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Megan Pedler Associate Lecturer 07 5589 3156
School of Education Mrs Megan leads units in both the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and the Master of Teaching (MTeach) for English (Foundation Year), secondary English curriculum and English as an Additional Language. She is the Deputy Course Coordinator (Secondary) in the School of Education. As Megan teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students she is especially interested in developing pre-service teachers? understandings of how to teach inclusively to engage all students by understanding the diversity of learners' needs. She is currently completing a PhD in the School of Education with a focus on teacher pedagogy and student engagement. Megan is an experienced educator and has taught in secondary schools, and as a specialist teacher in primary schools, both in Australia and abroad. She is also a Professional Experience Adviser which provides the opportunity to support students while on placement in schools learning the practicalities of becoming a teacher. BA(UQ), BEd(UQ), MEd(UNSW) Megan BA(UQ), BEd(UQ), MEd(UNSW) Gold Coast
Jemma Peisker Associate Lecturer 07 5589 3468
School of Education Dr BEd(Hons), BFineArts, BFineArts(Hons), GDipEd, PhD(SCU) Jemma BEd(Hons), BFineArts, BFineArts(Hons), GDipEd, PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Alicia Phillips Associate Lecturer
School of Education Mrs BEd(EarlyChildhood)(Hons)(CSU) Alicia BEd(EarlyChildhood)(Hons)(CSU) Gold Coast
Bradley Shipway Lecturer 07 5589 3390
School of Education Dr BT(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Bradley BT(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Lisa Siegel Associate Lecturer 02 6659 8014
School of Education Ms BA(SFSU), MA(CU), MA(UWS) Lisa BA(SFSU), MA(CU), MA(UWS) Coffs Harbour
Jubilee Smith Associate Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 0266203792
School of Education Mrs BTeach(SCU), GradDipEd(SCU), MEd(SCU) Jubilee BTeach(SCU), GradDipEd(SCU), MEd(SCU) Lismore
Angela Turner Lecturer 02 6659 3110
School of Education Dr Angela Turner is a lecturer in the School of Education. She is a world-class leader in Design and Technology education. She has provided ongoing research excellence to the field, building specialist research in Food Technology education through publications in double blind peer reviewed journals, book chapters and conference papers. Angela has also designed and collaborated on a variety of funded research projects. She has contributed to the scholarship of teaching at PhD, Masters and Honours level and is available to supervise Honours and higher degree research students (Masters and PhD). Angela?s research is interested in the multifaceted relationship between human agency, technology choice, ecology as a material resource, and sustainable preferred futures. Her specialist research area is defined through Technacy Genre Theory (TGT). Angela's research output informs the program of teaching she is responsible for as these are equal fields of inquiry that feed off each other ? how we conceptualise technological and scientific knowledge as it relates to food in education settings from teacher education through to higher education and industry based professional development. Angela's program of research bases itself from her PhD. A significant outcome of the research quantitatively validated the underpinning proposition of three key elements consistent in any technological or scientific activity: Human agency, tools, materials and the environment. TGT has proven to be useful in determining the demarcation between the Humanities and Sciences disciplines in advancing assessment practice and planning efficiencies for interdisciplinary teaching. The research opens up the possibility of developing innovative new models of STEM learning and assessment strategies across school curriculum as well as within an array of interdisciplinary professional fields. Angela?s current research involves design-led innovation across rural and remote school communities. Core to this includes cross-cultural food ontological framings on food science and technology, food engineering and mathematics (STEM) that support innovative interdisciplinary teaching, learning, assessment and sustainable practice. RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS: Angela is a member of the Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster; Australian Institute Food Science and Technology Incorporated; Food Technology Association of Australia. BTechEd(Hon)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Angela BTechEd(Hon)(SCU), PhD(SCU) Coffs Harbour
Geoff Woolcott Associate Professor +61 2 6620 3400
School of Education Associate Professor GradDipBiolSc(UNSW), GradDipTeach(QUT), PhD(UNSW), PhD(UNSW) Geoff GradDipBiolSc(UNSW), GradDipTeach(QUT), PhD(UNSW), PhD(UNSW) Lismore
Tony Yeigh Senior Lecturer +61 2 6620 3659
School of Education Dr Dr Tony Yeigh is a lecturer in the School of Education, teaching in the areas of educational psychology and classroom management. He has a background in Special Education support, and has had extensive consultancies with the NSW DET in relation to the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP). Dr Yeigh has a keen research interest in the area of working memory (WM) and classroom instructional design, and in this respect his PhD thesis examined the relationship between cognitive load and cognitive inhibition, an executive function of the WM system. Dr Yeigh is a research associate with the Centre for Children and Young People (SCU), and a member of the Association for Mindfulness in Education (AME) and the Teacher Education Research Group (SCU). He is also leader of the School of Education Learning Sciences Research Group (LSRG, cf., which focuses on the cognitive-psychological, social-psychological and cultural-psychological foundations of human learning, as well as on the teaching/learning nexus and the design of positive learning environments. As leader of the LSRG, Dr Yeigh is particularly interested in exploring research in the areas of classroom behaviour, emotion and affect in teaching and learning, and social-emotional well-being, and on this basis welcomes inquiries from students wishing to undertake postdoctoral studies in education that have a similar focus. For recent publications, please visit his Personal Research Page: BA(PUC), BPsych(Hons)(UNE), GradDipEd(SCU), PhD(SCU) Tony BA(PUC), BPsych(Hons)(UNE), GradDipEd(SCU), PhD(SCU) Lismore
Chris Zehntner Lecturer
School of Education Dr PhD(UTAS) Chris PhD(UTAS) Gold Coast