The Griffith Institute for Educational Research offers five research programs led by esteemed senior researchers with wide ranging experience and expertise in driving successful research projects. These research programs are: Educational Justice, Equity and Excellence, Leadership for learning, Professional and Practice-based learning, Teacher Education and Research in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Suitably qualified domestic and international applicants whose research interests align with the program foci are strongly encouraged to apply and may be eligible for funding through the Griffith University Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarship programme.

For further information about these opportunities, please contact HDR Coordinator Dr Christine McDonald in the first instance. Information about studying for HDR programs at Griffith can be found here.

Research programs

Educational Justice, Equity and Excellence

Educational Justice, Equity and Excellence

Researchers in this program are currently investigating the effects of social inequality on wellbeing and educational achievement, focusing on curriculum, pedagogies and assessment. HDR applicants are encouraged to apply to contribute to multiple current projects focused on literacy and numeracy attainment, student and teacher wellbeing, appropriate pedagogies, gender and schooling, and poverty and schooling. Some of these projects are discussed here.

Program leaders: Professor Parlo Singh, Professor Beryl Exley and Dr Sue Whatman.

Leadership for learning

Leadership for learning

HDR applicants to this program are encouraged to apply to work with members of the CREATE Research team as they support families, educators, school leaders, and community agents in building mutually responsive partnerships for collective impact. Applicants with research interests related to school leadership and/or parent engagement and experience in using a mixed methods research approach in order to examine links between authentic family-school-community engagement and outcomes for children are particularly welcome.

Program leader: Associate Professor Bev Flückiger

Practice-based learning

Professional and Practice-based Learning

Researchers in this program are advancing understandings that go beyond existing conceptions of occupational and workplace expertise, adaptability and virtuosity by offering comprehensive, empirically-based and theoretically-informed accounts of what they constitute and how they can be effectively developed in educational and workplace settings. Current projects include those associated with commercial pilots, healthcare workers, aged care and advanced manufacturing. These interests extend to initially learning occupations through to ongoing learning across working lives or lifelong learning. This includes how younger and older people consider and engage in learning through and for work and the combination of experiences in workplaces and educational institutions.

HDR applicants are invited to engage with these researchers and contribute to this body of research through topics that elaborate and extend contemporary accounts of how learning in and through practice can secure outcomes associated with adults’ further development and effective professional practice. Studies will need to focus on fields of professional practice and professional practitioners in ways that bring about positive ongoing change for individuals, communities and practice settings.

Program leaders: Professor Stephen Billett and Associate Professor Sarojni Choy

Teacher Education

Teacher Education

Student engagement has been identified as one of the most reliable predictors of academic achievement. Teacher effectiveness in mitigating against student disengagement is crucial and developing teacher efficacy through targeted professional learning is therefore essential. In response to this need, researchers in the Teacher Education program have developed a theoretically and empirically-informed model for adolescent student engagement, which is currently being developed to provide personalised interactive technology learning tools for teachers. HDR applicants are encouraged to apply to contribute to a research project investigating teacher engagement with interactive technologies and measure the value of professional learning tools to develop teacher efficacy in enhancing student engagement.

Program leaders: Associate Professor Jeanne Allen, Professor Donna Pendergast and Dr Kate Thompson

autism and developmental disabilities

Research in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Researchers in this multi-disciplinary program draw upon their experiences in education, psychology, speech and language pathology and occupational therapy to conduct high quality research which aims to enhance participation and engagement both in and outside of school for individuals with autism and/or developmental disabilities and their families. Researchers have a strong program of research and a cohort of HDR candidates focussing on mental health (including anxiety) in individuals on the autism spectrum and developmental disabilities, some of which is described in this video. Potential HDR applicants who are interested in exploring the presentation and/or impact of mental health and well-being in individuals on the autism spectrum are encouraged to apply.

Program leaders: Professor Deb Keen, Dr Dawn Adams

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