Research highlights

Current Australian Research Council (ARC) projects

Young people with cognitive disability: relationships and paid support

This project aims to improve the rights and wellbeing of young people with cognitive disability by exploring their relationship and interaction with paid support workers. The introduction of national individualised funding and support is a watershed in Australian disability policy.

Understanding the role that paid support plays in the ongoing identity development of these young people is urgently needed to realise national policy aspirations for people with disability of rights, choice, inclusion and independence. Using social geography and recognition theory, the project expects to deliver new understanding and improved practice around how paid support relationships can foster mutual care, respect and value at a critically important time in young people's lives.


Dr Sally Robinson
Professor Anne Graham
Associate Professor Karen Fisher (University of New South Wales)
Professor Kelley Johnson (University of New South Wales)
Gordon Duff (National Disability Services)
Terri Mears (Northcott Disability Services)
Dr Edward Hall (University of Dundee)
NSW Department of Family, Communities, Ageing, Disability and Home Care


ARC Linkage Grant: $360,900.00 (2015 round)

Addressing the tensions between the protection of children and their participation in research

There is a growing consensus that children's involvement in social research is important, but considerable uncertainty remains around children's inclusion in research on 'sensitive' issues, reflecting concerns about how to balance children's protection with their participation. Key to this are deeply embedded assumptions and beliefs about children and childhood, especially concerning notions of capacity, agency, vulnerability, dependency and the like. This project aims to better understand and address the tensions between the protection of children and their participation in research, and to explore how ethics committees, parents, other gatekeepers and children themselves manage and navigate these tensions.


Professor Anne Graham (School of Education, SCU)
Professor Morag McArthur(ACU)
Dr Merle Spriggs
Dr Jennifer Chalmers


ARC Discovery Grant: $335,500.00 (2014 round).

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ARC Discovery projects funding outcomes

Promoting healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula: Addressing the Ben10™ problem

This project is about engaging early childhood educators and children to develop curricula interventions that support and integrate children's learning about healthy eating, active play and sustainability.


Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (School of Education, SCU)
Professor Helen Skouteris (Deakin, Administering Organisation)
Associate Professor Susan Edwards (ACU)
Dr Leonie Rutherford (Deakin)


ARC Discovery Grant: $233,343.00 (2013 round).

The project falls under the field of research code 1301 (education systems). A total of nine ARC Discovery projects were funded in the 13-education code (1301, 1302 and 1303) Australia wide. This represents 1.7 per cent of the grants allocated by the ARC, signifying how competitive this scheme is for educational researchers.

Current/Recent National and International Research Activities

Further information

For further information about research in the School of Education please contact Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Deputy Head of School Research.

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