Researcher profiles

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie

Professor Amy Cutter-MacKenzie-Knowles

Research Strengths: Environmental education; Early childhood education; Childhood studies; Climate change education; Childhoodnature; Posthumanism; Child-Framed Research Methodologies.

Key Areas of Interest: Children and young people's affective, creative, and ontological relationships with/as nature and climate change.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster.

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Martin Hayden

Professor Martin Hayden

Research Strengths: Higher education in the Southeast Asian region; Governance in Australian higher education.

Key Areas of Interest: Higher education governance and management in the Southeast Asian region; higher degree supervisory practices.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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David Lynch

Professor David Lynch

Research Strengths: Whole of school teaching improvement.

Key Areas of Interest: Teaching; school leadership; teacher education; the role and skills required of educators to effect whole school teaching improvement.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Associate Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Nan Bahr

Professor Nan Bahr

Research Strengths: The influence of theory and student feedback on learning design; Building quality in teaching and teacher education; Learning design; Leadership enabling effective pedagogic change in higher education.

Key Areas of Interest: Music education; educational psychology; teacher education; adolescence; resilience; and teaching innovation in higher education.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor. 

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Lexi Lasczik

Associate Professor Alexandra Lasczik

Research Strengths: Arts-based Educational Research [ABER].

Key Areas of Interest: The Arts; Arts-Based Educational Research [ABER]; framed knowledge translation modes; issues of accessibility, including creative writing and artmaking; movement, specifically walkography, as an ABER methodology.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster.

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Geoff Woolcott

Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott

Research Strengths: Scientific approaches to educational theories and practices; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education; networks & complexity theory.

Key Areas of Interest: Studies of learning and engagement networks across society; knowledge networks; STEM education (mathematics and science focus); spatial reasoning; gifted education; complex networks; collaboration, impact and innovation; and, integrated service management.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Marilyn Chaseling

Associate Professor Marilyn Chaseling

Research Strengths: School improvement; Teacher professional development; Student-teacher learning; Public education; Music education history; Historical methodology.

Key Areas of Interest: Linking with the teaching profession and understanding the nexus between school and university. For example, she is currently leading a team of Southern Cross University academics in the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement.

Supervision level: PhD Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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David Zyngier

Associate Professor (Adjunct) David Zyngier

Research Strengths: Qualitative research, discourse and critical analysis.

Key Areas of Interest: Social justice and social inclusion; Teacher pedagogies that engage all students but in particular, how these can improve outcomes for students from communities of disadvantage.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

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Sue Hudson

Dr Sue Hudson

Research Strengths: Mentoring and induction; Beginning teachers; Professional Experience; Mentoring preservice teachers; Graduate standards for teachers; School-Community Integrated Learning (SCIL) pathway.

Key Areas of Interest: Community engagement; professional experience; middle schooling and mentoring.

Supervision level: PhD Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Raoul Adam

Dr Raoul Adam

Research Strengths: Depth Interviewing; Discourse Analysis; Comparative Case Studies; Collective Intelligence Focus Groups; Mixed-Method Survey Design; Ethnography & Autoethnography; Qualitative Data Mapping & Visualisation.

Key Areas of Interest: The origin and nature of worldviews and contested social issues or ‘wicked problems’

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster, and TeachLab Research Group.

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Marianne Logan

Dr Marianne Logan

Research Strengths: Environmental Sustainability/ community partnerships.

Key Areas of Interest: Inspiring learners in science, sustainability and the environment.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster.

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Lisa Jacka

Dr Lisa Jacka

Research Strengths: The implementation, integration and support of innovative technology in teaching and learning.

Key Areas of Interest: The integration of technologies through the development of 21st century pedagogies, across curriculum areas in K-12 and higher education.

Supervision level: PhD Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Brad Shipway

Dr Brad Shipway

Research Strengths: 

Critical realist philosophy, lineage & developments, application of critical realism to the field of education, esp. school reform, teacher development and indigenous education, critical realist and postfoundational/poststructural research methods, school improvement, teacher development.

Key Areas of Interest: Educational leadership, emancipatory educational pedagogy, education in the 4th industrial revolution, lineage of educational research paradigms and traditions, the interface between constructivist learning theory and realist educational philosophy, futurist education.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster, and TeachLab Research Group.

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Tony Yeigh

Dr Tony Yeigh

Research Strengths: Working memory (WM) and classroom instructional design; Cognitive Load Theory (CLT); Teacher education and training; School leadership and school improvement; Blended learning.

Key Areas of Interest: Blended learning; school improvement; classroom behaviour; emotion and affect in teaching and learning; social-emotional well-being.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Angela Turner

Dr Angela Turner

Research Strengths: Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural food enterprise; Teacher Professional Learning; Mixed Methods research.

Key Areas of Interest: The multifaceted relationship between human agency, technology choice, ecology as a resource, and sustainable preferred futures

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster, and TeachLab Research Group.

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Wendy Boyd

Dr Wendy Boyd

Research Strengths: Early childhood education programs; Early childhood teachers' attitudes to child care; Early childhood education for sustainability; Pre-service teachers' mathematics anxiety.

Key Areas of Interest: The quality of children’s experiences in early childhood education; Play-based experiences to support children’s learning.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP), and TeachLab Research Group.

