Expertise spanning the full spectrum of educational research

Our members come from the School of Education and Professional Studies, other Griffith University faculties and other national and international institutions. Follow the links to our Experts staff profile pages to find out more about our individual research strengths, background, research supervision, funded research and publications.

Our team


Professor Peter Grootenboer

Professor Grootenboer's research and teaching interests focuses on

  • Professional practice and theories of practice
  • Educational leadership and school-based educational development
  • Mathematics education

Deputy Director

Professor Leonie Rowan

Professor Rowan's research and teaching interests focus on three key inter-related areas:

  • Gender and education
  • University teaching and learning
  • Educational and social justice.

Professional staff

Members and expertise

Associate Professor Dawn Adams

Autism, Intellectual disabilities, mental health and behaviour

Associate Professor Jeanne Allen

Innovation in partnership, teacher education, and professional experience and mentoring

Dr Debbie Bargallie

Her research examines the experiences of everyday racism for Indigenous employees in the Australian Public Service.

Dr Aspa Baroutsis

Mediatisation of teachers’ work and identity construction; social justice in education; student engagement and voice; digital literacies and pedagogies

Dr Wendi Beamish

Teacher practice in educational transitions, positive behavioural support, autism

Professor Stephen Billett

Lifelong learning, workplace learning, and vocational education and training

Dr Jennifer Cartmel

School Age Child Care, Children's Services - Policy and Pedagogy, Intergenerational Practice

Professor Sarojni Choy

Adult and vocational education, workplace learning and continuing education training

Dr Megan Clark

The social emotional well-being and educational outcomes of school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Professor Julie Dunn

Drama education, early childhood education, and development of language and literacy through drama

Dr Anna Du Plessis

Education Practices, Professional Learning and Development of Teachers and Leaders, Classroom Management and Pedagogies, Behaviour Management, Education Policies, Teacher Placements, Comparative Education, Educator Training

Professor Beryl Exley

English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)

Associate Professor Bev Fluckiger

Leadership for learning, family, school partnerships and early childhood education

Associate Professor David Geelan

Teacher explanations in science education, interactive simulations in science education, narrative and mixed research methodologies, physics education and chemistry education

Professor Peter Grootenboer

Mathematics education, practice theory, action research and middle leadership

Dr Feifei Han

Technology in learning and teaching, student experience of learning, computer-assisted collaborative learning.

Dr Steven Hodge

Adult education, vocational education and training, curriculum design and development

Professor Greer Johnson

Leadership for learning focusing on remote Indigenous schools and communities; education systems; school leaders; and families and communities, for collective impact on children’s learning and wellbeing

Professor Deb Keen

Autism, communication and early intervention

Dr Lisbeth Kitson

Language and literacy in primary and middle years, literacy across the curriculum, use and integration of ICT

Associate Professor Kevin Larkin

Primary mathematics education, digital technologies in mathematics education and early years STEM education

Dr Sherilyn Lennon

Gender education, literacy across the curriculum, and transformative and critical pedagogies

Dr Katherine Main

Adolescent development, collaborative teaching, and junior and middle schooling

Associate Professor Tim Mavin

Aviation, vocational education and training, distributed cognition and joint cognitive systems

Associate Professor Christine McDonald

Science education, nature of science, and curriculum and pedagogy

Dr Glenda McGregor

Alternative and democratic schooling, curriculum, social justice and education

Dr Michelle Neumann

Early childhood education, literacy development, science education and digital literacy

Dr Jessica Paynter

Autism; evidence-based practice; knowledge translation; emergent literacy.

Professor Donna Pendergast

Middle years education, teacher efficacy, and teacher education and development

Dr Sarah Prestridge

Use and integration of ICT, digital literacy and online professional learning

Dr Tasha Riley

Social justice in education, diversity education and Indigenous education

Professor Jacqueline Roberts

Education and autism, echolalia and autism inclusion in mainstream education

Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia

Twice-exceptional students, Gifted and talented education, Educational provision and differentiation for diverse learners through transformative pedagogical approaches, Narrative inquiry, Initial teacher education, Student engagement and belongingness

Professor Leonie Rowan

Gender and education, university teaching and learning, and educational and social justice

Dr Kate Simpson

Autism, participation and sensory behaviours

Professor Parlo Singh

Sociology of education, politics of curriculum, and pedagogy and teacher professional development

Dr Madonna Stinson

Creative pedagogy, drama and arts education, curriculum and pedagogy

Dr Kerry Taylor-Leech

Bilingualism and multilingualism, language and identity, and language education and literacy policy and practice

Dr Roberta Thompson

Social psychology, interplay between gender, social media practice, identity construction, and online risk. Girls' Social Media Project

Dr Greg Vass

Culturally responsive schooling, curriculum and pedagogy, professional learning, identity, education policy.

Associate Professor Marleen Westerveld

Language and literacy development and disorders, speech pathology, spontaneous language sampling, autism and related developmental disabilities

Dr Susan Whatman

Sport and physical education pedagogy, health and physical education curriculum, Indigenous education, and Bernstein curriculum theory

Dr Benjamin Williams

Health and physical education, initial teacher education, and HPE curriculum and policy

Dr Linda Willis

Parent Engagement, Humanities and Social Sciences Education, Literacy Education, Inquiry Curriculum, Dialogic Pedagogies, Preservice Teacher Education

Associate Professor Stuart Woodcock

Inclusion & Inclusive education, Specific learning disabilities, Attribution theory, Teacher self-efficacy, Classroom management

Adjunct members

  • Associate Professor Marit Aas
  • Professor Nanette Bahr
  • Mr Robert Barton
  • Professor Catherine Beavis
  • Dr Lori Beckett
  • Professor Christopher Bigum
  • Dr Helen Bound
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Burton
  • Professor Jean Clandinin
  • Dr Trevor Clark
  • Dr Ian Davis
  • Emeritus Professor Neil Dempster
  • Professor Philip Diver
  • Dr Darryl Dymock
  • Associate Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira
  • Professor Laurent Filliettaz
  • Emeritus Professor Glenn Finger
  • Professor Reinaldo Fleuri
  • Professor Susanne Garvis
  • Dr Lyn Gilmour
  • Dr Jill Girdwood
  • Professor Hannu Heikkinen
  • Professor Patricia Howlin
  • Professor Stephan Huber
  • Professor Jeroen Imants
  • Mr Glenn Jackwitz
  • Professor Ulrich Kortenkamp
  • Professor Silke Ladel
  • Professor Matthew Links
  • Associate Professor Ian Munro
  • Dr Alexander Muspratt
  • Professor John O'Toole
  • Dr Lisa Palethorpe
  • Associate Professor Michelle Pigeon
  • Associate Professor Eileen Piggot-Irvine
  • Professor Jacqui Rodgers
  • Dr Judy Rose
  • Dr Viviana Sappa
  • Dr Kassandra Soo
  • Professor Tony Townsend
  • Dr Madonna Tucker
  • Professor Paivi Tynjala
  • Professor Allan Walker
  • Dr Satine Winter
  • Professor Tiedao Zhang
  • Professor Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt

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