Dr Mia O'Brien is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional studies and is currently the Coordinator of Initial Teacher Education & Professional Experience. Her areas of specialisation are pedagogy, professional learning and the application of positive psychologies to school and classroom contexts.
Fields of Expertise
- Action Research
- Professional Learning
- Initial Teacher Education
Mia has developed her skills as a researcher and facilitator of pedagogical renewal through leadership of several national, competitively funded research projects, all of which are focused on pedagogical renewal and student engagement through action research. She has particular strengths in the facilitation of professional learning and classroom-based action research with a strong track record in professional development. Her enthusiasm for working with teachers in classrooms remains central to her research and professional development activities.
Research highlights include:
- 2014-2016: Love Maths, Why Not? Developing Students' Positive Learning Identities and Engagement in Mathematics. Research Partner: ARC Discovery Grant.
- 2011-2014: Enhancing Proportional Reasoning Through Innovative Pedagogy. Research Partner: ARC Linkage Project.
Mia is developing a state and national profile in positive education and innovative pedagogies within the academic and professional development spheres. She currently leads a whole-school pedagogical renewal project funded by one of the largest independent schools in Southeast Queensland, a multi-school pedagogical renewal project funded by the Australian Research Council; and is an invited professional learning facilitator for the ‘Teachers-as-Researchers’ (action research consultant) initiative that runs across several dozen schools under the auspices of the Independent Schools of Queensland (ISQ) Association.
- Professional Memberships: Australian Teacher Education Association, Australian Association for Research in Education, Educational Praxis, Practice Theory & Action Research (Special Interest Group).
- O'Brien, M. (2008). Teaching as Translation: An Investigation of University Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Reasoning and Intention. Thesis (PhD Doctorate), Griffith University, Brisbane.