Mr Stephen Brinton

Mr Stephen Brinton

Lecturer in Education; Program Director: Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary)/Diploma of Arts

Stephen studied for three years at theological college and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland prior to training as a primary teacher and then as a teacher-librarian. Initially teaching in public schools, he then worked in the Christian school sector for more than 20 years as a curriculum officer, principal, head of primary and teacher-librarian in a number of Christian schools. Stephen's achievements during this time were the writing of curriculum for schools including a Bible syllabus entitled K-6 Bible Teaching Program and also units of work for HSIE Discovering the Great South Land, and Settling a New Land; and Science from a Christian perspective called God Created the Heavens; the establishment of policies, support structures and professional training for staff in libraries for new Christian schools; and, the relocation and renewal of a small Christian school. 

Prior to joining the staff at Alphacrucis College, Stephen was an adjunct lecturer in Christian tertiary education. At Alphacrucis College he is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Education program. In this role, he helped develop and establish the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and developed and established the Bachelor of Education (Secondary). 

Currently, he is doing a PhD at the University of Newcastle entitled "Transformational Education: A case study of three Christian schools", researching how three diverse Christian schools engage their students in understanding and applying the transformational teachings of the Bible to their lives. 

Stephen is a member of the Australian College of Educators.   

Qualifications

PhD (cand) (University of Newcastle)
Dissertation Title Transformational Education: A case study of three Christian schools 2022

Masters of Educational Studies (Christian College of Higher Education) 1998

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (North Brisbane College of Advanced Education) 1979

Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland) 1978

Associate Diploma in Theology (Baptist Theological College of Queensland) 1978

Research Interests

Stephen's current research interests are education, the Christian school movement in Australia, biblical foundations for Christian schooling, worldviews and their impact on education.

Field of Research

  • 1301 Education Systems
  • 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
  • 1399 Other Education

Book

  • 1990
    • Brinton, S; Dixon, S, Berg, van den S (1990). Discovering the Great South Land. Christian Community Schools Ltd, Wentworthville, Sydney.
  • 1989
    • Brinton. S (1989). Bible Teaching Program. Christian Community Schools Ltd, Wentworthville, Sydney.
  • 1988
    • Brinton, S (1988). God created the heavens. Christian Community Schools Ltd, Wentworthville, Sydney.

Journal Article

  • 2016
    • Brinton, S. (2016). Learning again what it is to teach. Eternity, 75 16.
    • Brinton, S. (2016). Transformational Education or Not!. Crucis, . | Link to journal

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association (since 2014)

Australian Christian Schools Library Network (since 2015)

Australian College of Educators (since 2017)

Australian Library and Information Association (since 2012)

Christian Educators’ Professional Association (since 2013)

Scholarly Christian Educatiors’ Group (since 2015)

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