Background and activities

Teaching

Culture, English KfK 1-7, 5-10, 8-13

Sami Topics in School (starting Autumn 2021)

Interests

Indigenous peoples, both in Norway and internationally

Intercultural competence

Multiculturalism

Textbook and curriculum analysis

 

Research groups and stipends

Leader of research group: Indigenous Topics in Education

Member of research group: North American Studies

Receiver of Kvalifiseringsstipend fra Literacy-miljø 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

Language stipend from Sametinget, South Sami language. Both for own acquisition of language and for coursing at NTNU.

 

Activities

Diverse guest lectures

Chronicles in national newspapers

Development and distribution of teaching materials online

 

Education

Year

Faculty/department - University/institution - Country

2015
 

Master – Culture and language subject didactics– Hedmark University College (now Innland University College), Norway

1999

Teacher certification – Practical Pedagogical Education – University of Oslo, Norway

1996

Master of Arts (Cantab) - Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic – Cambridge University, United Kingdom


Positions - current and previous

Year

Job title – Employer - Country

2018-

Assistant professor, Norwegian University of Science and Teachnology (NTNU), Norway

2007-2018

Teacher, Gjøvik Upper Secondary School, Norway

2004-2007

Teacher, Raufoss Upper Secondary School, Norway

1999-2004

Teacher, diverse short term contracts in lower and upper secondary schools, Norway


Project management experience

Year

Project owner - Project - Role - Funder

2022

NTNU – South Sámi Language Stimulation Project – Leader -The Sami Parliament (Sametinget)

2021-2022

NTNU – Half day seminars in Sámi topics in education -Co-organizer - NTNU


Supervision of students

(Total number of students)

Master's students

Ph.D.
students

University/institution - Country

2

 

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


Other relevant professional experiences           

Year

Description - Role

2019-2022

Founder and leader of interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research group “Indigenous Topics in Education” at NTNU.

2020

Leader and co-organizer of successful application for new 7.5 student credit course “Sámi Topics in Schools” (LÆR2004) at NTNU.

 

Peer reviewed publications 

2022

Published article “Teaching about indigenous peoples in the EFL classroom: Practical approaches to the development of intercultural competence”, TESOL Journalhttps://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.645

2021

Published chapter “Developing Intercultural Competence through Textbooks – which lessons can be learnt from EFL textbooks in Norwegian schools?” in Mabel, V & Sangiamchit, C (Eds), Interculturality in English Language Teaching (Palgrave MacMillan)

 

Non peer-reviewed publications 

2021

Debate text in Midtnorsk Debatt on teaching about Sámi environmental conflicts in schools, “Rein og vind – Samiske miljøkamper i undervisning”: https://www.midtnorskdebatt.no/meninger/ordetfritt/2021/09/01/%C2%ABRein-og-vind%C2%BB-Samiske-milj%C3%B8kamper-i-undervisningen-24507316.ece?fbclid=IwAR1_3xym6AN6n6R3-iukR8J-VjYlkFQChCcAs7oqXIcurmLWgL_z-6qquoE

2021

 

Short text, “Lesson plan: indigenous peoples and environmental conflicts”, Social Responsibility Interest Section newsletter, TESOL International Association:       http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolsris/issues/2021-03-05/4.html

2021

Comment in Bedre skole, “Samiske tema i undervisning”, reproduced in Utdanningsnytt in May: https://www.utdanningsnytt.no/fagartikkel-minoritetsspraklige-barn-Sámisk/Samiske-tema-i-undervisningen--n-ukes-feiring-er-ikke-tilstrekkelig/286264

2020

Debate text in Adresseavisen, “Skolene må få økt kunnskap om samiske forhold”: https://www.midtnorskdebatt.no/meninger/ordetfritt/2020/10/20/Skolene-m%C3%A5-f%C3%A5-%C3%B8kt-kunnskapen-om-Samiske-forhold-22848900.ece

Cooperation with Utdanningsforbundet (teachers’ union) to make teaching materials for schools for Sámi Language Week: https://www.utdanningsforbundet.no/fylkeslag/trondelag/nyheter/nyheter/Sámisk-sprakuke-i-uke-43/?fbclid=IwAR0Or8erFvPyPVnJmmkanfEZmAlk8VAIz0L1CauZmfMFjc7cooI5Px9uyw8

2020

Article published in Bedre skole, “Urfolksperspektiver i fagfornyelsen”: https://www.utdanningsnytt.no/fagartikkel-fagfornyelse-laereplaner/urfolksperspektiver-i-fagfornyelsen/238509

2019

Debate text in Adresseavisen about the importance of learning about the Sámi in schools, in paper copy of newspaper only

 

 

Presentations and guest lectures

2022

Presentation “How is implicit content relating to Indigenous identity and cultural affiliation presented in textbooks in English and Social Studies for grades 5-7 in Norwegian schools?”,  Indigenous Research Conference: Research on Sámi Perspectives in Teacher Education and Pedagogy, Innland University College, Norway

2020

Presentation “The Sámi of Norway”, IB diploma workshop, Melbourne, Australia (online)

2019

Participant in a panel debate on “Sámi perspectives in the curriculum”, NTNU, Norway.

2019

Presentation “Good teaching resources on Indigenous peoples: What are they and how can they be used in the classroom?” at workshop for teachers, Holocaust Centre, Norway

2019

 

Presentation “How should textbooks used in English teaching in Norwegian schools teach pupils about Indigenous people’s history and culture?”, at DENOR Workshop – Decolonial Perspectives on Education, NTNU, Norway

2019

Guest lecture “What do we teach about Indigenous people? How should we teach about them?”, Multicultural Week, NTNU, Norway

2018

Presentation “Indigenous Knowledge in the Classroom” at workshop for teachers, Practical Pedagogies, Germany

2018

Presentation “Approaches to teaching about Indigenous peoples in Norwegian secondary schools”, at the seminar Colonial Entanglements: Institutions, Memory, Resistance, NTNU, Norway

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Murray, Helen Margaret. (2021) Intercultural Competence in the Curriculum and in Textbooks—Which Lessons Can Be Learnt from EFL Textbooks in Norwegian Schools?. Interculturality and the English Language Classroom.

Others

  • Murray, Helen Margaret. (2022) The Sámi of Norway - Sámi Languages. IB World Minority Language Day . IB School Stuttgart; 2022-02-21 - 2022-02-21.
  • Murray, Helen Margaret; Bakken, Anja Synnøve. (2022) How is implicit content relating to Indigenous identity and cultural affiliation presented in textbooks in English and Social Studies for grades 5-7 in Norwegian schools? ​ ​. Indigenous Research Conference . Høgskolen i Innlandet; Hamar. 2022-02-04 - 2022-02-04.
  • Murray, Helen Margaret. (2020) The Sámi of Norway. First Nations: Knowledge, Culture, Education . Ivanhoe Grammar School RAP Committee; Melbourne. 2020-12-02 - 2020-12-05.
  • Murray, Helen Margaret. (2019) How should textbooks used in English teaching in Norwegian schools teach pupils about Indigenous people's history and culture?. Decolonial Perspectives in Education . DENOR; Trondheim. 2019-04-04 - 2019-04-05.
  • Murray, Helen Margaret. (2019) What do we teach about Indigenous peoples? How should we teach about them?. Multicultural week GLU . ILU, NTNU; Trondheim. 2019-03-18 - 2019-03-22.
  • Murray, Helen Margaret. (2018) Approaches to teaching about Indigenous peoples in Norwegian secondary schools. Colonial Entanglements: Institutions, Memory, Resistance . Decolonial research group, NTNU; Trondheim. 2018-09-12 - 2018-09-13.