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Anne Bellert

Dr Anne Bellert

Research Strengths: Educational approaches for students experiencing learning difficulties.

Key Areas of Interest: Learning difficulties in reading and mathematics; literacy; numeracy; teacher knowledge about how findings from cognitive neuroscience relate to classroom practices.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Jenny Johnston

Dr Jenny Johnston

Research Strengths: Range of qualitative methodologies.

Key Areas of Interest: Teacher identity; leadership; positive psychology; parent engagement; quality teaching; teacher professionalism; change implementation; the introduction of teaching innovations.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-Supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Tess Boyle

Dr Tess Boyle

Research Strengths: Educational transitions and policies; Critical participatory action research; Critical practice theories.

Key Areas of Interest: Cross-sectorial continuity and transitions to school.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

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Christos Markopoulos

Dr Christos Markopoulos

Research Strengths: Mathematics education.

Key Areas of Interest: Mathematics education, especially in the development of learning environments which encourage students to construct their own mathematical meanings.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Chris Zehnter

Dr Chris Zehntner 

Research Strengths: Sociocultural research using the methodology’s aligned with Creative Analytical Practice (CAP). Thematic analysis; Social Media; Auto-ethnography; Narrative ethnography; Case study; Action research. 

Key Areas of Interest: The power/ knowledge nexus in sporting contexts; Intersectionality; Inclusion in sport.

Supervision level: PhD Principal or Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Lewes Peddell

Dr Lewes Peddell 

Research Strengths: Music Performance Practice especially conducting and rehearsal pedagogies; Teaching; School Leadership; Teacher Education.

Key Areas of Interest: Mathematics education, Music education; teacher education; teaching innovation; well-being.

Supervision level: PhD Co-supervisor, EdD, Masters by Research and Honours.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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David Ellis

Mr David Ellis

Research Strengths: Technology Education; Maker Education; STEM Education; Eco-Design.

Key Areas of Interest: David’s current research interests relate to his PhD study including: teacher professional learning; Technology Education; STEM Education; Maker Education; Sustainable Human Centered Design, Urban agriculture; contemporary and emerging manufacturing technologies; The role of virtual environments in designing; Embedding sustainability as essential criteria in the design process.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster, and TeachLab Research Group.

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Cathy Lembke

Mrs Cathy Lembke

Research Strengths: Developing cultural competence; the impact of short term education immersion programs for Australian pre- service teachers; the link between school leadership and real school improvement.

Key Areas of Interest: Developing the cultural competence of pre-service teachers by short term immersion education programs in Cambodia, and improving student outcomes through improved school leadership.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Megan Pedler

Megan Pedler

Research Strengths: Education with a focus on teachers’ conceptualisations of student engagement and how these understandings impact on their teaching practices.

Key Areas of Interest: Effective teacher pedagogy and how this can support diverse learners in both primary and secondary classrooms.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Jubilee Smith

Jubilee Smith

Research Strengths: Early literacy and language development; STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education; Teaching English and Technology.

Key Areas of Interest: English (Early Childhood and English); the use of digital technology in education; STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP), and TeachLab Research Group.

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Peter Cook

Dr Peter Cook

Research Strengths: Dance education; Arts education; A/r/tography; Performing Arts activism; Online delivery of teacher education in the Arts.

Key Areas of Interest: Arts teaching experience and curriculum implementation with students from selective, Performing Arts and comprehensive schools.

Supervision level: Masters and PhD Co-supervision.

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Maia Osborn

Maia Osborn

Research Strengths: Teaching, social ecology, holistic environmental education, community partnerships, narrative inquiry, place-responsive and experiential pedagogies.

Key Areas of Interest: School-community-university-human-nonhuman engagement, collaboration and partnerships.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster.

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Lisa Siegel

Research Strengths: Posthumanist and materialist feminist theory, environmental education, post-qualitative research methodologies.

Key Areas of Interest: Lisa is currently writing her PhD thesis which focuses on the lived experiences of women environmentalists. Based on a new materialist feminist theoretical framework, this research employs a collective biography methodology to explore how environmental agency can be understood and mediated.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster, and TeachLab Research Group.

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Dr Sarah James

Research Strengths: Literacy Education, English Specialisation, Teacher Practice and Standards, Mixed Methods Methodology, Social Developmental Theory (Vygotsky), Graduate Teacher Performance, Professional Experience, Mentoring in Initial Teacher Education, Large Scale Studies, Experiential Learning (Dewey), Higher Degree Researcher Engagement

Key Areas of Interest: Preservice Teacher and Initial Teacher Education/Mentoring, Literacy Mentoring/ Literacy Education/ Concept Formation, Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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Dr Jemma Peisker

Research Strengths: Arts-Based Educational Research Methodologies, Material Engagement Theory, Optimal Engagement (Flow Theory) in Middle School Arts Students.

Key Areas of Interest: Middle and Secondary student engagement with creative materials within the educational setting. 

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster.

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Dr Alicia Phillips

Research Strengths: Quality early childhood education and care, The National Quality Framework, NQS and assessment and rating process, Educators’ perceptions of early childhood education and care, Foucauldian theory.

Key Areas of Interest: Children’s development, health and wellbeing. 

Supervision level: Honours and Masters Coursework Project Supervision.

Member of Research Group/Centre/Cluster: TeachLab Research Group.

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