's Obsession: the lives and archaeology of Jim and Eve Stewart (Kent Town SA, 2013), Buried History 49 (2013) 57-8

'Iconic Artworks as Stimuli for Engaging School Students in their National History: a priority in pre-service teacher education', Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education 17.1 (2013) 183-92

'The Eleian asylia: a defence of the ancient texts', Hermes 139.4 (2011) 413-30

'Bakkhylides 11 and the Rule of the "Slaves" at Argos', Chiron 41 (2011) 125-48

'The Statue of Zeus at Olympia and the polis of the Eleians', in J. McWilliam, et al. (edd), The Statue of Zeus at Olympia: new approaches (Newcastle upon Tyne, 2011, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) 9-22

'Promoting, Developing and Sustaining Good History Learning and Teaching', (with P. Reitano) Teaching History 43 (2009) 25-8


The Australasian Society for Classical Studies
The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
The Centre for Peloponnesian Studies, University of Nottingham