We're passionate at GIER

Members of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research are passionate about demonstrating the impact of their research, so seek to disseminate their research findings to the widest possible audience.  We have found that our Twilight Lecture series, and other lectures and workshops, successfully achieve this goal, and invite you to participate in these events throughout the year.  You will discover that GIER’s applied research projects, in collaboration with industry partners, education systems, schools, community and not-for-profit organisations, are readily translated into practice, and encompass real and measurable impact that is making a better world.

Research spotlight

A new Australian Research Council Linkage Project co-directed by Professor Ross Homel from the Griffith Criminology Institute and Professor Greer Johnson from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research aims to improve child wellbeing in nine disadvantaged communities. Using a model that blends new human and digital resources, the $597,000 project builds on longstanding work in this area with collaborations between schools, families and community agencies.

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Previous events

Celebrating Women in Academia

This event featured a panel of contributing authors from two books - 'Lived Experiences: Women in Academia' and 'Women Activating Agency in Academia' – who discussed key themes emerging from their chapters to liberate thinking around the "lived experiences" of women in academia.  The panelists included women from local and international universities chosen for their interest, expertise and commitment to the success and well-being of women in academia.  The event was hosted by Prof Greer Johnson, Director of GIER, and Dr Ali Black, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast. Ali is the co-editor of the two recently published books.  The event was an informative and inspiring evening of personal accounts and open discussion which celebrates the work of female academics, values collaborative storytelling and showcases what matters to women in the academy.

This video is a record of the full event, including questions from the audience.

GIER’s Research in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (RADD) final lecture for 2018 – featuring Dr Jacqueline Rodgers from Newcastle University, UK and Dr Kate Simpson from RADD

“Depression and Low Mood in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Dr Rodgers’ presentation's focus is on mental health difficulties, common in children with autism, with many children experiencing anxiety, depression and low mood. Dr Rodgers discusses some of the signs and symptoms of depression in autistic children, considers reasons why children with autism may be especially at risk of depression and explores strategies and tools that might be useful to support children with autism who are experiencing depression.

“Hearing the Child’s Voice”

Dr Simpson discusses that understanding about the experiences of children on the autism spectrum has come from others, e.g. parents, carers, professionals. Hearing from the child about their life experiences has been neglected. Dr Simpson outlines methods used to elicit the viewpoints of children with autism and provides examples of recent work conducted by the Autism Centre of Excellence team.

This presentation has applications for people working with children on the autism spectrum.

This video presentation is a recording of the full event.

GIER’s Twilight presentation -

Professor Jacqueline Roberts and Dr Megan Clark from the Griffith University Autism Centre for Excellence

“Identifying strengths and enhancing resilience in children on the autism spectrum” – Professor Jacqueline Roberts

Professor Roberts’ focus is on the current understanding of many people with autism who are twice exceptional. Exceptional abilities exhibited may include: memory, hyperlexia, art, music, calendrical and mathematical calculation. She discusses the understanding and assessment of exceptional skills and the development of a curriculum designed to develop exceptional abilities functionally, to assist learning and social interaction.

“The strengths and positive attributes of children on the autism spectrum” – Dr Megan Clark

A focus on individual positive qualities in addition to areas of need provides a picture of the functioning of children on the autism spectrum. Dr Clark’s presentation discusses responses from children on the autism spectrum to questions: “what are you best at?”, “what do you like most about yourself?”, and “what do you enjoy the most?”. Factors that may help or hinder children on the spectrum from using their strengths at home, at school and in the community will be discussed from the parent’s perspective.

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